Friday, Nov. 10th -
Sunday, Nov. 12th
We encourage each alum to submit an RSVP, even if you cannot attend. Our form does collect some career-related information about you as well as offers a place for reflections on VISTA service.
Additionally, filling out the RSVP information will allow you to opt into the Contact Directory, which will be shared with other alumni so that everyone can stay in touch.
Celebration of Impact & Reunion
After nine successful years of serving partners on the Plateau, the South Cumberland Plateau VISTA program will come to a close.
During this time, more than 95 VISTAs helped local partners increase capacity through community-centered projects and initiatives. While the VISTA grant is ending, other service programs are not. The decision to transition VISTA to the AmeriCorps program was made with input from local partners, who have shared that direct service volunteerism remains one of their greatest needs. Through AmeriCorps, we will continue to work alongside our partners to meet them with service and support.
Join us this November for a Celebration of Impact, when we will mark the closing of a chapter and honor the service of our South Cumberland Plateau VISTA alumi.
Below are some PDFs with additional information on the weekend for VISTA alumni, including the Weekend Schedule Overview and the Shuttle Schedule. We hope will be helpful for your personal planning!
Friday Evening: Welcome Reception
The celebratory weekend kicks off with a welcome reception at St. Mark & St. Paul Parish (formerly Otey Memorial Parish). Light refreshments will be provided.
Saturday Morning: Community Day
Community Day will offer various opportunities to connect with partners, local businesses, and the beauty of the Plateau. Transportation will be provided for some activities. This is a family-friendly event. More details to follow.
Saturday Evening: Celebration of Impact Dinner
Join us at Sewanee Inn for dinner and a program celebrating VISTA alumni. Community partners and families are welcome to attend.
Sunday Morning: Farewell Drop-In
A casual, farewell coffee drop-in will be held at Stirling’s Coffee House.
Photo: Members from the first SCP-VISTA Cohort - Nicki Hamilton (2014 SCP-VISTA Director), Ida Zago, Michelle Thibodeaux, Willow Oliver, John David, Michael Brady (2014 Grundy County Mayor), Chris Paff, McKenzie Liegel, Melanie Pozak, Charlie McClain, Kelly Farina
The South Cumberland Plateau VISTA Project (SCP-VISTA) is a partnership between the University of the South and South Cumberland Community Fund (The Fund). For nine years, SCP-VISTA members served with community partners including nonprofits and local government agencies in Franklin, Grundy, and Marion counties in Southeast Tennessee.