Today is National Service Recognition Day, and that means some of The Health Trust’s own made an appearance at San Jose City Hall to be recognized by Mayor Sam Liccardo. Our two AmeriCorps VISTA members, Christine Chow and Lenae Stevens, have been working at The Health Trust since September 2016.
At The Health Trust foundation office, Christine Chow supports our Food for Everyone work. Thanks to her hours of research, number-crunching, and PowerPoint presentation prowess, The Health Trust has made great progress toward increasing healthy food access for families and seniors in affordable housing. Christine says her favorite thing about The Health Trust is the diversity of issues surrounding health that it works on.
Lenae Stevens is based at The Jerry Larson FOODBasket, where she supports the daily operations and brings efficiency to the FOODBasket’s volunteer coordination. She’s also the FOODBasket’s social media and newsletter manager. Since Lenae has been on board with the FOODBasket, she has coordinated with hundreds of volunteers, including Meals On Wheels drivers.
AmeriCorps VISTA is a 1-year national service program run by the Corporation for National and Community Service that places hardworking volunteers at nonprofits across the country. Over 4,520 local leaders, who together represent 194 million citizens, agree that national service works. And VISTA members are set apart because they work “behind the scenes” to build their organizations’ capacity to alleviate poverty.
The Health Trust and its three partner organizations in the Silicon Valley HealthCorps, Sacred Heart Community Services, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Veggielution, benefit from the great work of our seven VISTA members to increase access to healthy food in low-income areas.
We thank Christine and Lenae for their service!