News & Updates from Viste

Client Spotlight: Ms. Willie Ester Lewis

VISTE client Ms. Willie Ester Lewis lived alone in Lakeland for many years and appreciated receiving hot meals from VISTE, delivered by a friendly volunteer. Her daughter, Shirley Lewis Johnson, was living out of town at the time, as were other family members, but Willie wanted to stay in Lakeland in the house her husband […]

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In the Spotlight: Jeannette Purdum

by: Julie McDonald, Volunteer & Events Coordinator This month VISTE would like to recognize volunteer Jeannette Purdum! Jeannette normally volunteers in the VISTE office, but now, as many of us are isolating or working from home, Jeannette is making excellent use of her time at home by calling VISTE clients. One of VISTE’s most popular programs […]

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Mission Moment: Why I Volunteer

My grandmother raised me while she lived on a small, fixed income. I remember standing in lines with her when I was young – picking up our commodities or visiting local churches to receive supplemental groceries. I know personally how much this extra help, and things like love sent via a birthday cake, mean to […]

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President’s Message: May 2020

What an unusual turn of events it is that the social isolation we strive to overcome among our elderly clients is now so instrumental in keeping us all safer. As you know, it is not in VISTE’s DNA to isolate and turn away volunteers, so this has been a challenging time for us as well. […]

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The CARES Act & Charitable Giving

On March 27, President Trump signed the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act includes significant statutory changes to federal law that will impact charitable giving, philanthropic planning, and financial planning. In many ways, the CARES Act enhances the tax benefits of supporting charities like VISTE. Key provisions that may impact […]

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COVID-19 Updates

Click here for the latest from VISTE regarding COVID-19.

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March 18 Volunteer Orientation Postponed

Due to the current circumstances, the Volunteer Orientation scheduled for Wed, March 18th has been postponed. We will notify volunteers of the future date when it is made available.  You can stay tuned for rescheduled orientations by checking out our website, or following us on Facebook. Thank you for your continued support of VISTE!  If […]

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VISTE’s Oldest Client Turns 106!

VISTE recently celebrated our oldest client, Ms. Alverta Yednak. Alverta was born in 1914 and turned 106 this year! Originally from Renovo, a small town in central Pennsylvania, Alverta moved to Stuart, FL, and now resides in Lakeland with her family. VISTE stopped by to visit with Alverta on Valentine’s Day, taking a homemade cake, […]

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Leave Your VISTE Legacy

  Cash may be king, but gifts of cash aren’t always the best gift for everyone. Consider the benefits of donating appreciated stocks, bonds, or mutual fund shares you have owned for more than one year to VISTE (five years for Publix stock).  Not only do you receive an immediate charitable deduction for the fair market […]

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Are You a VISTE Secret Admirer?

  Tell us about your Planned Gift!  If you’ve included VISTE in your will and have yet to bring your generosity to our attention, we want to thank you … but we don’t know where to send the gratitude!  Please let us know.  For more information on bequest gifts and other ways to give to […]

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