The 2014 MassLIFT-AmeriCorps program member recruitment is now closed. Recruitment for the 2015 service year will begin soon.
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.
Sixteen organizations are hosting AmeriCorps members in our 2014-15 program.
Twenty-one 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 2014-15 program is 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.
2014's MassLIFT Team:
Land Stewardship Coordinators:
(Andrew Bagnara, Margaret Brown, Mallory Durkee, Jaimie Holmes, Jesse Koyen, Nicole Rhodes, Jennifer Seredejko)
Community Engagement Coordinators:
(Rachel Calderara, Sarah Gossett, Molly Higgins, Shannon McGowan, Alice Tonry)
Regional Conservation Coordinators:
(Alicia Coleman, Desiree Demski-Hamelin, Bradley Kennedy, Elizabeth Migliore, Margaret Owens)
Service Learning Coordinators:
(Mathieu Boudreau, Shelby Braese, Sarah Lindsay, Martine Wong)