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Alumni story
Leif Olandese 2016 West Palm Beach/ Fort Myers FL

While I currently serve as The VISTA Leader in Florida's only Promise Zone, my story is focused back in my 1st year as a VISTA in West Palm Beach. I worked with the Children's Home Society designing and implementing a vocational program to assist single parents in the job search for compatible employment given the complexity of their daily demands. But my greater contribution came, I feel, from my FEMA Training. I ordered disaster preparation materials for all three offices in English, Spanish and Creole. With permission from my site supervisor, I also did presentations on building disaster safety kits at each office. I say this was my greater contribution because 2 months later the area would evacuate for Hurricane Irma. I like to feel I helped prepare some residents of the West Palm Beach area for that tragedy.

Decade: 2010s