AmeriCorps VISTA: Safiya Chaudry
AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) members are placed at the National Network for Arab American Communities' (NNAAC) member organizations to develop new programs, recruit volunteers and seek program funding.
Get to know Safiya Chaudry, one of our 2016-17 AmeriCorps VISTA members, in our interview with her below!
Somali Family Service of San Diego | San Diego, Calif.
Q: Why did you join the VISTA program?
A: I decided to join VISTA because I've taken note of the various immigrant communities that have been incredibly underserved within my city. I knew that I wanted to build resources for such communities and VISTA was my path towards doing so.
Q: What personal or professional goals do you want to achieve during this program?
A: My goal is to gain a better understanding of how to provide the community I'm serving with strategies to overcome the barriers of marginalization. I understand that putting a band-aid on an issue is not a viable solution. Instead, it is necessary to assist a community in becoming self-sustaining. I hope that through my work here at Somali Family Service, I will acquire the insight on how to do so.
Q: How does this program fit into your future plans?
A: In the future, I hope to continue to serve disenfranchised communities in some way or another. Through this program I hope to garner the tools to do so.
Q: Describe yourself in three words.
A: Devoted, Passionate, and Inquisitive.
At each host organization, VISTA members will either develop a new program, or build the reach and scope of an already existing program. VISTA members will be involved in grant writing and fundraising for employment programs, and will recruit a corps of volunteers to continue with the program beyond the VISTA cycle. Click here to learn more.