Lutheran Services Carolinas in Columbia, SC, is one of eight Lutheran Services in America organizations partnering with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps VISTA, to participate in the Resilience AmeriCorps program. This new initiative helps communities plan and implement efforts necessary to become more resilient to extreme weather events and other impacts of climate change.
The Columbia office of Lutheran Services Carolinas will be sponsoring a VISTA service member with the goal of improving community resilience in vulnerable areas of the city. Other selected LSA members will sponsor VISTA service members in Austin, TX; Fargo, ND; St. Louis, MO; St. Paul, MN.; Tampa, FL; and Fort Thomson, SD. LSA headquarters in Washington, D.C. will serve as the host for the VISTA project lead.
“Lutheran Services in America is excited to be part of the AmeriCorps Resilience program,” said Charlotte Haberaecker, president and CEO of LSA. “By sponsoring eight AmeriCorps VISTA service members in low-income communities throughout the country, we are taking a proactive approach to resilience by placing a consistent presence with the most vulnerable people in those communities so they can be better prepared to rebuild and rebound from disruptions ranging from home fires to economic crises, extreme weather events, and human-caused disasters. This forward-looking and holistic approach builds upon the support provided by LSA organizations to improve the health, financial welfare, access to services, and well-being of 1 in 50 people across the country each year.”