We welcome the AmeriCorps VISTA program to the Jewish Renaissance Family of Organizations (JRFO).
Our AmeriCorps VISTA team have proven themselves to be an invaluable asset to the JRFO, with Vista members serving at many of the sites within the organization. Their hard work and dedication to service has been essential in our mission to strengthen our community.
What is AmeriCorps? See FAQs here.
Meet the VISTAs
AmeriCorps VISTA Testimonials - Why did you join?
Quanasia Frost, AmeriCorps VISTA Leader 2016-18
" I joined the AmeriCorps VISTA program to serve my country in a way that would allow me to continue to help those in need while expanding upon my professional skills."
Edwin Xue, AmeriCorps VISTA 2017-18 (JRMC)
“ I joined AmeriCorps VISTA because it is an amazing opportunity for me to serve my country by helping the less fortunate and the disadvantaged. Now as a VISTA at JRMC, I hope to continue my passion for service by building capacity for JRMC, engaging the community, and improving access to comprehensive healthcare. By the end of my service, I expect to expand upon my professional skills as I get ready to take the next step in my journey to help out the world.”
Bess Fleischman, AmeriCorps VISTA 2017-18 (JRMC)
"I joined Americorps VISTA because I am passionate about helping families gain access to affordable healthcare. My service has allowed me to build capacity for the JRMC while also growing professionally and personally."
Brandon Scott, AmeriCorps VISTA 2017-18 (JRMC)
“I joined AmeriCorps VISTA because it provides a unique opportunity to serve disadvantaged communities while cultivating professional skills. At the end of my VISTA term, I hope to be a more refined and effective professional.”
Krystle Allen, AmeriCorps VISTA 2017-18 (JRMC)
"I joined AmeriCorps VISTA because of the rewarding experience I had when I served in AmeriCorps NCCC in 2004. Being a VISTA member will enhance my professional skills and be the change agent to enhance productivity in the communities I serve. I know that being a VISTA member will reward me with life-changing experiences for myself and the communities I am involved with."
Leslie Navas, AmeriCorps VISTA 2017-18(JRMC)
"I joined AmeriCorps VISTA because it allows me the opportunity to serve a disadvantaged community and make a difference among the lives of the residents. It will also allow me to further develop my professional skills for all of my future endeavors."
Former Vista Testimonials
Maximo Vazquez, AmeriCorps Vista 2016-17 (OECD)
"I thought it made sense mathematically: Add a year of service to subtract some of the problems from our community and multiply the potential of our peoples so we can divide and share our prosperity."
Derrel Murray, AmeriCorps VISTA 2016-17 (JRMC)
“To engage with the community and utilize my background in marketing to highlight and build upon the services that JRMC has to offer.”
Joanne Lim, AmeriCorps VISTA 2016-17 (JRMC)
"To serve and give back to the community by using my knowledge and skills to implement quality healthcare services for medically underserved communities."
Alibell Marquez, AmeriCorps Vista 2016-17 (BGCPA)
“I joined Americorps VISTA because I wanted to do something worthwhile. This program allows me to bring forth my passion for helping others, enrich myself as a human being, strengthen the skills I have learned while in school and in everyday life, and give back to the community I was born and raised in.”
Miriam (Mimi) Merkin, AmeriCorps VISTA Summer of 2017 (JRMC
“I joined AmeriCorps VISTA because I hope to better inform and engage the Perth Amboy community about JRMC services and programs. I am looking forward to utilizing and improving my skills in order to serve the community.”
Amanda Tse, AmeriCorps VISTA 2016-17 (JRF)
"I became an AmeriCorps VISTA to return to my hometown and give purpose to my work as I develop my passion for a career in healthcare."
Mayra Aburto, AmeriCorps VISTA 2016-17 (JRMC)
"To increase my professional skills in order to be of the best service in educating and providing healthcare resources to my own community."
Scott James, AmeriCorps VISTA 2016-17 (JRMC)
"To join a cause dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of underserved communities in our country."
Aimee Ulep, AmeriCorps Vista 2015-16 (JRMC)
"To spend a year in service helping bring awareness to and fulfill the medical needs of people in economically and medically underserved communities."
Matthew Riedinger, AmeriCorps Vista 2015-16 (JRMC)
"To serve my country in a way I can give back to the community."
Valerin Ubri, AmeriCorps Vista 2016-17 (P.A.R.T.N.E.R)
“I joined AmeriCorps VISTA to continue with the great work that the Jewish Renaissance group is doing to help our community. This is my second year as AmeriCorps and my first as VISTA. Doing direct service had a great impact in my life and my thoughts about how I can help my community, and building capacity will be the base for those who are coming after.”