My name is Beth Fry and I will be serving as the new AmeriCorps VISTA at Organize!Ohio. A VISTA is a Volunteer in Service to America; we enter communities to build capacity and engage resources in an attempt to fight poverty. Many consider AmeriCorps VISTAs to be the domestic version of the Peace Corps.
With Organize!Ohio I will be learning about the Community Reinvestment Act and how our recently developed Community Benefits Agreement can best be utilized by Cleveland residents. I will be building capacity and support to effectively achieve this goal. I will also working with the Shaker Square Alliance to address community member’s needs in hopes of building an even more thriving community. I will be present at all Shaker Square Alliance meetings and assisting with the E 130th Working Group when necessary. I look forward to working with you during my year of service and becoming a part of this vibrant community. My service term is July 2017 through June 2018.
About Me I am a 2017 graduate of The Ohio State University in Columbus. I completed a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy Analysis and a minor in inequality & society. I grew up in South Euclid and graduated from Charles F. Brush High School in Lyndhurst.
I have worked at the local, state, and federal levels of government as well as in the nonprofit sector. Most recently I completed an internship program in Washington, DC while writing my graduation capstone paper. I hope to return to DC in the future to further advocate for diverse communities like many of the ones here in Cleveland.
In my spare time, I coach youth softball and work with the SEL Experience Project, a grassroots organization aimed at sharing the stories of the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Schools. I enjoy keeping up with current events and exploring Cleveland’s diverse neighborhoods.
Following my year of service I will be completing a Masters of Public Administration at Cornell University.
Organize! Ohio works to advance and support community organizing for progressive change across Ohio through a variety of initiatives and collaborative partnerships.
For more information about our main initiatives, click on the images below. For more information about our other organizing activities, including the End Poverty Now march, click here.