Here at Louisville Grows, our Americorps VISTA members #Getthingsdone!

(left to right) Mary Curnutte, Cody Moran, Sassa Rivera, Lydia Lewis


“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 two 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 Americorp 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


Want to join our team? We’re recruiting four AmeriCorps VISTA members for our team to begin of Summer 2018. 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, create 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. If you’d like to join our team, email Lisa Dettlinger at

Program Benefits: Childcare assistance if eligible, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend, Education award upon successful completion of service, Housing, Health Coverage* .

*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit:

Terms : Permits working at another job during off hours, Car recommended, Permits attendance at school during off hours

Service Areas : Community Outreach, Health, Environment, Community and Economic Development, Education, Hunger

Skills : Writing/Editing, Veterans, Fund raising/Grant Writing, Environment, Team Work, First Aid, General Skills, Communications, Leadership, Youth Development, Computers/Technology, Public Speaking, Teaching/Tutoring, Education, Non-Profit Management, Community Organization, Recruitment

Service Description : Louisville Grows is creating a more just and sustainable community through urban agriculture, urban forestry, and environmental education. Louisville Grows works with communities throughout Louisville to identify and meet neighborhood needs, such as increasing the urban tree canopy to eliminate heat island effect, providing access to fresh and local fruit through community orchards and gardens, employing and training urban farmers to run a successful CSA, and managing a monthly environmental workshop series. We strive to create capacity in the communities with whom we work so that we can grow together. The VISTA positions will increase capacity within Louisville Grows to empower individuals in low-income communities to break the cycle of poverty through participation in community gardens, orchards, and urban forestry programs. Members will build community outreach tools to engage and recruit at-risk youth and adults for training programs.