AmeriCorps is coming to Weight of the Fox Valley

Thursday, July 19, 2018

AmeriCorps

Contributor: Amanda Ross, AmeriCorps Planning Grant Project Manager for Weight of the Fox Valley

You may have heard throughout the last year that Weight of the Fox Valley (WOTFV) was in the process of applying to receive its own AmeriCorps Program. The time has arrived and WOTFV is officially accepting applications for AmeriCorps members. Members will help create a culture and environment that supports healthy choices in a variety of settings, such as: active communities, early care and education, worksites, food system, healthcare, and schools.

But first, what is AmeriCorps? Often referred to as the "Domestic PeaceCorps," AmeriCorps (pronounced Ameri-Core) is a national service program federally funded by the Corporation for National Community Service. Each year, AmeriCorps engages over 80,000 members to address national and community problems through direct service.

The WOTFV AmeriCorps Program supports WOTFV structure and goals. Our program will enroll members from September 2018 to August 2019 in either a full-time or half-time capacity to lead, create, implement, and promote activities to address healthy weight, active lifestyles, and healthy eating habits among Fox Valley residents. Members will receive a living allowance during their year of service and an education award to pay off student loans or tuition costs after successful completion.

WOTFV AmeriCorps is partnering with 10 Fox Valley organizations to host members. This year, the host sites are:

  • Calumet County Public Health/Ascension Calumet Hospital
  • City of Appleton Health Department
  • Mosaic Family Health/Fox Valley Family Medicine Residency Program
  • Riverview Gardens
  • SOAR Fox Cities
  • ThedaCare
  • United Way Fox Cities
  • UW-Oshkosh Head Start
  • Winnebago County Health Department
  • YMCA of the Fox Cities

To learn more about our partner host sites or about our Program, or if you’re interested in applying, please visit the WOTFV AmeriCorps website or contact Amanda Ross.