Hi, my name is Neil Anderson. I am one of the VISTAs serving at the Char-Em United Way in Petoskey. We just finished our Day of Action Event. For this event we had 35 volunteers read to nearly 300 children in Charlevoix and Emmet counties at 13 different daycares, libraries, books stores and preschools. I personally read to a group of kids up in Pellston at a day care there.
We also had our Celebration Breakfast event for our donors, volunteers, and funded partners. It was quite a bit of fun and went well. The event was held in the Odawa Casino’s Ovation Hall and the Casino was incredibly helpful with getting set up and tearing down, though they have some pretty strict security rules.
Outside of our big events I have been working on improving the efficiency of my host organization by combing through the reports of our grant recipients. I will be looking for inaccuracies and reporting to my supervisor with recommendations on what we track from those organizations. This is in an effort to have a better understanding of what our grants are going to change.
I am also in the middle of making my legacy binder and getting ready for the next VISTA to come in at the end of my service year, only a few months away. It is a bit more involved than I expected when I started working on the binder, but I’m sure I’ll get it done on time.
I am also doing research on what are indicators of success in Elementary, Middle, and High School for a collection of people who are interested in decreasing poverty in our area, through our Poverty Reduction Initiative. I specifically provide data analysis for the group.
Each blog post was written by one of our VISTAs!