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 have continued their careers with resounding recommendations from our Louisville Grows staff. Our previous VISTA members currently work for local nonprofits, started careers in commercial farming, and even contract with Louisville Grows in various positions and programs.
Kelsey Goff is a proud West Louisville native with a passion for social and environmental justice. Through 13 years of community service experience, she developed a fascination for social change and service. In Spring 2019, she graduated with a BA in Sociology from Simmons College of KY. Here at Louisville Grows, she plans to further pursue her passions by growing greener and healthier neighborhoods in under-served communities. Her hobbies include violin-playing, reading, gardening, and walking.
Melanie is from Louisville and grew up in Okolona and Fern Creek. She attended duPont Manual High School where she fell in love with service and intercultural communication. Melanie has just returned to the city after graduating with her B.A. in International Studies from Arcadia University where she studied abroad in the United Kingdom, Spain, and Oman. While completing her degree, Melanie Brown gained a passion for social and environmental equity. Having explored these concepts in various settings across the world, she became determined to use her experiences to help her home town. A true people person, she is excited to meet volunteers and community members and work together to grow greener, healthier neighborhoods!