AmeriCorps Members

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We're accepting member applications
Meet our 2019-2020 AmeriCorps members
Thank you to the 2018-2019 WOTFV AmeriCorps member cohort
What is the WOTFV AmeriCorps Program?
What are the benefits to serving?
Interested? Apply today!! 

We're accepting member applications for the 2019-2020 service year! 

The WOTFV AmeriCorps Program is accepting member applications for the 2019-2020 service year! Members will serve for a full calendar year (9/1/2019-8/31/2020) at partner organizations throughout Calumet, Outagamie, and Winnebago Counties. Members will educate, create, implement, and promote activities and programs regarding physical activity and healthy eating to Fox Valley youth and adults. While creating a culture and environment that supports health, members will receive professional development, hands-on experience towards internal goals, and make a difference in the Fox Valley community. 

Members will serve in either a full-time capacity of 1700 hours (average 33-38 hours/week) or half-time capacity of 900 hours (average 17.5-25 hours/week). Members will receive a living allowance during their year of service and an education award to pay off federal student loans or tuition costs after successful completion!

Questions?

Contact Amanda Ross, the WOTFV AmeriCorps Program Manager. 

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Meet our 2019-2020 AmeriCorps Members

The 2019-2020 service year has officially begun!  Meet our enrolled AmeriCorps members, who are serving at our partner host site organizations throughout the Fox Valley.

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Heather Thiry 
Host Site: Calumet County Public Health

Heather, who lives in Kiel, graduated from UW-Stevens Point with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Wellness Management. Serving as an AmeriCorps member seemed like a great opportunity for Heather to utilize her education and partner with a host site that creates and supports health programs and initiatives. Heather is interested in supporting healthy lifestyles through education and activities that promote active living and healthy eating.

  • Hobbies: Running, knitting, cooking, and sending funny GIFs and memes to family and friends
  • Unique experiences: Heather has an adventurous spirit and frequently travels. Heather and her family enjoy downhill skiing adventures, which include travels to Upper Michigan, Colorado, Utah. Summer travels center around week-long summer camp at Tesomas Scout Camp in Rhinelander, WI. Heather also works a high ropes course in her spare time.
  • Pets: Two adopted rescue dogs: Nola (Schnauzer mix) and Hux (Terrier mix)
  • Favorite physical activity: Anything outdoors, particularly camping, hiking, kayaking, swimming, riding bike, downhill and cross country skiing.
  • Favorite food: Guacamole 
  • Favorite vegetable: Any root vegetable
  • Favorite book: The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, & The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

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Allie Navin
Host Site: Menasha Joint School District

Originally from Waupaca, Allie received her Bachelor’s Degree from UW-La Crosse and her Master’s Degree from the Erikson Institute in Chicago, IL. Allie was inspired by the idea of hydroponics in school districts as means to serve children with locally sourced food. The WOTFV AmeriCorps service position at the Menasha Joint School District was a great fit. 

  • Hobbies: Traveling, cooking, hiking, and boating
  • Favorite sports team: Green Bay Packers
  • Favorite form of physical activity: Hot yoga or hiking
  • Favorite food: Shrimp
  • Favorite fruit: Strawberries
  • Favorite movie: Now and Then or Goodwill Hunting
  • Favorite book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho  

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Kaitlyn Hedman
Host Site: Outagamie County Public Health 

Kaitlyn, who is originally from Stoughton, WI, graduated from UW-Stevens Point.  Kaitlyn chose to serve with the WOTFV AmeriCorps Program because she is passionate about encouraging healthy behaviors to all. She is excited about the opportunity to make a difference in the Outagamie County community in the coming year. 

  • Hobbies: Visiting coffee shops, watching Netflix, reading, exploring new hiking/biking trails
  • Unique experiences: Kaitlyn spent two weeks exploring the United Kingdom and France
  • Favorite sports team: UW-Parkside Rangers (her sister plays on their volleyball team)
  • Favorite physical activity: Biking or hiking
  • Favorite food: Scotcheroos
  • Favorite vegetable: Corn on the cob
  • Favorite fruit: Watermelon

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Host site: United Way Fox Cities/Weight of the Fox Valley 

Kaylynn, who is originally from Kimberly, graduated from UW-Madison. Kaylynn is passionate about health and wellness and felt that serving in the WOTFV AmeriCorps Program could be a great opportunity to integrate her passions and the ability to have a positive impact on the community. 

  • Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, working out, and outdoor activities like boating and hiking.
  • Unique experiences: Kaylynn loves to travel. She’s been to Mexico, Punta Cana, the Bahamas, and Europe.
  • Pets: A dog (Shiba Inu) named Cocoa
  • Favorite sports team: Badgers, Packers, Brewers, and the Bucks
  • Favorite form of physical activity: Weight lifting or hiking
  • Favorite vegetable: Zucchini or asparagus
  • Favorite fruit: Raspberries 

 Dayna Schmidt
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Host site: UW-Oshkosh Head Start

Dayna is from Berlin and graduated from UW-Oshkosh. Dayna recently had an internship with pdsFUSION, the organization that organizes the Oshkosh Summer Fun Runs). This experience increased Dayna’s interest in working with families to promote healthy and active lifestyles. Dayna chose to serve with the WOTFV AmeriCorps Program because she wanted to take her knowledge and passion for healthy eating and physical activity and share it with the community. 

  • Hobbies: Drawing, arts & crafts, dancing, baking
  • Unique experiences: Traveled to Peru to improve her Spanish language skills and increase her appreciation for other cultures
  • Pets: Pets: Two dogs: Luna (Husky) and Olly (Corgi)
  •  Favorite form of physical activity: Dance
  •  Favorite vegetable: Carrot
  •  Favorite fruit: Strawberry
  •  Favorite movie: Dirty Dancing

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Kelley Krueger
Host site: Winnebago County Health Department

Kelley Krueger is returning for her second year of service with the WOTFV AmeriCorps Program. Kelley chose to serve a second term with WOTFV AmeriCorps at the Winnebago County Health Department because she loves the work that being done within the communities. She enjoy that opportunities are being provided for all in the tri-county area to live a healthy and happy life.

  • Hobbies: Spending time with my family, lifting weights, meal prepping, and going on adventures.
  • Unique experiences: Last spring, Kelley traveled to Ecuador with another AmeriCorps member. It was her first time out of the country.
  • Pets: A 14 year old cat named Jadyn
  • Favorite sports teams: Green Bay Packers or Wisconsin Badger Football
  • Favorite form of physical activity: Lifting Weights
  • Favorite food: Any type of salad
  • Favorite movie: A Wrinkle in Time

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Thank you to the 2018-2019 AmeriCorps Members

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The 2018-2019 member cohort wrapped up their year of service on 8/31/2019. During the past year, the members helped create a healthier environment throughout the Fox Valley. The cohort collectively delivered health education programs and activities to hundreds of Fox Valley residents and supported dozens of health and wellness initiatives at partner host site organizations.

A huge thank you to Alyssa Hofacker, Karen Warren, Amy Hingeveld, Tammy Wittmann, Emily Terlap, Miranda Dawson, Kelley Krueger, and Devin Minor for all of their hard work and passion for health and wellness. We wish the members all the best as they continue on to their next adventures. 

Thank you to our 2018-2019 partner host site organizations for hosting our members during the past year: Calumet County Public Health, Mosaic Family Health, Riverview Gardens, SOAR Fox Cities, United Way Fox Cities, UW-Oshkosh Head Start, Winnebago County Health Department, and YMCA of the Fox Cities.

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What is the WOTFV AmeriCorps Program??

Funded by the Corporation for National Community Service, WOTFV AmeriCorps members will serve at partner organizations throughout Calumet, Outagamie, and Winnebago Counties. Members will educate, create, implement, and promote activities and programs regarding physical activity and healthy eating to Fox Valley youth and adults. While creating a culture and environment that supports health, members will receive professional development, hands-on experience towards internal goals, and make a difference in the Fox Valley community.

Members will serve for a full calendar year (from September-August). During this time, members will serve in either a full-time capacity of 1700 hours (average 33-38 hours/week) or half-time capacity of 900 hours (average 17.5-25 hours/week). 

Members will receive a living allowance during their year of service and an education award to pay off federally qualified student loans or tuition costs after successful completion!

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What are the benefits to serving*?

  • Make a difference in the Fox Valley community
  • Professional development in community health field
  • Hands-on experience
  • Networking opportunities
  • Health insurance (single coverage eligible for full-time members only)
  • Child-care subsidy (if eligible; for full-time members only)
  • Receive a living allowance stipend for your year of service:
    • Full-time members (who serve 1700 hours) will receive up to $13,992.00
    • Half-time members (who serve 900 hours) will receive up to $6.996.00
  • Receive and education award towards federally qualified student loans or tuition costs at a Title IV school after a successful year of service!
    • Full-time members will receive $6,095.00
    • Half-time members will receive $3,047.50
    • Student loan forbearance 
    • Members who are 55 years old or older at the time of service have the option to transfer the education award to their children and/or grandchildren! 

*Listed benefits are for the 2019-2020 service year. 

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Interested in becoming a WOTFV AmeriCorps member? 

Click here to review and complete the AmeriCorps Member Application 
Questions or interested in applying? Contact Amanda Ross, AmeriCorps Program Manager: 920-735-5479 or email

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In compliance with state and federal laws, WOTFV and WOTFV AmeriCorps program partner agencies do not unlawfully discriminate against any individual on the basis of age, race, creed, color, handicap, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, or ancestry.