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Opportunity Council - Sust. Connections Food Recovery VISTA
Sustainable Connections (SC) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit located in Bellingham, WA. Founded in 2003, SC creates thriving communities through innovative ideas, collaboration, and action. To achieve this goal, the organization has several programs, one of which is the Toward Zero Waste (TZW) program. The TZW program helps businesses and individuals reduce waste and shrink impact. In 2015, the EPA released findings about food waste in the US stating that 30% of all food is wasted. Incorporating food waste reduction into the TZW program was a natural progression in upholding the goal to help businesses and individuals reduce waste. In 2017, the TZW launched the Food Recovery Program (FRP). The FRP reduces food insecurity and addresses climate change by redistributing nutritious surplus food to neighbors experiencing hunger. The FRP acts as a courier of commercially prepared, surplus food, to meal distribution agencies and plays a unique role in food recovery in that it focuses on climate change by way of food waste reduction. Because of this, the FRP recovers food from restaurants, schools, hospital cafeterias and more; all locations that are traditionally overlooked in the larger picture of hunger relief. By recovering prepared foods, the FRP reaches recipients that may not have access to a kitchen for food preparation and storage, may not have time or skills to prepare foods, or otherwise may be unable to benefit from food-bank-model hunger relief agencies. Beneficiaries of the FRP are individuals in need of a warm, prepared meal. The capacity building that an AmeriCorps VISA member will accomplish will increase the longevity of the program. This will allow the FRP to continue to provide a historically unmet need in our community for both hunger relief and food waste reduction. The Opportunity Council VISTA Cohort in Bellingham includes monthly team meetings, Professional Development opportunities, fun team-building events, and 4 annual Days of Service.
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Member Duties : -Recruit, coordinate, and manage volunteers for the Food Recovery Program (FRP) by streamlining volunteer management systems, coordinating schedules, creating and maintaining training materials, and providing volunteer support. -Increase food donor outreach, recruitment, and retention for the FRP, which will increase available food to redistribute to individuals experiencing hunger. This will be accomplished by developing and leading a donor recruitment strategy, maintaining donor tracking, developing promotional methods for donors, and increasing communication with donors. -Increase the number of recipient locations for the FRP to distribute food to individuals experiencing hunger. -After receiving trainings in cultural competency, equity, and conflict resolution, develop and lead an FRP recipient recruitment strategy, maintain tracking, and be the point of contact for recipient agencies.
Program Benefits : Health Coverage* ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Stipend ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Training ,  Relocation Allowance . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Health ,  Community Outreach ,  Environment ,  Hunger . 
Skills :
Recruitment ,  Communications ,  Community Organization ,  Computers/Technology ,  Team Work ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Environment ,  Leadership ,  Public Health . 
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Opportunity Council - Sust. Connections Food Recovery VISTA

Program Start/End Date
02/14/2022  -   02/13/2023

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations WASHINGTON  

Accepting Applications
From  11/15/2021  To  01/10/2022 

Contact Naomi Siegel
1111 Cornwall Ave
Bellingham   WA   98225

Listing ID 108305