The Massachusetts Land Initiative for Tomorrow (MassLIFT) was established in 2010 under the leadership of Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust of Athol, Massachusetts. This AmeriCorps program is a collaborative effort of regional conservation organizations seeking to build public support for land conservation, increase regional conservation capacity, strengthen land stewardship, and provide opportunities for youth to connect with nature and engage in service learning. The overall goal of MassLIFT is to accelerate the pace of land protection across the Commonwealth.
Fifteen organizations are hosting AmeriCorps members in our 2015-16 program.
Twenty-three members serve in the program, helping their hosting organizations meet critical community needs for land protection, including conservation project initiation and implementation, stewardship of protected lands, outreach to the broader community, and service learning opportunities to engage young people in conservation.
MassLIFT members serve in one of four positions: Regional Conservation Coordinators, Land Stewardship Coordinators, Community Engagement Coordinators, and Service Learning Coordinators.
AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 men and women in intensive service each year through more than 15,000 nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. MassLIFT-AmeriCorps is a grant program contingent on renewal of federal funding. Our program is funded in part by a grant from the Corporation of National and Community Service (CNCS). CNCS grants to AmeriCorps programs in Massachusetts are administered by the Massachusetts Service Alliance.
2015-16 MassLIFT Team:
Land Stewardship Coordinators:
(Kelly Barber, Margaret Brown, Mallory Durkee, Jesse Koyen, Brittany Laginhas, Michael Madole, Emilie Wetzel)
Community Engagement Coordinators:
Kari Amick, Maya Apfelbaum, Andrea Caluori, Marina Lavendar, Matthew Reed, Anthony Serra)
Regional Conservation Coordinators:
(Jaimee Briggs, Sarah Brodeur, Alicia Coleman, Kathleen Doherty, David Love)
Service Learning Coordinators:
(Nicholas Atherton, Tanya Creamer, Courtland Kelly, Sarah Lindsay, Reshma Patel)