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. MassLIFT will transition to TerraCorps during the 2017-18 Service Year. For more information about TerraCorps see: https://terracorps.org/
Twenty organizations are hosting AmeriCorps members in our 2016-17 program.
Thirty-six 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 Youth Education 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.
2016-17 MassLIFT-AmeriCorps Team:
Land Stewardship Coordinators:
Charlotte Malmborg, Christine Viola, Fletcher Harrington, Diego Irizarry-Gerould, Leah Howard, Lisa Long, Tamsin Flanders, Lauren Bonatakis (LSC/YEC)
Community Engagement Coordinators:
Emily Anderson, Emily Fink, Enrique Vargas, Katherine Ziemlak, Katie Carr, Katy Winkler, Kristin Bullett, Mariah Auman, Michaella Sheridan, Nicole Huang, Tim Shugrue, Victoria Martins
Regional Conservation Coordinators:
Chelsea Farinacci, Chelsea Polevy, Jack Jezard, Lee Halasz, Maggie Hensel, Sarah Brodeur
Youth Education Coordinators:
Hannah Corbin, Benjamin Hyland, Caroline Rosa, Eli Bloch, Gabriela Goszczynska, Kelly Nelson, Laura Gallagher, Madlyn MacKillop