A Year of Successful Service

In just under a year, Adriana Battle helped to build IPH’s volunteer and outreach efforts, yielding impressive statistics and building sustainable relationships.

Adriana comes to IPH through the Siena College AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) program.  According to the Office of Academic Community Engagement at Siena College website, “VISTA Fellows are passionate and highly dedicated individuals who make a commitment to live at the poverty line and work in solidarity with communities members in a similar situation. Each VISTA Fellow is placed at one of our community partner sites and works hard throughout the year to build the capacity of the organization in which they serve, develop Siena college campus-community partnerships, and create sustainable solutions for the most pressing needs of our communities. Throughout the year, VISTA Fellows develop professional skills, establish a wide network of students, faculty, staff, and community members, and discover their passions as they develop their interests and ideas for a future career.

Before her service term as a VISTA, Adriana spent time with the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), clocking more than 1,700 hours of service in disaster relief zones around the country.

As the Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator at IPH, Adriana was tasked with building volunteer program capacity within the agency’s Development Department.  She also spent her time mobilizing community groups for donation drives, coordinating special events and fundraisers, and served as an ambassador of IPH at community events and other functions.

She quickly went to work to streamline and organize the volunteer process at IPH.  By the end of her term, Adriana had recorded more than 405 volunteers, totaling more than 4,000 combined volunteer service hours, with nearly 100 volunteers alone for IPH’s signature fundraiser, A Taste of Albany.

“Adriana has been such a great asset to the team,” said Assistant Director, Kristen Giroux, describing the success of Adriana’s VISTA term.  “She has given us things we never knew we wanted or even needed, exceeding our expectations.”

Adriana’s last project before the end of her service term is coordinating the agency’s 30 Meals in 30 Days campaign.  In celebration of Homeless & Hunger Awareness Month and IPH’s 30th Anniversary, she aimed to get at least 30 meals donated during the month of November.  After a year of volunteer management and building strategic partnerships with community members and IPH, the task was accomplished.

After her term is completed at the end of the month, Adriana plans to return home to Syracuse, NY, and find part-time non-profit work while she attends graduate school for cultural anthropology.

“It has been such a pleasure serving at IPH for my VISTA term,” explained Adriana.  “I’m so thankful for the experience to work with a great group of people who really care about making a difference in the community.”

IPH will receive two more VISTAs over the next two years as part of the contract with the program, each building upon the successes of the previous position.

As IPH continues to grow to meet the needs of the homeless and low-income community, the VISTA Program continues to play a vital role in creating sustainable and capacity building programs within the organization.

Adriana Battle

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