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Gleaning Specialist VISTA - UpRoot Colorado
Harvest Against Hunger’s Harvest VISTA program acts as a gleaning and produce recovery program incubator, working with partner host sites to place AmeriCorps VISTAs across the country. These VISTAs serve as gleaning coordinators, building localized, sustainable produce recovery programs that connect farmers to food banks to increase the amount of fresh nutritious produce available to people experiencing food insecurity. This position is located in Mesa County, Colorado serving with UpRoot Colorado (UpRoot). UpRoot partners with farmers, hunger-relief organizations, and volunteers to glean surplus produce for distribution to community members facing food insecurity. UpRoot’s efforts simultaneously work to reduce on-farm surplus, increase the nutrition security of Colorado’s residents, and to strengthen connection and food wisdom in the communities we serve. UpRoot is young but growing quickly. In 2022, we doubled the amount of food we recovered versus the same time period in 2021. Since our founding in 2016, UpRoot staff and volunteers have rescued more than 250,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables across Colorado, equivalent to nearly 2.5 million servings of nutrient-dense food, and redistributed this life-sustaining resource to Colorado residents currently facing food and/or nutrition insecurity. With the support of a Harvest VISTA, we believe that we can significantly increase our positive impact within the Colorado food system. In 2022, we gleaned 75,000+ pounds of food across parts of Colorado’s Front Range and Western Slope regions.
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Member Duties : UpRoot is excited to welcome a Gleaning Specialist VISTA to expand and build capacity within the gleaning program along the Western Slope. The AmeriCorps member in this role will recruit new partners and volunteers locally to support the gleaning efforts. The member will be tasked with expanding the program into Mesa County by recruiting new partners such as farmers and hunger relief agencies, and volunteers; coordinating local gleaning events and food distribution; develop materials to increase capacity and effectiveness, such as a gleaning toolkit, volunteer management materials, and a data collection system. The member will also represent UpRoot at convenings with state and nationwide partnerships, and will build organization capacity through fundraising efforts such as grant research.
Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Living Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Stipend . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Health ,  Environment ,  Hunger . 
Skills :
Non-Profit Management ,  Public Speaking ,  Communications ,  General Skills ,  Environment ,  Writing/Editing ,  Recruitment ,  Team Work ,  Community Organization . 
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Gleaning Specialist VISTA - UpRoot Colorado

Program Start/End Date
07/17/2023  -   07/16/2024

Work Schedule Full Time

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations COLORADO  

Accepting Applications
From  11/15/2022  To  06/28/2023 

Contact Maria Mendez-Francisco
1201 1st Ave S
Seattle   WA   98134

Listing ID 113678