Expanding Community Capacity

We place AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers at 15 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 2020-21 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

Ecolibrium3 Welcomes 2020-2021 Cohort Virtually!
Ecolibrium3 Welcomes 2020-2021 Cohort Virtually!

Ecolibrium3 is pleased to announce that we have welcomed 25 new VISTAS for our 2020-2021 VISTA cohort, a substantial increase in the number of volunteers serving the greater Duluth community. With thi…

The Legacy House Under Construction
The Legacy House Under Construction

When a donor gave Ecolibrium3 a condemned house in the Lincoln Park neighborhood in 2017, we decided to develop it into an affordable housing model for community volunteers. Thanks to the investment o…

Eco3 VISTA 2019-20 Community Impact Report
Eco3 VISTA 2019-20 Community Impact Report

How do you lead and inspire change in your community? Ecolibrium3 AmeriCorps VISTA members dedicate a year of service to help eradicate poverty in Duluth, MN, and surrounding communities. Our current …

Serving as an Eco3 Summer Associate
Serving as an Eco3 Summer Associate

Ecolibrium3 is hosting three AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates who are serving 10-week terms over the summer months. Wren, Joel, and Kiefer have been working on the Pay It Forward PPE Project, and ha…

Join Ecolibrium3 as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member!
Join Ecolibrium3 as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member!

We are currently recruiting AmeriCorps VISTA members for our 2020-21 cohort. Our full-time, year-long AmeriCorps VISTA members serve at one of twelve local organizations to advance local anti-pov…

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

Implementing the framework to advance sustainability and more equitably serve Duluth residents and neighborhoods with the City of Duluth Community Sustainability Team.

Increasing ecological justice through food access and enhancing environmental programming with Community Action Duluth.

Creating a healthy and sustainable community through the arts with the Duluth Art Institute.

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.

Strengthening family unity, supporting reentry, and facilitating community engagement with Family Rise Together.

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

Designing public health programs that raise the health status, self-sufficiency, and health leadership of Native peoples with Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health – Great Lakes Hub.

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

Building programs to celebrate youth and support their families through one-on-one mentorship and community engagement with Mentor North.

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 and low income housing in Northeastern Minnesota to identify models that alleviate hunger with locally sourced foods and create affordable housing solutions 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.