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Fundraising and Development Specialist
City Fruit (CF) was founded to address neglected Seattle fruit trees. Our vision was simple: to share fruit in our community through stewardship and hyperlocal harvesting, ensuring community health through sustainable efforts that reduced waste. CF centers on building public and private partnerships. We work with Seattle Parks and Recreation to manage the city's 14 public orchards, taking responsibility for the year-round care of more than 60 apple, cherry, and pear trees. We have approximately 5,000 privately owned trees registered with us; we provide pruning or pest management on request, and help to harvest the fruit when ready. We then take all the healthy fruit and distribute it to more than 20 area food banks, meal programs, and farm-to-table local businesses and directly to the public at our Fruit-for-All pop-up farmstands. This annual cycle of tree stewardship and fruit distribution helps divert more than 30,000 pounds of fruit from waste each year into the communities that need it. Additionally, through our education and volunteer programs, we help communities learn how to grow and support fruit trees locally as a way to reduce environmental impact while also feeding their communities. We rely on volunteers for our harvest, and those efforts scaled down this year because of pandemic precautions. We are seeking ways to increase our paid staff to continue and expand the work we do. We are partnering with Harvest Against Hunger, a program incubator and catalyst utilizing a team of AmeriCorps VISTA who build sustainable community food security programs. VISTAs serve with their projects for a year, recruiting and coordinating volunteers, addressing challenges related to supply chain management, like the transportation and distribution of gleaned produce, and create systems to collect data and evaluate programs. Harvest Against Hunger projects also aim to involve the larger community in addressing food insecurity.
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Member Duties : The Harvest VISTA will develop a fundraising plan, aimed toward individual donors and City Fruit members; foundations, corporations, and government sources; and special events. They will implement systems for tracking volunteers, donors, and other stakeholders in order to increase funding for City Fruit’s growth and sustainability. With increased funding, we will have the resources to increase the amount of fruit collected and distributed to food bank clients in King County, WA, many of whom are at or below the federal poverty line. Flexible funding at this critical time is important to sustain and grow programs and efforts, to ensure not only more fruit in our food system, but healthy fruit for healthy families.
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Living Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Training . 
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Terms :
Service Areas :
Environment ,  Health ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Hunger . 
Skills :
Communications ,  Leadership ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

Fundraising and Development Specialist

Program Start/End Date
04/12/2021  -   04/11/2022

Work Schedule Full Time

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations WASHINGTON   Seattle/Tacoma/Bremerton  

Accepting Applications
From  01/29/2021  To  03/19/2021 

Contact Maria Mendez-Francisco
1201 1st Ave S
Seattle   WA   98134
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 101225