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Nourish Iowa: Garden Resource VISTA
As a Nourish Iowa VISTA member, you will serve among a cohort of members throughout Iowa, sponsored by the Center for Energy & Environmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa, & will have frequent opportunities to share knowledge within this community through regular cohort-wide meetings & site visits. In addition to all standard AmeriCorps VISTA benefits, you will engage regularly with thought leaders in local food via the Cedar Valley Regional Food & Farm Network & Regional Food Systems Working Group, in addition to being invited to professional development opportunities coordinated by a VISTA Leader in your cohort. Nourish Iowa members are also eligible for free enrollment in Iowa State University's Local Food Leader certification course. As a Garden Resource VISTA, your service will revolve around ensuring that all who desire to grow their own food have access to the equipment, knowledge, and any other resources needed to do so. This will primarily be acted out through further development of the GEL program, strengthening the necessary connections between would-be home food producers and tool and seed libraries, educational opportunities, and other community resources, while also partnering with providers of these services to expand their capacity.
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Member Duties : As a Garden Resource VISTA member, you will analyze the scope of gardening efforts happening in the Cedar Valley, becoming familiar with the gardening & urban food production culture of the region. You will coordinate with Green Iowa AmeriCorps members to develop a plan for A Garden in Every Lot (GEL) services for the 2023 season. Exploring potential partnerships and collaborations, you will expand knowledge of existing gardening services & resources to key community organizations & historically underserved communities in the Cedar Valley. These tasks will help ensure program sustainability for the continuation of GEL services, increase community support, & foster intentional, transformational partnerships. You should work alongside diverse groups of people with accountability & compassion; be eager to establish & maintain positive working relationships; & have an equity centered mindset, excellent communication, & interpersonal & organizational skills.
Program Benefits : Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Training ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Living Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Health Coverage* ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Housing ,  Environment ,  Health ,  Hunger ,  Children/Youth ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Elder Care ,  Community Outreach ,  Technology ,  Education ,  Entrepreneur/Business ,  Neighborhood Revitalization . 
Skills :
Conflict Resolution ,  General Skills ,  Team Work ,  Public Health ,  Leadership ,  Law ,  Community Organization ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Urban Planning ,  Public Speaking ,  Trade/Construction ,  Medicine ,  Education ,  Recruitment ,  Youth Development ,  First Aid ,  Writing/Editing ,  Communications ,  Social Services ,  Environment ,  Business/Entrepreneur ,  Fine Arts/Crafts ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Computers/Technology ,  Counseling ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

Nourish Iowa: Garden Resource VISTA

Program Start/End Date
01/16/2024  -   01/15/2025

Work Schedule Full Time

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations IOWA  

Accepting Applications
From  02/01/2023  To  05/01/2024 

Contact Sarah Steinmeyer
8106 Jennings Dr
Cedar Falls   IA   50614

Listing ID 113010