Here at Louisville Grows, our Americorps VISTA members #Getthingsdone!
“The VISTA program has impacted Louisville Grows by allowing our small organization to grow through their capacity building projects. Over the past year and a half, we have received considerable amounts of grant funding through help from our development VISTA position, reached more followers on Social Media and have a much more cohesive voice on social media thanks to our Marketing VISTA, we have expanded our reach to other organizations working within our community through our Outreach VISTA, and have logged thousands of volunteer hours thanks to our Volunteer VISTA.” – Kedrick Stanfield, Executive Director
Louisville Grows has had the honor of hosting three rounds of AmeriCorps VISTA members from various backgrounds who are either currently serving with us, or have continued their careers with resounding recommendations from our Louisville Grows staff. Our previous VISTA members have joined art residencies, started careers in commercial farming, and even impact youth on a daily basis through community outreach and literacy campaigns. Our current VISTA members continue their commitment to give back in various ways: from nutritional education, volunteer recruitment, community advocacy, and large scale event planning!
“The Americorps VISTA members at Louisville Grows are real Rock Stars! They truly serve for the cause and not for the applause. Their service contributes to Louisville Grows’ ability to create a better environment and provide healthy programs for residents in our community’s most challenged neighborhoods. Our VISTAs get it.. doing good is good for you!!!”- Lisa Dettlinger: Programs Director
Our VISTAs do so much work behind the scenes to truly build capacity and make an impact to #growagreenercommunity. Our VISTAs have: written grant proposals for in-kind and monetary support, revised our membership system, created ongoing programs at the Healthy House; such as the Louisville Grows Film Series and Sprouting Cooks workshop, created new branding and logos for our programs, expanded our social media platforms, designed print and digital campaigns, wrote newsletters, 60,000 hours of volunteer service for tree plantings and gardens, and essentially carry our Louisville Grows mission of solidarity and sustainability to the entire city.
Louisville Grows knows that #AmeriCorpsWorks.