Serve New York at The Service Collaborative of Western New York has funded an AmeriCorps VISTA position to recruit more veterans to Hilbert College and St. Bonaventure University.
Serve New York has named Morgan Woodson to the VISTA post. She will split time between Hilbert College and St. Bonaventure University.
Woodson is a veteran of the United States Air Force. She served as a pharmacy technician at David Grant Medical Center. Woodson was deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2010; she operated a pharmacy and assisted in the air evacuation of injured soldiers. She is pursuing her master’s in public administration at Hilbert.
The goal of the new position is to create an Office of Veteran Affairs that will recruit student veterans and increase the number of current services provided to student veterans and their families at Hilbert and St. Bonaventure.
The VISTA member will coordinate with student admissions to conduct veteran outreach, design and implement veteran specific orientations, increase community awareness, research best practices, and enhance current services offered at both campuses resulting in increased veteran student retention.
Hilbert College and St. Bonaventure University are working to enhance employment opportunities for the veteran community by offering more access to higher education through these efforts. Woodson will serve from July 2014 to July 2015, with a goal to increase the total number of veterans and family members receiving GI benefits at Hilbert and St. Bonaventure.
The Service Collaborative of WNY (TSCWNY) is the new face of an agency that has a long history of impactful service to the WNY community.
From its beginnings as a 10-member youth corps as part of the West Seneca Youth Bureau, to its brief tenure as WNY AmeriCorps, and ultimately transitioning to an independent non-profit, TSCWNY is a new name with the same community focus.
TSCWNY is built on an infrastructure of responsible stewardship of Corporation for National and Community (CNCS-AmeriCorps and VISTA) and other federal funds for almost 30 years, producing countless quality programs involved in transformational service.
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