United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley VISTAs Volunteer at Bethlehem Emergency Shelter for MLK Day of Service

On Wednesday, January 11, the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley (UWGLV) AmeriCorps VISTAs volunteered at the Bethlehem Emergency Shelter as a MLK Day of Service project. The VISTAs prepared and served 70 meals to the shelter guests.

“Helping the guests gave me the opportunity to see the impact of our actions and ensure that low-income individuals get access to fresh food,” shared Rebecca Prisco, Nonprofit Capacity Building VISTA.

Bethlehem Emergency Shelter (BES) is a faith-based partnership that provides a network of care and hospitality, including food services, for the homeless in the community. BES also offers overnight sheltering during the winter season from December to the end of March.

AmeriCorps encourages every VISTA to participate in this day of direct service, benefiting the communities where they serve.

AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program that builds permanent infrastructure in nonprofit organizations in order to help them more effectively bring individuals and communities out of poverty.