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Ending Hunger in Maine-Somali Bantu Community Association
Our mission is to provide vital transitional services, advocacy, and programming that empowers members of the refugee community to uphold cultural identity and thrive in their new life here in Lewiston, Maine. SBCA’s largest program, Liberation Farms community farming program, has grown dramatically, from 20 farmers in 2014, to over 215 farmers in 2020. Family farmers report that 12-24 people typically eat produce from their 1/10 acre plot, most of whom are children. Iskashito, commercial cooperative farmers, report that income generated from their work in our program is “critical” for their families’ economic security. In September, 2020, SBCA established a 99 year rolling lease at a 104 acre farm in Wales, Maine, about 20 minutes from where most of our farmers live. As we transition to the 2021 season, there will be much work to build capacity on this property and to generate resources for this purpose. As the Somali Bantu community looks to our agri-cultural future, it is important to engage our young people in the opportunities this new farm/community center will provide.
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Member Duties : Today, there are over 6,000 Somalis in Lewiston and Auburn, over 3,000 of which are Bantu. While the Lewiston community experiences some of the highest poverty rates in the nation, as a Black and predominantly Muslim community, Somali Bantu folks face additional challenges resulting from institutional racism and religious discrimination. This further marginalizes our community from equitably accessing resources to address food insecurity and its root cause--poverty. Food insecurity rates for Black Mainers born in the US to US-born parents is a disproportionately high 27.6%. The VISTA member will help to facilitate programming that lessens these challenges by providing resources for our community to access food, employment opportunities, and immigrant services for finding housing, jobs, transportation, childcare, etc.
Program Benefits : Housing ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Training ,  Stipend ,  Health Coverage* . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Tribal ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Children/Youth ,  Education ,  Hunger ,  Community Outreach ,  Environment ,  Entrepreneur/Business ,  Health . 
Skills :
Recruitment ,  Writing/Editing ,  Communications ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Trade/Construction ,  Youth Development ,  Community Organization ,  Public Health ,  Computers/Technology ,  Team Work ,  Leadership . 
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Ending Hunger in Maine-Somali Bantu Community Association

Program Start/End Date
10/12/2021  -   10/11/2022

Work Schedule Full Time

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MAINE  

Accepting Applications
From  07/13/2021  To  12/31/2021 

Contact Craig Lapine
18 Elkins Lane
Augusta   ME   04333

Listing ID 103288