VISTA Volunteers Serving At Creighton
Joleen Zabawa and James Estwick of Omaha and Kirsten Moffett of Bemidgi, Minn., are working at Creighton University this year as AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteers. All three are working with Creighton’s Department of Service-Learning.
Zabawa and Moffett are developing an interactive website that will facilitate partnerships between community agencies and those faculty and students who are looking for service-learning and volunteer opportunities in the Omaha area. The new website, “Community Connections,” which goes live in April, can be found at: www.midwestservicelearning.org.
Moffett is also working with Scott Chadwick, Ph.D., associate vice president for Academic Affairs, on research and assessment of service-learning activities at Creighton.
Estwick is working with the Boy Scouts of America to expand and enhance Creighton’s support of that program in neighboring North Omaha. He is concentrating his efforts on Creighton’s adopt-a-schools: Kellom, Liberty, Conestoga and Jesuit Middle.
Creighton University sponsors VISTA participants through the Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education. On campus, these projects are facilitated by Penny Boykins, community partnership director of service-learning at Creighton.
VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), one of three AmeriCorps programs, has been in existence since 1965. Today, nearly 6,000 VISTA members are providing full-time service in more than 1,200 projects nationwide – working to address issues of poverty. This volunteer program enhances Creighton’s mission of developing “women and men for others.”