Marie-Yvonne is a VISTA Leader for the Harvest VISTA Program, which works in tandem with Harvest Against Hunger. The Harvest VISTA Program recruits and places Americorps VISTA members at local hunger relief agencies across the country. These members provide and create opportunities for produce collection, volunteer recruitment, gleaning, and gardening. The Harvest VISTAs also navigate and build relationships with local growers and volunteers, raise funds, bridge communications, identify necessary resources, and build effective transportation networks to support the programs within Harvest Against Hunger’s network of local farmers and hunger relief programs.
Shortly after her VISTA year in Refugee Resettlement, Marie-Yvonne moved from Iowa to Seattle in the late summer of 2019. Looking to continue her passion for service to the community and social justice, Marie-Yvonne began working at an organization in King County that provides employment support to students and adults who identify with having disabilities. After two years of working with and learning from this wonderful population, she yearned to continue building her career pathway, leadership, and relationship-building skills, while still serving the community. Marie-Yvonne is working towards a degree in Grief Counseling with a focus in a Death Doula Certification. Her interests include photography, mixed media art, hydroponics and soil health, and hiking with her partner and senior doggo (featured in photo above). Marie-Yvonne is excited to be apart of supporting the work that is accomplished through the Harvest VISTA program to continue to build capacity within Harvest Against Hunger.
Photo Description: A person whose gender is female, with brunette hair and is wearing a blue long sleeve top, black floral leggings, and sunglasses. In front of the person is a brown and white medium sized dog with a big smile, blue harness, and pink leash. They are both sitting down and their background is of Ole Faithful that is based in Yellowstone National Park.