Expanding Community Capacity

We place AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers at 11 local organizations to advance anti-poverty, community resiliency, sustainability, and equity initiatives in Northeastern Minnesota. 

Learn more about the work our volunteers are doing at our partner organizations.

Meet our 2019-20 AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers.

How this program is making change:

AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers expand the capacity of local organizations and government agencies to address intractable community issues. Duluth life expectancy varies by over 10 years between neighborhoods, has a graduation rate gap between students from high schools located on separate sides of the city, and experiences cold winters that take a toll on the energy costs of some citizens with the lowest income levels in the city. The Ecolibrium3 VISTA Corps uses its depth of community knowledge to identify which levers may produce the largest impact on reducing poverty and building the capacity of local organizations to implement poverty-related solutions.

Ways to support this project:


Latest Updates

Expanding Children’s Access to Play
Expanding Children’s Access to Play

Play is a vital part of a child’s development, and increasing a child’s access to play is the mission of the Duluth Children’s Museum. Ecolibrium3 has partnered with the Duluth Children’s Muse…

Leaving a Legacy
Leaving a Legacy

Ecolibrium3 is currently working with community partners to help revitalize the Lincoln Park neighborhood, including addressing the issue of affordable housing. In 2017 a condemned home in the Lincoln…

September 11th 2019 AmeriCorps VISTA National Day of Service and Remembrance
September 11th 2019 AmeriCorps VISTA National Day of Service and Remembrance

In honor of National Day of Service, the Ecolibrium3 AmeriCorps VISTA members volunteered with the Duluth Community Garden Program at their Riverside location. The volunteers cut back and tarped overg…

New Initiative Brings Design Thinking to Students in Lincoln Park
New Initiative Brings Design Thinking to Students in Lincoln Park

Working towards a sustainable and equitable future means providing our youth with the tools needed to build their own futures. Here at Ecolibrium3, we’re excited to be sponsoring a new initiati…

Duluth Disaster Resiliency Website Launches
Duluth Disaster Resiliency Website Launches

While leading disaster recovery efforts during the 2012 floods, we often heard stories about the emotional effect that the flood had on households. With the launch of ReadyNorth.org, individual househ…


Here’s what our VISTA volunteers are doing at our partner organizations

Developing a framework for implementing the Imagine Duluth 2035 Comprehensive Plan to address housing, economic development, health, open spaces, and energy with the City of Duluth Community Planning Team.

Creating programming focused on the needs of at-risk children with the Duluth Children’s Museum.

Ensuring that everyone, regardless of income, has the ability to grow food and access food resources with the Duluth Community Garden Program.

Increasing the disaster resilience of the community, especially organizations serving community members who potentially face the most harm from disasters with the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.

Creating innovative food systems solutions that support food sovereignty with the Fond du Lac Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa.

Increasing health and social connectedness among young families with the Lincoln Park Children and Families Collaborative.

Building the joint capacity of utilities, government, and nonprofits in the energy sector to reduce energy poverty experienced by economically disadvantaged households in northeastern Minnesota with Minnesota Power.

Leveraging partnerships to enhance coordination and support of community health promotion efforts and reducing mortality from the opioid crisis with the St. Louis County Health Department.

Uniting groups and individuals working on food systems in Northeastern Minnesota to identify models that alleviate hunger, increase access to food, and support locally-produced food with the University of Minnesota Extension.

Expanding access to fresh and healthy food, transportation, and cultural and artistic opportunities for historically underrepresented communities with the Zeitgeist Center for Arts and Community.