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Volunteer Program

The “V” in VISTE stands for so much! Words cannot describe the warmth, the love, the dedication, and the hard work that the “V” stands for. I am so honored to be a part of this volunteer team. Thank you to each volunteer, whether you donate your time as part of a group or individual, a one-time volunteer, or a scheduled volunteer. VISTE wouldn’t be VISTE without you. THANK YOU! CALL FOR VISTEBALL VOLUNTEERS! February ...

President’s Message: Happy 2024

Happy 2024! This past year marked VISTE’s 40th Anniversary. We took that opportunity to honor our past and look forward to the next 40+ years of service to our elderly neighbors in need. While the names and faces of Board members, volunteers, staff, and clients have changed over the years, our common mission remains the same: to help elderly persons remain safe and independent in their own homes. 2023 was a milestone year for VISTE ...

Join us for the 19th Annual VISTEBall!

VISTE’s signature annual fundraising event will take place at the SUN ‘N FUN Expo Campus in Lakeland on Saturday, February 3 from 6:00-9:30 pm. The golf-themed extravaganza features games, food and drinks, prizes, an Online and Live Auction, the Wheelbarrow of Cheer, a $10,000 long putt challenge, and much more! Enjoy complimentary beer, wine, and margaritas throughout the evening, appetizers, and a full dinner buffet featuring popular local restaurants – all included in the $75/person ...

Volunteer Program

As the new Volunteer and Events Manager, I would like to invite you to participate in VISTE’s upcoming volunteer opportunities! This time of year is exciting as we have holiday deliveries for VISTE clients available, including Thanksgiving meals on Wednesday, November 22, Holiday Personal Care Boxes starting December 4, and Christmas gifts starting December 15. These are all fun-filled volunteer activities that you can do individually, as a group, or with your family, including children. ...

President’s Message: Looking Back, Looking Forward

When was the last time you celebrated a milestone birthday or anniversary? For many, these events are marked by a time of reflection, celebration, and renewed hope for the future. As VISTE celebrates its 40th Anniversary, this past year has been filled with activities that honor our past, celebrate current successes, and direct our hope and attention toward the next 40 years. We owe a debt of gratitude to those whose vision and pure determination ...

President’s Message

April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month, a time dedicated to recognizing the importance of volunteering and honoring the significant contributions volunteers make by generously donating their time, talents, and treasures. Since 1983, volunteers have been the heart and soul, the lifeblood of VISTE. Indeed, we all owe a debt of gratitude to the legion of volunteers that have come before us during the past 40 years. Their collective efforts over that time have improved the ...

Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon – Awards

Congratulations to our 2023 award winners! Royal Rangers – Jeffrey Perkins Youth Award. We are pleased to recognize these hard-working youth volunteers for their consistent contributions loading meals for delivery to clients during VISTE’s annual Thanksgiving Meal Delivery event. The Royal Rangers are affiliated with Victory Church in Lakeland and have been volunteering at the event for years! Gordon Cronk – Elfried Pennekamp Memorial Award. Gordon exemplifies what Mr. Pennekamp, a founding member of VISTE, ...

Development News

Volunteers are the heart of Volunteers in Service to the Elderly and have been since our founding in 1983! As I was looking through some of VISTE’s historical records and photos for our 40th Anniversary, I came across training documents from 1985. A new volunteer reflected on her training and experiences while visiting with elderly clients: “I went to three homes today for an evaluation and two reevaluations. I learned how to have patience with ...

Join us for the 18th Annual VISTEBall & Official Kickoff for VISTE’s 40th Anniversary

VISTEBall is back and better than ever! Our signature annual fundraising event will take place IN PERSON at the Sun 'n Fun Expo Campus in Lakeland on Saturday, February 4 from 6:00-9:30 pm. The golf-themed extravaganza features games, food and drinks, prizes, and more - all for a great cause, helping local seniors in need. Enjoy complimentary beer, wine, and margaritas throughout the evening. Dinner will be available from 6:30-8:00 pm. Drinks, appetizers, dinner, games, and prizes are all included in ...

Thank you VISTE Volunteers!

It is with a grateful heart that I write this to you, our amazing VISTE volunteers! VISTE elves like YOU helped deliver 2,000 Thanksgiving meals, plus 450 Holiday Personal Care Boxes and Christmas gifts to our elderly clients - producing smiles from clients and wonderful holiday visits for all! Thank you for being a part of such an important mission. I personally made several deliveries, and I can truly say it was one of the ...
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