The Place Receives $15k To Host AmeriCorps VISTA Member

By: Michael Collins

The Place receives $15k to host AmeriCorps VISTA member

NORWICH – As the result of a grant received back in October of 2014, The Place is proud to welcome Michelle Tomei as its 2014/2015 AmeriCorps VISTA member.

In October of 2014, The Place announced that it had received a $15,000 grant from The Community Foundation for South Central New York. The grant was used to fund an AmeriCorps VISTA Member for the next two years who will focus on capacity building for the organization.

Executive Director of The Place, Rebecca Sands said, “we are going to focus on putting in the right structures so that our organization can function at its very best.”

After a thorough search, The Place welcomed Michelle Tomei as its 2014/2105 AmeriCorps VISTA member. Originally from Little Falls, N.Y., Tomei is a recent graduate of the State University of New York at Oswego, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Relations, French, and International Business. As a recent graduate, Tomei brings with her new ideas and a fresh perspective that will contribute to the success of the organization.

“We are pleased to have received this grant award that has made it possible to have Michelle join our organization,” said Sands. “She is going to develop both internal and external support structures that will assist our organization in becoming more sustainable.”

Tomei will dedicate her service to The Place by focusing on capacity building and sustainability. Tomei has already worked on researching and organizing grants that could prove useful to The Place into an easy to read database, and has written a few. Having this database in place will make finding and acquiring grants easier in the future.

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Tomei has also worked on organizing The Place's donor list. The first aspect of this project was to research and purchase a database system in which to compile the donor list.

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