University of Transylvania
Ryan is serving at the Food Literacy Project as their Community Engagement Coordinator. TheFood Literacy Project is working to transform youth and their communities through food, farming, and the land.
“I enjoy rollerblading.”
Western Kentucky University
Chris is the Backside Learning Center’s Sustainability VISTA, which entails increasing the sustainability of BLC’s mission by creating relationships with prospective donors, developing new fundraising plans and assisting in the planning of A Day at the Races (BLC’s main fundraising event). The Backside Learning Center provides services such as ESL classes, citizenship tutoring, and computer classes, and works to support its community of equine workers.
“I used to live in Sevilla, Spain and I coach girl’s high school soccer.”
Eastern Kentucky University
Zac serves at Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation as the Community Center Volunteer Coordinator VISTA. Metro Parks manages parks and community centers for all people in Louisville, and Zac’s role is to build a funnel for volunteers and community partners at the community center level.
“I spent 2015 and 2016 running a company that specialized in weird, spicy jams and jellies.”
BBA, MA, JD
As the Legal Aid Society’s Economic Development Program VISTA, Ezra helps low-income entrepreneurs pull themselves out of poverty by lowering barriers to their business endeavors. He will work to develop a ‘legal toolkit’ to provide education on common legal issues, implement targeted community trainings, improve ongoing curriculum, and strengthen sustainability by securing funds and expanding the reach of Legal Aid’s small business legal assistance.
“I have a tape dispenser shaped like a unicorn with rainbow colored tape.”
Murray State University
MS in Conservation Biology
Sarah is currently serving as the “Where Louisville Meets the World” VISTA Leader. She works to expand and build the capacity of individual AmeriCorps VISTA members and their respective service sites. Previously, Sarah served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines.
“I can identify twelve types of Mangrove tree by sight.”
Dee Dee Flynn
New Albany, IN
BA in Politics and International Studies
As the Philanthropy Coordinator VISTA at the Food Literacy Project, Dee Dee assists with special event planning, facilitating a successful grant program, identifying and pursuing potential financial support for FLP, assisting with the individual donor database, managing the social media presence and building the audience, and working on communications. That’s a mouthful, though, so in short, she works to do capacity building and community engagement with FLP!
“My favorite color is mustard yellow!”
BA in Religious Studies
As the Americana World Community Center’s Community Liaison VISTA, Alyssa develops and enhances relationships with low-income families, ethnic groups, and other organizations in the community. Throughout service, she will coordinate regular meetings and trainings with ethnic leaders representing the wide array of cultures served by Americana, build capacity of their mentoring program, expand collaborative efforts between local community ethnic leaders and Louisville Metro, and coordinate with Americana Ambassadors to strengthen volunteering.
“I cosplay and have been going to conventions for three years now!”
Zane serves with Jefferson Memorial Forest as their Asset Building Coordinator VISTA. He will collaborate with the Southwest Dream Team to launch an international restaurant district in South Louisville as part of the South Points Scenic Area to increase community awareness and support of locally-owned businesses.
“I cannot blow a bubble with gum.”
BA in Art & Design / German
Lauren is currently serving as the Family and Youth Program VISTA at the Americana World Community Center. Her focus is on their middle school / high school College & Career Readiness course as well as advancing parental engagement.
“I am fluent in German. Ich kletter gern und habe viele Allergien.”
University of Mary Washington
BA in International Affairs
Lydia is serving at the Americana Community Center as their Financial Literacy VISTA. She is helping build human capital for the participants by providing engaging educational opportunities, creating economic development projects, and implementing financial and computer literacy programs.
“I once broke a glass test tube by singing really high and loud.”
University of Louisville
Major in Psychology, Minor in Criminal Justice
Shandra is serving with Catholic Charities Migrant and Refugee Services as their Development Coordinator VISTA. She is working to build the capacity of the agency through fundraising initiatives and grant writing. Catholic Charities is the largest, private human services network in the United States, serving people of all religious, ethnic, social and economic backgrounds. Catholic Charities of Louisville provides service for people in need, advocates for justice in social structures, and calls the entire Church and other people of good will to do the same.
“I’ve co-piloted a plane.”
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
BA in Global Studies with Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights
As the Resource Development/Community Outreach VISTA at Adelante Hispanic Achievers, Hannah is focused on recruiting and training volunteers to help with after-school tutoring programs. Adelante Hispanic Achievers is a non-profit organization that works to empower Latino youth. They provide a variety of programs that offer tutoring, mentoring, and enrichment to our students and their families.
“I had Shingles when I was 4 years old!”
Ohio County, KY
Western Kentucky University
Chelsea serves with the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), where she administrates a national print-braille book program called Braille Tales. The program provides free print/braille books to children under the age of 6 who are emerging braille readers, or who have braille reading parents. Chelsea is focused on outreach and is working with different organizations to broaden participation in the Braille Tales program.
“I have a pet duck named Duck Duck.”
University of Montana
BA in Art and History Minor
After moving across the country, Rachel began serving with Beaded Treasures Project as their Capacity Building VISTA. Her main projects are to help re-deign and update their website, write grant applications to support financial sustainability, and assist with social media to build recognition and garner support in the community.
“I can whistle the introduction to U2’s With or Without You in a single breath.”
University of Louisville
MA Women and Gender Studies
Erin is serving at YMCA Safe Place Service. She is their Community Outreach VISTA for Safe Place Services and is also assisting with fundraisers, grant research, community projects, and volunteer mobilization. Safe Place Services main focus is on positive youth development, our cause is to strengthen families by breaking cycles of violence, abuse, and turmoil and giving children and families the resources they need for a better future.
“I am a Louisville native so I know all of the best places to hangout and have a great time!”
BA in Psychology / Foreign Language and International Studies
Louisville Metro Parks is excited to have Dulce serving as their volunteer Office Program Coordinator. She is working to continue to improve the volunteer engagement process in order to build capacity and sustainability within the program. Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation is an organization that manages and upkeeps over 120 parks all around Louisville with the goal of connecting people to places and opportunities that support and grow a sustainable community.
“I can open a bottle with various household objects!”
B.S. in Psychology
Tatum is serving as the Catholic Charities Community Liaison VISTA with Migrant and Refugee Services. She is working with the volunteer department and is focused on recruitment and community outreach. She helps volunteers find refugees to mentor, coordinates volunteer groups, runs orientations, and talks to community members about the refugee impact in Louisville.
“I have 4 pet chickens!”
MS in Social Work
As the Cultural Exchange and Mentoring Coordinator VISTA with Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Hannah focuses on building the capacities of programs designed for newly-arrived refugees in need of social support. She is currently striving to recruit bilingual mentors, refine the placement process, and implement evaluation tools to measure the positive outcomes resulting from mentorships.
“I have been to a Dalai Lama teaching on compassion.”
Northern Kentucky University
Kourtney is serving as the Resource Development Coordinator at the La Casita Center. She is strengthening the capacity of La Casita by creating a comprehensive fundraising process that efficiently utilizes grants and donor relations for organizational sustainability. La Casita Center, a non-profit organization, enhances the well-being of Louisville’s Latino community through education, empowerment, advocacy, and wellness.
“Previously, I worked at the public library in Cincinnati for 5 years!”