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Core Goal 1: Build Local Capacity

ACCT OSMRE/VISTAs assist their hosts with long-term planning, fundraising, facilitating partnerships, recruiting volunteers, and promoting the organization's mission and accomplishments

OSM/VISTA Kim Steese (second from left) with Marietta College students after a trash cleanup for Community Service Day.

Kim Steese Creates a Database to Aid Sustainability

OSMRE/VISTA Kim Steese, serving with with Friends of the Lower Muskingum River (FLMR) in Ohio, has been working to develop FLMR's stream monitoring system. In the past, the data collected by FLMR was not recorded digitally and the hardcopies were sometimes misfiled. Steese's new monitoring plan allows volunteers to select their preferred sites, collect data, and enter data into a new database.

Steese has also been developing a manual for future volunteers and FLMR staff, which contains information on what data to collect, how to collect the data, proper equipment maintenance, and more. In addition, the manual lays out the future plans for the Stream Team program.

Water monitoring plays an important part in the health of the community due to acid mine drainage and other pollutants that trouble the local waterways. The database developed by Steese allows FLMR to record and track the information collected by volunteers, so that the community can utilize it in the future.

Krystle Chipman Participates in Successful Fundraising Campaign

OSM/VISTA Krystle Chipman and a participant at a Pathfinders event.

OSMRE/VISTA Krystle Chipman and the Pathfinders of Perry County participated in a whirlwind fundraising campaign through Run for the Hills Charity Challenge sponsored by the Community Foundation of Hazard and Perry County.

Between August 1, 2011 and October 31, 2011 Pathfinders fundraised by holding restaurant nights, 5K walks/runs, and concession sales. Whatever Pathfinders could raise in this time period, The Community Foundation of Hazard and Perry County would match. Pathfinders raised over $8,000 and were presented with amatch check at a celebration breakfast. The additional funds will be used in an endowment fund for Pathfinders.