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Make a Difference with ECDI and AmeriCorps

If you have a goal of making a difference in your community and tackling pressing challenges in American neighborhoods, you may be a good fit for an open position. 

AmeriCorps Benefits:

  • Healthcare coverage

  • Relocation allowance

  • Living allowance

  • Earn scholarship dollars 

  • Federal student loan deferment and interest forbearance

  • AmeriCorps alumni network

ECDI Benefits:

  • Work directly with underserved entrepreneurs

  • Help build stronger neighborhoods by strengthening small businesses

  • Support racial justice and equitable change in your community

  • Build valuable connections in the nonprofit community

  • Work at a growing statewide nonprofit

  • Gain office and entrepreneurial experience

Learn more about these positions:

ECDI has a history of working with AmeriCorps to find incredible employees. Here are some successes:


Open Positions

Marketing and Sales VISTA


This position in based in the Akron/Canton area and works remotely with the marketing department in Columbus.

Position Start/End Date

Monday, June 6, 2022 - Monday, June 5, 2023



ECDI is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to serving underserved and underbanked small business owners. As a Marketing and Sales VISTA, you will expand ECDI’s community network, drive awareness of services and programs, and work with the marketing department to implement new engagement strategies through social media. Applications accepted through June 6, 2022.


Essential Duties

  • Improve ECDI’s social media presence to inform current followers of programs and resources

  • Improve engagement in the WBC Facebook Groups

  • Write success stories about our clients to raise awareness of ECDI’s benefit to the community

  • Illustrate ECDI’s impact by helping prepare our 2022 Annual Impact Report

  • Expand awareness of ECDI in Canton and Akron markets to establish a system of referrals

  • Track and analyze program and loan referrals

WBC of Northern Ohio VISTA


Cleveland, OH

Position Start/End Date

Monday, June 6, 2022 - Monday, June 5, 2023



ECDI Women's Business Centers of Ohio (WBCs) are a program of nonprofit community lender, ECDI. At the WBC we are dedicated to eliminating the obstacles women face in the world of business by providing resources, training, and access to capital. As a WBC VISTA, you will evaluate, expand, and market WBC training and incubation services through WBC of Northern Ohio programs. These programs include SetUpShop, providing entrepreneurs a brick-and-mortar location to expand their businesses, and Coffee + Chat, a monthly networking session connecting small business owners with each other and to the WBC. Learn more.

Applications accepted through June 6, 2022.


Essential Duties

  • Implement new post-COVID recovery programs to reach more entrepreneurs, focusing on low-income clients

  • Develop client surveys, analyze and input data, and report findings

  • Evaluate programs and provide feedback to WBC staff on progress and report areas of improvement

  • Raise awareness of ECDI and WBC programs and services

  • Assist with quarterly community partner events


Community Garden VISTA


Columbus, OH

Position Start/End Date

Monday, June 6, 2022 - Sunday, August 14, 2022



ECDI's Food Fort is an industrial-sized facility offering all the physical resources a restaurant or food-based business needs, along with training, services and access to capital. As the summer VISTA, you will take ownership of the Community Garden program and assist with farm stand events and workshops. Your time will be divided between the physical maintenance of gardens on site at ECDI and Community Garden neighborhood outreach and volunteer recruitment. Applications accepted through May 20, 2022.


Essential Duties

  • Increase access to fresh and healthy foods to low-income individuals and communities through SNAP benefit education and food access programs

  • Conduct outreach, volunteer recruitment, and market farm stand activities to engage the community and increase support

  • Raise awareness of Community Garden and events to increase the number of neighbors and residents receiving produce


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