Edie Davis named VISTA representative


FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farmington, in collaboration with the Maine Campus Compact, is sponsoring Edie Davis of Acton as the UMF AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America representative for 2009-10.

Under the mentorship of Celeste Branham, UMF vice president of student and community services, Davis has committed to working closely with students, faculty, staff and community partners to support community service and service-learning programs and to assist in developing strong campus-community partnerships.

“UMF, VISTA and the Maine Campus Compact all share a common vision of building community through education and service,” said Branham. “We’re excited about how Edie’s work at UMF will lay the groundwork for creating new opportunities to work together and help strengthen the close campus-community connection for which Farmington is known.”

Founded in 1965, AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program designed to fight poverty by combating illiteracy, improving health services, creating businesses and strengthening community groups. During her year with VISTA at UMF, Davis will be involved in a number of practical initiatives, including helping to develop a Web site that will coordinate student volunteer and internship positions.

Davis is a creative writing major and member of the UMF class of 2009. She is currently compiling a list of past volunteer, internship and service-learning opportunities for UMF students at area agencies and businesses and identifying possibilities for continued partnerships in the future. Davis will also work with diversity and sustainability groups on campus and assisting faculty with a first-year seminar on civic engagement.