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9 Reasons Why it Rocks to be a VISTA at NCVS

5 Jun

The National Conference on Volunteering and Service starts to tomorrow and I couldn’t be more excited. If you’re a service nerd like me this conference is like being a kid in a candy store. So many cool things happening, so little time.

And if you’re a VISTA there are TONS of opportunities for you to meet fellow members who are serving all over the country. You won’t want to miss out on all the cool opportunities in store for VISTAs so here’s a handy dandy list of all the reason these next three days are going to be awesome.

1. Free Beignets (and awesome conversation) 

The VISTA Coffeehouse will be the headquarters for everything you need to rock out your time at NCVS. The coffeehouse is located in the convention center in room #226. This is place to meet up with other VISTAs, recharge your batteries both literally (there will be powerstripsthere for all of your devices) and metaphorically (did I mention there will be beignets?), and get all the resources you need to make your year of service rock! Here are the hours for the coffeehouse:

Monday, June 6th: 12noon – 3:30pm

Tuesday, June 7th: 8am– 4pm

Wednesday , June 8th: 8am-12noon

2. Jazz + Beer + Fellow VISTAs = One Amazing Meet Up 

Come to The Maison (508 Frenchmen St.) on Tuesday, June 7 at 6pm to for a casual meet up with live music! Can’t make it that night? Then make sure you attend the second VISTA meetup Wednesday, June 8 from 10:30am-12pm for brilliant discussion and networking.

3. See Your Tweets on the Big Screen

Use the hashtag #VISTANCVS to get your tweets on the big screen in the VISTA Coffeehouse at the  live tweet chats held there each day from 11am-12pm. This is a great chance to connect with tweeps from the conference and around the country.

4. Check in and Win

Got Foursquare? You’re in luck! Be the first Mayor of the VISTA Coffeehouse and you can win awesome VISTA swag, and I mean really awesome.

Got Gowalla? Even better! Be the first person to complete the VISTA NOLA Trip and you can win even more VISTA swag. Yep, being a VISTA has never been so good.

5. Blog with the Cool Kids

Bloggers will fall in love with the Blogger’s Lounge at the VISTA Coffeehouse. Share ideas and tips with other VISTAs who can help you craft your perfect post about NCVS. Just plug in or use one of the laptops there and blog away!

6. Share Your Story with the World! 

Stations will be set up for you to share your VISTA story on Facebook, by videos, with pictures, or just about any way you want to express yourself.

7. Get Free Social Media Advice

How do you use Foursquare? Can LinkedIn help me find a job after service? How can I use a blog to publicize the nonprofit I serve with? Get all your questions answered at the VISTA Coffeehouse!  Social media specialists will be on hand all three days to help you find out how you can use social media for your service.

8. Lead Your Own Workshop or Conversation

Do you want to share ideas about volunteer engagement? Do you want to connect with other VISTAs working in a particular issue area? Create your own workshop and use the VISTA Coffeehouse to bring people together for an impromptu learning session. We’ll even help you promote it!

9. Get a VISTA Tat!

Yep, that’s a VISTA temporary tattoo. And yes, you can have one too.