News & Updates from Viste

Mission Moment: “Why I Volunteer at Thanksgiving”

A longtime VISTE supporter and volunteer, Bonnie Paternoster comes from a close-knit family that believes in service to others. According to Bonnie, her parents, Dee and Charles Clayton, “were the kind who always took care of other people,” especially the elderly. Bonnie also has a passion for helping the elderly. Originally from New Jersey, Bonnie […]

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Development News: “Gratitude Unlocks the Fullness of Life”

As we begin the start of the holiday season it is appropriate that our first holiday focuses on giving thanks. VISTE is so thankful for the many volunteers that are the namesake of the organization, without whom we would not exist. We are also thankful to the many donors who support our good work by […]

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VISTE’S 24th Annual Thanksgiving Meal Delivery

Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE) is pleased to announce that the 24th Annual Thanksgiving Meal Delivery will take place on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, with meal pickup at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland. This event brings the community together to kick off the holiday season by distributing Thanksgiving meals and beautiful live […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Volunteer Appreciation Awards 2020

Our Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon in April had to be cancelled this year because of COVID, so we had to get more creative to honor our AMAZING VOLUNTEERS! In August, VISTE staff and volunteers worked together to present these awards outside the recipients’ homes by way of Volunteer Appreciation Parades. Cars/vans/trucks were decorated, and signs […]

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Leadership Notes: Welcome Callie Neslund, New Board Chair

We are pleased to welcome Callie Neslund as VISTE’s new Board Chair! Callie is a longtime supporter of VISTE and has served on the Board since 2012, most recently as Vice Chair. She brings enthusiasm and a solid business approach to VISTE. Her vision for the organization includes a focus on strategic planning, staff development, […]

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President’s Message: A Spirit of Gratitude

As fall begins and the holiday season is soon upon us, this is traditionally a time to give thanks. While there is much to be thankful for, it may be more difficult this year to experience the fullness of joy that often accompanies this season. If you find yourself in that situation, I encourage you […]

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Leadership Notes: Chris Asbill, Board Chairman

By: Steve Bissonnette, VISTE President An enthusiastic VISTE supporter and volunteer for many years, Chris Asbill joined the Advisory Board in 2009, became a Board Member in 2016, was Vice Chair in 2018, and for the past two years has served as VISTE’s Board Chairman. Chris has a supportive and effective leadership style and typically […]

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From the Development Director: How You Can Help

It is coming up on a year that I have served as VISTE’s first Development Director. Of course, I could never have imagined how 2020 was going to unfold – none of us could. But one thing I learned from the first day I started is that VISTE has incredibly loyal donors. When the virus […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Southeastern University Athletics Department

As soon as most of the students left the campus of Southeastern University (SEU) to comply with COVID-19 requirements, the Athletics Department staff knew they needed a little something more than Zoom meetings. Athletic Director Drew Watson reached out to VISTE on behalf of the Department, and the group has stepped up to help VISTE […]

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President’s Message: Hope Springs Eternal

By: Steve Bissonnette, VISTE President Hope Springs Eternal. That proverb originated from an essay written by Alexander Pope in 1732 in which he states: “People always hope for the best, even in the face of adversity.” Over time, however, the cares of this world have cast doubt on this aspirational view of the human spirit. […]

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