February 2, 2001
GENEVA, NY—Eight members of the University of Delaware's AmeriCorps*VISTA program, including Jennifer Leshnower, a 2000 William Smith graduate, will visit Hobart and William Smith Colleges on Tuesday, February 20, and Wednesday, February 21. They will assist with a service project with Lakeview Mental Health Services in Geneva from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20, then give a presentation on VISTA, community empowerment, service, and future opportunities for national service from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Sanford Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library, on the HWS campus. They will also conduct a session on service from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. on Wednesday, February 21, in the Blue Room of Scandling Center.
Leshnower, of Brighton, N.Y., is the daughter of Ms. Elaine Leshnower of Rochester. During her time at HWS she served as a student trustee, trained students to become leaders with the Student Life and Leadership initiative, and led the campus delegation of Campus Democrats. She was also active in off-campus service, as a leader in the Geneva Heroes program, which works with local middle-school students.
The visit is part of a promotional tour of upstate New York, the home state of many of the volunteers on the tour. The group will visit several upstate cities and universities, spreading information about the Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) program in the communities and working on service projects in each location.
The University of Delaware's AmeriCorps*VISTA program places volunteers in public elementary and middle schools throughout the State of Delaware, to serve communities with high poverty levels and large populations of at-risk children, matching at-risk children with mentors and tutors to help provide social and academic reinforcement. The volunteers also operate parent resource centers, after-school programs, and other projects to help Delaware's communities enrich the lives of their children.
As part of the AmeriCorps national network of service, VISTA volunteers have worked to meet the needs of low-income communities since 1965. More than 120,000 committed individuals have joined forces with more than 15,000 local sponsors—public agencies and non-profit groups—to strengthen low-income communities across the nation and carry out the mission of AmeriCorps * VISTA.