Volunteers

VISTE Annual Meeting Highlights Partnerships

At Wednesday’s Annual Meeting, Volunteers in Service to the Elderly officials reflected on a year of transition and growth. The meeting’s theme, Forward! echoed throughout the sentiments of VISTE President, Steve Bissonnette, as he shared the many ways in which VISTE has benefited from partnerships in the community. “It is an honor to be part […]

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VISTE Volunteers Honored at Luncheon

On April 1st, at VISTE’s Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE) named David Deal as their 2015 Volunteer of the Year, according to Ashley Miller, VISTE Volunteer Coordinator. “The Dr. Sam Clark Memorial Award is given to our Volunteer of the Year each year,” Miller said. “It is an incredibly […]

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Lakeland Area Chamber Foundation Gives Grant to VISTE

VISTE (Volunteers In Service To the Elderly) has been unanimously awarded a grant from the Lakeland Area Chamber Foundation for the organization’s Cakes for Caring program, according to Alice O’Reilly, VISTE President. The 2015 grant is in the amount of $2,000 and will be used to purchase supplies to enhance the current birthday cake program. […]

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GiveWell Community Foundation Provides Grant to VISTE

VISTE clients are able to celebrate the holidays in ways they might not have otherwise, thanks to the generosity of the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation, according to Alice O’Reilly, VISTE President. Volunteers In Service To the Elderly (VISTE) recently received a 2014 Helping Hand Holiday Feeding Grant for $69,460, which […]

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VISTE Clients Recipients of Local Collaboration

Recently, employees at Madden Brand Agency worked with students at Lincoln Avenue Academy in an enhancement project aimed at teaching students how marketing can affect change. VISTE clients were the beneficiaries of that change as students collected a little more than 2,600 personal care items for VISTE through the project. “We were just delighted to […]

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Making a difference

So often, we hear clients say that without VISTE, they wouldn’t be able to stay in their homes. It’s gratifying to hear that we’re making a big difference and meeting the VISTE mission. The ways that VISTE staff and volunteers make that possible differs with each client. Each story is different. Recently, one of the […]

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VISTE Celebrates Thanksgiving in a Big Way

Nineteen years ago, VISTE (Volunteers In Service To the Elderly) leadership saw a need within its client base and reached out to volunteers to help meet that need. Thanks to the kindness of those volunteers, 100 clients received a Thanksgiving meal that year. This Thanksgiving, VISTE anticipates delivering meals to approximately 1,400 clients on Nov. […]

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Coffee & Learn Seminar Focuses of Medicare Enrollment

Navigating the choices available during the Annual Enrollment Period of Medicare can be difficult for seniors. VISTE is trying to make this time easier by presenting information on this topic during their monthly Coffee and Learn education seminar on Oct. 15. The SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) Medicare program offers free and unbiased […]

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A Tribute to a Volunteer: Colman Boyles

This is a guest post by Ashley Miller, VISTE’s Volunteer Coordinator, who spoke at the funeral of Colman Boyles. These comments were taken from her statements at his funeral. Recently, VISTE lost a very special volunteer. It is my honor to share Colman’s story on behalf of VISTE and those staff, volunteers, and clients whose […]

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Caring for the Caregiver

“If you give all of yourself to caregiving, you will run out of self to give,” said Dr. Jacke Harris, retired clinical psychologist and VISTE volunteer. Harris conducted the VISTE Coffee and Learn seminar on Aug. 12 and discussed how caregivers can care for themselves as well as for their loved ones. VISTE serves individuals […]

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