Expanding Community Capacity

We place AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers at 12 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

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…

Summer Associate AmeriCorps VISTA Program at Ecolibrium3
Summer Associate AmeriCorps VISTA Program at Ecolibrium3

Ecolibrium3 is pleased to announce that we have been awarded three AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate positions for the 2020 summer season. This is a unique opportunity to expand anti-poverty efforts i…

Reflections on National Service in the COVID-19 Era
Reflections on National Service in the COVID-19 Era

My favorite African proverb wisely said, “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” This never resonated with me more than now. I have been reflecting on my experie…

Just Released: Ecolibrium3 AmeriCorps VISTA Positions Spring 2020
Just Released: Ecolibrium3 AmeriCorps VISTA Positions Spring 2020

We just released four AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) positions in northeastern Minnesota to start in April 2020! Have you ever wanted to do creative outreach in the arts? Check out…


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 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.

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.