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.
Thirteen organizations are hosting AmeriCorps members in our 2013-14 program.
Each year 20 AmeriCorps 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 2013-14 program will be funded in part by a $247,000 grant from the Corporation of National and Community Service (CNCS). CNCS grants to AmeriCorps programs in Massachusetts are administered by the Massachusetts Service Alliance.
The 2012-13 MassLIFT Team
Land Stewardship Coordinators: (Mike Cerasaro, Hannah Chamberlain, Danielle Christopher, Beth Gula, Kate Losey, Ethan Rubenstein, Jack Sidar)
Community Engagement Coordinators: (Kristin Grenier, Moire Loftus, Leah Nothnagel, Julio Recio-Martinez, Allyn Sullivan)
Regional Conservation Coordinators: (Charlotte Levy, Matthias Nevins, Nick Olson, Allegra Wrocklage)
Service Learning Coordinators: (Collin Adkins, Katie Bekel, Nate Grady, Alexa McKenzie)