AmeriCorps Members

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We're hiring for Summer 2020! 

Weight of the Fox Valley (WOTFV) AmeriCorps Program is accepting member applications to onboard 4+ members for the 2020 COVID-19 Response Summer Service Term. The term begins on 6/1/2020 and ends on 8/31/2020.

Members can choose from two service position options: 

  • 450-hour position, averaging 28-38 hours a week
  • 300-hour position, averaging 18-25 hours a week. 

Members will serve at host site organizations in either Calumet, Outagamie, and/or Winnebago Counties. Members will perform activities related to health and safety as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including addressing food insecurity, childcare education and resources, connecting individuals with community resources, and mental health initiatives.  

During the service term, members will receive a bi-weekly living allowance, an education award to use towards future tuition costs and/or federally qualified student loans (upon successful completion of the program), professional development, hands-on experience towards internal goals, and make a difference in the Fox Valley community. 

Applicants should have either an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in Community Health, Health Promotion and Wellness, Human Services, Education, or other degree as specified in the host site's position description. Graduates and upper-level undergraduates with related experience are encouraged to apply.  

Each host site has a position description, which contains information regarding the specific host site location, service activities, educational preferences, position benefits, as well as if the opportunity is in-person, virtual, or a combination of both. Please visit our host site page to learn more about the host sites and the associated position descriptions. 

Those interested should complete the AmeriCorps Member Application and submit to Amanda Ross, the AmeriCorps Program Manager. 

In compliance with state and federal laws, Weight of the Fox Valley, and the Weight of the Fox Valley 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.

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!! 


Meet our 2019-2020 AmeriCorps Members

The 2019-2020 service term 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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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

 Brennen Ward

Host Site: SOAR Fox Cities

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Brennen is a currently pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Physical Education (major) with a minor in, Adapted Physical Education at UW-Oshkosh. Brennen believed the serving with the WOTFV AmeriCorps program would provide a great learning experience that aligned with his degree.

  • Hometown: Appleton, WI
  • Favorite sports teams: Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Cleveland Browns
  • Favorite physical activity: Football or Basketball
  • Favorite fruit: strawberries
  • Favorite vegetable: potatoes
  • Favorite movie: Billy Madison
  • Fun facts: Brennen has been a football coach for the last 7 years, and currently is an offensive line coach at Appleton East High School. He is also the oldest of 5 siblings. 

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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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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. These members educate, create, implement, and promote activities and programs related to physical activity and healthy eating. Members activities’ support numerous local programs, such as Farm to School, Farm to Early Care, Urban Farming, Lifestyle Wellness, WIC Education, Physical Education, Safe Routes to School, Special Olympics, and Worksite Wellness. 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 also 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. This living allowance is administered on a bi-weekly basis. 
  • Receive and education award towards federally qualified student loans or tuition costs at a Title IV school after a successful year of service!
    • 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!  

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Interested in becoming an AmeriCorps member? 

Questions or interested in applying? Contact Amanda Ross, AmeriCorps Program Manager

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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.