What is AmeriCorps?
AmeriCorps offers a variety of service opportunities, from the classroom to the outdoors, and everything in between.
No matter what you’re passionate about, where you’re from, or why you choose to serve, AmeriCorps is your chance to Be the Greater Good.
Meet Our Members
I’ve lived a bit of a gypsy’s life from living in several states to beginning my work life in the secretarial world and evolving into an Editor in Assessment Publishing. I received my BA in History with minors in Sociology and American Indian Studies as a non-traditional student, then received an MS in Library Science. Along the way, I hiked some beautiful trails, took some really nice photos, created a few pieces of pottery, met people with fascinating tales, adopted two of the coolest cats you’ll ever meet and made it to Deutschland, where I stood inside a castle in old East Germany that had been boarded-up by the Soviets, so it was in pristine condition! My volunteer experiences stretch over decades from the St. Joseph Recycling Center to delivering for Meals on Wheels. As I delivered Meals, I quickly realized that not only was this most likely their one meal for the day, but I was probably the only person they would interact with until their next meal delivery. I also realized that their furry best friends were lacking in food, so that’s why I created Alexander’s Cupboard to try to help feed those pets. This latter experience is what inspired me to train as a Senior Advocate, allowed me to discover AmeriCorps, as well as focused me on a search for a position in-service, helping others as I round-out my work life. So, to me, serving with AmeriCorps is in my DNA, a part of who I am, and serving this term with the WY Food Bank fills me with great pride and determination as I help to fulfill their mission.
The past few years have been a whirlwind of experiences, but I am grateful for all the opportunities to learn and grow. After graduating high school, I shipped out to basic training then to San Antonio, Texas to train as a combat medic. Instead of returning to Tennessee for college, I set off on a solo adventure to Miami, Florida. I worked as an EMT for two years, met the man of my dreams, and had a beautiful daughter. I enjoy spending time outside and showing my daughter the wonder of the natural world. Once I complete my BS in environmental science, I plan on pursuing a master’s degree in Geographical Information System & Technology at the University of Wyoming. I keep a busy schedule working as a lab technician at the Wyoming State Veterinary Lab, volunteering with Ark Equestrian Center and Wildlands Restoration Volunteers, and raising my energetic toddler. When I am not busy, I enjoy baking sweet treats for my friends and family, reading about regenerative agriculture, and listening to podcasts.
My name is Barb Maluchnik. I was born and raised here in Casper, Wyoming. I graduated from Kelly Walsh High School and graduated from University of Wyoming at Casper College. I am the proud mother of three children, Allison, Sarah, and Joe. I also am the proud grandmother of Merak and Hazel. After my husband left, I decided to go back to school to become a teacher. After getting my bachelor’s degree in education, a friend came up to me and asked me if I wanted to join a new program called the AmeriCorps Vista. During my time with AmeriCorps Vista I headed a wonderful program called the Earn to Learn Reading Program. The Golden Kiwanis volunteers would come into the schools where I was working and would read with their assigned students. The students would read to the volunteer and the volunteer would record if the student’s reading ability was improving. The program lasted 6 weeks and was a lot of fun! After the program ended we would have a party to celebrate the student’s achievements and to recognize the volunteers. I was able to get a teaching position through the Earn to Learn Reading Program at Jefferson School. There I taught Title 1 Reading and Math grades 4-6. I only taught for a year. After that year I worked with OfficeMax until it closed its doors and then went to work for IReach2, working with people with disabilities. I really learned a lot from this wonderful diverse group of people. I can honestly say that working with people with disabilities was a great learning experience. I am truly humbled by their amazing love for life. I worked at a physical therapy hospital for several years meeting wonderful people as they came to my desk. I love working with people of all diversity! I am really excited about becoming a service member for the Food Bank of the Rockies. It will be an honor to serve in the community that I know and love.
AmeriCorps Member Opportunities
Food Security Ambassador
As an AmeriCorps member, this position will focus on working with select partner agencies to implement capacity building to increase community access to nutritionally adequate foods. The Food Security Ambassador will also assess the Meals per Person In-Need (MPIN) reporting data to identify counties with the greatest need, use our Link2Feed client platform, and Bloomerang databases to identify area needs. Members also work in their perspective areas to engage community involvement through WFBR special events and their own member projects to fight hunger and feed hope.
Central Wyoming - Position Filled
Southeast Wyoming - Position Filled
WFBR AmeriCorps Alumni
I grew up in Wyoming, home to some of the most beautiful sunsets and most breathtaking landscapes I have ever seen. I did not truly appreciate all this state has to offer until I traveled to Europe and Australia, working summers and gap semesters in new places. I always knew I was truly home when I could see our sunny fields and gorgeous mountains. I have a passion for people and am pursuing my bachelor’s degree in Social Work, hoping to practice with inner-city youth. Serving people in all different capacities is what I am called to do and I have been surprised to see the impact hunger has, even in Wyoming. I am humbled to help #fighthunger and #feedhope in the state I call home.
Service workers are needed now more than ever, worldwide, to provide relief from the destruction ofCOVID-19. When the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies (WFBR) informed me of an opportunity to serve through AmeriCorps, I was thrilled. I have been working hard on engaging our community support, and cultivating volunteers for the numerous opportunities that WFBR offers. One of my favorite programs is the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), designed for low-income seniors, over the age of 60, to supplement their diets with nutritious food. Once a month, my nine year old son and I load food boxes into our vehicle, and deliver them to seniors in our community. One delivery at a time sure makes a big difference for those in need, and the joy I get to experience with my son by my side, is priceless.