Rhonda Davis began as an AmeriCorps Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) initially as a community VISTA with Supporting All Lives Together (SALT) before starting her journey as a District VISTA with the Snack in a Pack program. While at SALT, Davis helped them with volunteer management, employment readiness and budget planning for their clients served. As the Snack in a Pack coordinator, Davis has spread some much needed awareness about the struggles some children are facing every week due to hunger.
Davis’ duties with Snack in a Pack include weekly meal planning, budgeting, keeping an active list of in-kind donations, as well as monetary donations, and coordinating the packing of supplemental food packs for approximately 300 students, ordering food and supplies, and inventorying. Davis loves going out into the community to network with local businesses and spread awareness for the program to ensure its success.
Davis was excited to serve with Snack in a Pack after her service with SALT because of the awareness she gained about the hunger issues within the community. Davis has been a part of our community since 2010 when she was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood as a soldier with the U.S. Army until her retirement in 2015. Davis’ military career, as well as her VISTA service, has taught her to always be flexible, be prepared for change, or anything else that might come her way.
“Rhonda has been a great addition to our VISTA team. She is very active within the community and is a great ambassador for our Snack in a Pack program as its coordinator. Rhonda is always looking for opportunities to enhance the program, maintain and establish community partnerships, and most importantly, provide supplemental food resources to our students. We appreciate her hard work and dedication to our program and look forward to her continued success as she serves her year-long term of service with Waynesville VISTA,” says Todd Whalen, director of community resource and aleternative education.
“I serve because it is a great joy to give back to the community that I live in. It is a continued part of my military service, still serving my country,” Davis said.  
If you would also like to learn valuable skills, develop an appreciation for citizenship, help individuals reach their fullest potential, create sustainable community programs, and earn money for furthering your education, then AmeriCorps & VISTA service maybe right for you. Visit the my.americorps.gov website for additional information or to apply for the paid service opportunities through AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA. For more specific instructions and information, contact the Community Resource Office (CRO) at (573) 842-2250 and be sure to like us on Facebook at “Waynesville Tiger Way”.

The Community Resource Office (CRO), under the direction of Todd Whalen, is a grant-supported department of the Waynesville R-VI School District that manages district volunteers, AmeriCorps school tutors, Club TIGER Afterschool Program, Snack in a Pack Program, student transitions, and more. These programs are made possible by grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), Army Youth Programs in Your Neighborhood (AYPYN), and Department of Defense - Education Activity (DoDEA). For more information about the CRO Programs or how to get involved, contact (573) 842-2250 or community@waynesville.k12.mo.us.