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Upper Valley MEND Summer Associate Harvest VISTA
Upper Valley MEND (Meeting Each Need with Dignity) is a human services nonprofit located in Leavenworth, WA focused on fighting poverty by meeting the community needs of hunger, housing, and healthcare. The VISTA Summer Associate will work specifically with MEND’s Community Harvest Gleaning program. Community Harvest works to reduce food waste and increase access to fresh, local produce by organizing volunteers to harvest excess produce from farms, orchards, and backyard gardens each summer who wish to donate and then transport that food for distribution at established emergency food providers in the area. This program ensures hungry families have access to high quality food throughout the summer. The VISTA Summer Associate will work with the Gleaning Coordinator to support and strengthen the gleaning project and develop relationships to distribute produce more effectively to food banks and summer feeding programs. This AmeriCorps opportunity is a project of Harvest Against Hunger, which connects local growers, food banks and volunteers to secure fresh produce for distribution to thousands of people throughout Washington State. The Harvest VISTA program finds innovative ways to decrease waste of fresh fruits and vegetables and increase the availability of nutritious produce for food bank clients. The VISTA Summer Associate (SA) program will work in an intensive level of summer service for 10 weeks.
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Member Duties : The Summer Associate will serve to further access to local produce for food insecure populations by sustaining and expanding the Community Harvest gleaning program and coordinate with the summer feeding programs. The SA will assess the current state of the Community Harvest Program and create or revise goals for the 2022 harvest season to improve effectiveness and program sustainability. The SA will revise and implement a volunteer recruitment plan, develop education and outreach for the promotion of eating local produce and coordinate volunteers for harvest events and organize food collection and distribution. The SA will create strategies for highlighting program impact through storytelling using qualitative and quantitative data.
Program Benefits : Living Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
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Terms :
Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Environment ,  Education ,  Health ,  Community Outreach ,  Hunger . 
Skills :
General Skills ,  Community Organization ,  Communications ,  Team Work ,  Public Speaking ,  Recruitment . 
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Upper Valley MEND Summer Associate Harvest VISTA

Program Start/End Date
06/21/2022  -   08/29/2022

Work Schedule Full Time

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations WASHINGTON  

Accepting Applications
From  04/21/2022  To  05/31/2022 

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

Listing ID 102890