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*MTCC Climate Resilience Cohort - Opportunity Link, Inc
Opportunity Link’s mission is to find systemic ways to reduce poverty and help communities of North Central Montana achieve independence, prosperity, and a better way of life. This project is meant to address food insecurities that residents faced due to the COVID19 Pandemic and in other instances when the area was subjected to severe weather conditions and flooding. The plan for this project is to build capacities to support the development of sustainable food systems that improve health, strengthen food security, and increase resiliency. Opportunity Link is known for implementing relationship-building approaches that encourage engagement of agencies, businesses, residents, institutions, and organizations to support community-based development projects. This project will help identify numerous career opportunities to encourage the attainment of college educational programs for low-income individuals. Lasting change can occur when all parts of the system have the same knowledge and goals. By focusing on creating organizational capacities for acquiring data, compiling research, and reviewing best practices as resources for sharing to support community engagement and assist communities in the identification of place-based strategies for development, Opportunity Link will be able to address symptoms of poverty and provide resources and programs to increase food sovereignty and security. The advancement of knowledge within the organization and throughout the communities we serve will help build the human capital to spur continued community engagement in efforts to address food insecurities. Sharing the data and information needed for community organizers and change-makers to establish community interest and investment in their place-based development strategies will lead to the identification and growth of sustainable approaches.
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Member Duties : The VISTA will collaborate with Opportunity Link, Aaniih Nakoda and Stone Child Colleges, as well as staff and community members on the Rocky Boy and Fort Belknap Indian Reservations to research and develop materials to offer a series of trainings designed to increase the capacity of current and potential local food growers to create an economically successful business through their food growing or producing activities. The VISTA will assess barriers that food producers currently face to commercializing their products while also continuously gathering input, insights, and feedback from the populations being served about the challenges they face and opportunities they see. The VISTA will also Develop mitigation plans to help producers overcome these barriers, and to prepare for other unanticipated events that may negatively impact their operations.
Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Training ,  Living Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Relocation Allowance . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Environment ,  Tribal . 
Skills :
Team Work ,  General Skills ,  Community Organization ,  Environment ,  Writing/Editing . 
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*MTCC Climate Resilience Cohort - Opportunity Link, Inc

Program Start/End Date
08/15/2022  -   08/14/2023

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MONTANA  

Accepting Applications
From  05/18/2022  To  07/31/2022 

Contact Callye Foster
32 Campus Dr
Missoula   MT   59812

Listing ID 112345