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Hunger Free Community-AmeriCorps VISTA
Community Food Bank of Central Alabama
The Community Food Bank of Central Alabama is seeking a full-time AmeriCorps VISTA member to build the capacity of our coalition to support community leaders in identifying food-resource barriers, developing comprehensive solutions and implement anti-hunger strategies.
Background: Our mission is to feed people in need today and foster collaborative solutions to end hunger tomorrow. To accomplish this mission, we supply 10 million meals each year to over 230 charitable food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens and children’s programs across 12 counties in Central Alabama.
Through an array of direct service programs, we also create healthy food access for especially vulnerable populations. For example, to address teachers’ reports of children who rely upon free school meals arriving to school hungry on Mondays, we provide weekend food kits and summer meals to children at risk of hunger over school breaks. We also deliver fresh produce to residents living in isolated communities and offer high protein foods to under-nourished mothers of critically ill infants through on-site hospital food pantries.
In total, we feed over 60,000 children, seniors, veterans and neighbors in need every month.
The Hunger Free Community-AmeriCorps VISTA will be responsible for:
- Working with community members to develop and enhance collaborations between governmental agencies, community-based organizations and other community stakeholders (faith-based, business, etc.).
- Completing community assessments/mapping to identify community institutions/assets to be included in anti-hunger goals.
- Enhancing public/private partnerships by identifying potential organizations to recruit to anti-hunger work.
- Identifying barriers to food resources and producing a report of findings.
- Creating a community-wide “end hunger” plan with the input of partner organizations as well as low-income community members which documents the impact of hunger in the community and a plan for addressing this hunger through a collective impact approach.
- Recruiting, managing, and training community volunteers to participate in identified activities.
- Assisting with the Community Food Bank’s coordination of a study of hunger in Central Alabama.
- Gaining hands-on exposure to an array of direct service hunger relief programs.
- Assisting with surveys and data collection of direct service programs.
- Collecting data and reporting on the coalition’s progress.
- Fostering relationships between “out of sector” collaborators in the arts community and low-income seniors/families who wish to see their stories illustrated, shared and witnessed. The AmeriCorps member will facilitate this unique relationship building among residents and a range of local artists who specialize in mediums including photography, spoken word, mixed media and more. Through these new partnerships, people, who may feel invisible at times, might find opportunities to amply their own voices and shine a spotlight on issues that touch their lives. These shared stories will lend an immediacy to the hunger-free community plan that emerges from this process. Participants will be instrumental in evaluation of the project’s effectiveness.
This is a one year, full-time position. The anticipated start date is March 1, 2018.
This is a stipend volunteer position with AmeriCorps-Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA). Learn more at https://www.vistacampus.gov/.
- Living allowance of $11,880.
- Segal Education Award ($5,920) or End-of-Service stipend ($1,800)
- Health benefits*
- Potential to forbear or defer student loans while in service
- Relocation assistance (if applicable)
- Childcare assistance (if applicable)
- Optional life insurance
- One year non-competitive status for federal government positions
- A network of over 180,000 AmeriCorps VISTA members and alums
*For more information on benefits provided through AmeriCorps VISTA, visit: https://www.vistacampus.gov/in-service/benefits-service
- Associate’s Degree or equivalent experience.
- Strong interest in working on domestic nutrition, hunger and food security issues.
- Demonstrated experience in community engagement preferred.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs.
- AmeriCorps VISTA Requirements:
- Be 18 years or older (no upper age limit)
- Pass a national service criminal history check
- Hold one of the following citizenship statuses: US citizen, US National, Lawful Permanent Resident Aliens and persons residing in a state that have the following legal residency classifications: refugee, asylum or asylee, temporary protected status, or deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status.
How to Apply:
Email resume, cover letter and one writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members bring their passion and perseverance where the need is greatest: to organizations that help eradicate poverty. The most pressing challenges we face as a nation require the most courageous and creative people to address them. An AmeriCorps VISTA member serves as a catalyst for change, living and working alongside community members to advance local solutions.