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*cino: Re-imagining food systems in a rural city
*culture is not optional runs the Huss Project, a former elementary school in Three Rivers, Michigan, that is being transformed into a community center that seeks to grow our rural city’s capacity for imagination. We currently run an urban farm that distributes produce to neighbors who don’t have access to fresh food, host a summer lunch program for school-aged kids, and run a weekly farmer’s market through the summer that includes events intended to engage both children and adults in creativity and community building. We partner closely with many local businesses and farmers to meet community needs. VISTAs will join our volunteer staff to strengthen existing partnerships, to foster new partnerships, to recruit volunteers to build staff capacity, and to design new programs that will structurally change the way we approach poverty in our city. Our goals are to increase educational achievement—particularly for marginalized, at-risk youth in our school district who disproportionately live in the Huss neighborhood—and to build a sustainable food system accessible by all in our city. We offer reduced-cost housing at our community house for VISTA members. We will be selecting three members to join our work in Three Rivers, with positions focusing on food distribution programming, communications and events, and farm education programming.
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This listing is currently not accepting applications.

Member Duties : AmeriCorps VISTAs will help *cino staff work on the following: Designing and implementing interdependent, just, sustainable systems for improving access to healthy food among low-income households; Recruiting, training, and retaining volunteers in a spirit of appreciation and mutual exchange; Growing capacity for land-based education; Evaluating and implementing opportunities for networking local producers, businesses, civic entities, and social service agencies; Designing and implementing cross-functional communications, education, and marketing strategies; Fostering neighborhood relationship-building and community celebration.
Program Benefits : Living Allowance ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Health Coverage* ,  Training ,  Childcare assistance if eligible . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development ,  Education ,  Health ,  Hunger . 
Skills :
Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Communications ,  Social Services ,  Computers/Technology ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Recruitment ,  Writing/Editing ,  General Skills ,  Education ,  Community Organization . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

*cino: Re-imagining food systems in a rural city

Program Start/End Date
10/24/2022  -   10/23/2023

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MICHIGAN  


Accepting Applications
From  03/01/2022  To  09/22/2022 

Contact Rob Vander Giessen-Reitsma
PO Box 1
Three Rivers   MI   49093

Listing ID 110020


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