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

Louisville Grows has had the honor of hosting AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) members since 2017. The VISTA members serving Louisville Grows come from various backgrounds with varied skill sets, yet all have the desire to improve the health and well-being of our community through our urban forestry and agriculture programs. They are committed to increasing capacity with Louisville Grows in order to lift communities and individuals out of poverty. With resounding recommendations from our Louisville Grows’ staff, many of our former VISTAs currently work for local nonprofits, have started careers in commercial farming, and even become a part of the Louisville Grows’ staff.

2021-2022 AmeriCorps VISTAs

Razija Mehinović, AmeriCorps VISTA

Development Coordinator

Razija is a Louisville native, and graduated with a degree in Sustainability from the University of Louisville. They first became introduced to Louisville Grows through their internship with the University of Louisville Sustainability Council. Their combined passions for environmental justice, food security and community based initiatives led them to become a VISTA to help build capacity of Louisville Grows. They are excited to be  part of the #mightyLGteam!

Charlie Combs, AmeriCorps VISTA

Volunteer Coordinator

Charlie has lived in Shelbyville for 8 years and is originally from the Cincinnati area, but has spent recent years in Louisville. They went to Bellarmine University and received a B.S. in Environmental Science with a minor in History. During this time Charlie was an intern for Louisville Grows in the Summer of 2019 in combination with Bellarmine’s Live.Work.Lead.Serve. program. Afterward they continued to work with Louisville Grows through Citizen Forestry and many tree plantings. Charlie’s focus on service learning and environmental education reconnects through the Volunteer Coordinator VISTA position here at Louisville Grows. They are looking forward to growing capacity for volunteers to connect with the community, learn from their experiences, and continue to work toward
a more just, sustainable greener, healthier city!

Aubrey Vittitow, AmeriCorps VISTA

Communications Coordinator

Aubrey is from Mt. Washington, KY and attended the University of Louisville where she received a B.A. in Sustainability. Through her degree, she completed an internship with Louisville Grows where she learned about the AmeriCorps VISTA program, and decided to take up the opportunity to learn more about the issues communities in Louisville (and around the world) face regarding environmental justice and social equity. She hopes that for her service year as a VISTA, she will be able to help Louisville Grows build capacity in connecting on a more significant and intimate level with the communities they serve and the people that support their mission.

 

About AmeriCorps VISTA

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members bring passion and perseverance where the need is greatest: to organizations that help eradicate poverty. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve as a catalyst for change, living and working alongside community members to meet our nation’s most pressing challenges and advance local solutions.

Since 1965, over 220,000 VISTA members have served with the mission to strengthen organizations that alleviate poverty. VISTA serves in each of the 50 U.S. States and in all U.S. Territories. VISTA members go where they are needed and make a difference through volunteering and the mobilization of resources.

To learn more about serving as a AmeriCorps VISTA, visit
https://nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-programs/americorps-vista/join-americorps-vista

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