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VISTA LAUNCHES NEW SUMMER ASSOCIATES PROGRAM, PART OF CLINTON NATIONAL SERVICE PROGRAM'S FIRST PHASE (d)

 WASHINGTON, May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- In one of the first responses to President Clinton's call for a summer of service, Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) today announced the VISTA Summer Associates Program. Working with full-time VISTA volunteers, 750 Summer Associates will serve low-income children and their families in 33 communities across the United States.
 Serving in their home areas for eight to nine weeks, Summer Associates will help to build and rehabilitate homes, tutor in literacy programs, assist people in shelters and transitional housing and address health and environmental problems. VISTA Summer Associates, primarily between the ages of 18 and 25, will receive a subsistence allowance averaging $620 per month.
 "The VISTA Summer Associates program is part of the first step in President Clinton's vision of national service, answering his call for young people to participate in service this summer," said Diana London, acting director of VISTA. At the end of the summer, VISTA Associates will meet at service summits to discuss their summer experience.
 "VISTA Summer Associates is a high-impact program that demonstrates the value of involving young people as short-term volunteers in grassroots organizations that address poverty," London said. "Associates who help local programs extend services will gain an understanding of community needs and acquire career-enhancing skills," she added.
 Full-time VISTA volunteers serve for one year in low-income communities, assigned to public and private non-profit sponsoring organizations. Since 1965 nearly 100,000 Americans have served as VISTA volunteers. VISTA is a part of ACTION, the federal domestic volunteer agency.
 U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 18 or older may apply to be a VISTA Summer Associate. Anyone interested in more information about the VISTA Summer Associates Program may call, toll free, 800-424-8867.
 PROJECT LIST (Alphabetical by state)
 City Number of
 Name of Project (Project Focus) Volunteers
 -- Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa
 County, Inc. Phoenix (Literacy) 11
 -- Good Neighbor Center W. Memphis, Ark.
 (Housing) 55
 -- NE Arkansas Council of Family
 Violence, Inc. Jonesboro, Ark. (Youth) 15
 -- Children's Agenda/Child Abuse
 Council of Sacramento, Inc. Sacramento, Calif.
 (Youth) 12
 -- Los Angeles County 4-H Youth
 Development Fund Los Angeles (Youth) 12
 -- California Literacy, Inc. San Gabriel, Calif.
 (Literacy) 30
 -- Habitat for Humanity Denver (Housing) 35
 -- Literacy Volunteers of America
 -Connecticut, Inc. Hartford, Conn. (Literacy)30
 -- United Way of Dade County Miami (Housing) 10
 -- Habitat for Humanity of
 Greater Miami Miami (Housing) 10
 -- Concerted Services, Inc. Waycross, Ga. (Youth) 10
 -- YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta, Inc. Atlanta (Literacy) 10
 -- Uptown Habitat for Humanity Chicago (Housing) 30
 -- Baltimore READS, Inc. Baltimore (Literacy) 15
 -- Massachusetts Department of
 Education/Bureau of Adult Education Quincy, Mass. (Literacy) 30
 -- Detroit Public Schools-Adult
 Education Department Detroit (Youth) 40
 -- Meridian Housing Authority Meridian, Miss. (Health) 10
 -- Department of Citizens Services
 -Community Action East Orange, N.J. (Youth) 10
 -- Project READ, Inc. Newark, N.J. (Literacy) 10
 -- Archway Programs, Inc. Atco, N.J. (Youth) 15
 -- Highbridge Community Life Center Bronx, N.Y. (Literacy) 10
 -- Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corp. Brooklyn, N.Y. (Youth) 10
 -- Black Veterans for Social
 Justice, Inc. Brooklyn, N.Y. (Housing) 10
 -- North Carolina Low Income Housing
 Coalition Raleigh, N.C. (Housing) 10
 -- Ohio Literacy Network Columbus, Ohio (Literacy) 20
 -- Energy Coordinating Agency of
 Philadelphia Philadelphia (Housing) 20
 -- Greater Philadelphia Federation
 of Settlements Philadelphia (Health) 10
 -- Scranton Housing Authority Scranton, Pa. (Health) 10
 -- Habitat for Humanity of
 Rhode Island, Inc. Providence, R.I.(Housing) 10
 -- Housing Authority of the City
 of Greenville Greenville, S.C.
 (Literacy) 20
 -- United Way of Greater Memphis Memphis, Tenn. (Housing) 18
 -- Texas Department of Health Austin, Texas (Health) 100
 -- Fremont Public Association Seattle (Literacy) 60
 -0- 5/7/93
 /CONTACT: Bill Barrett for VISTA Summer Associates, 202-606-5108/


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