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Muskingum Soil & Water Conservation-Urban Greens VISTA
 
 
 
The Muskingum Soil & Water Conservation District (MSWCD) is addressing food insecurity by teaching people how to grow food, while at the same time supplying fresh locally grown produce to our county’s food banks/pantries and to those who participate at the gardens. The theme of Urban Greens is “Growing with Purpose”, and we believe that providing ways to grow healthy food is part of our purpose. Our urban agriculture program, Urban Greens, began in 2017 and it grew incredibly in 2022 and 2023. We manage six community gardens, each with a slightly different focus and purpose. In 2023, we were able to donate over 18,000 pounds of fresh produce to food pantries, veterans, seniors, and others facing food insecurity (up from 7000 pounds in 2022). The goal for 2024 is to build a firmer foundation of support for the gardens that we currently manage. We believe that healthy soil produces healthy food, which in turn creates healthier people and healthier communities. It all begins with the soil, and we have two Agriculture Resource Specialists who work with many farmers on improving their soil health. They provide the technical support to the Urban Ag/Education Specialist, who is responsible for overseeing the garden sites and all that goes on at each one as well as educational programming.
 
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Member Duties : At Muskingum Soil & Water Conservation District, we grow both food and community! As our VISTA member, you will expand our Urban Greens program by recruiting and training dedicated volunteers. Connecting with schools, youth groups, churches, senior centers, and other organizations, you will build our network and rally community support for our cause. You will also implement a corporate sponsorship program and secure participation from local businesses interested in contributing supplies, equipment, employee time, or funding. Identifying grant opportunities, you will tell the compelling Urban Greens story to stakeholders and the larger community, inspiring participation in our project. Join our team and make an impact by increasing access to wholesome foods in our community! **Benefits include a monthly $200 housing stipend to supplement living costs.**
 
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  $200 housing stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Living Allowance ,  Training . 
 
 
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit https://americorps.gov/members-volunteers/vista/benefits.
 
Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
 
Service Areas :
Children/Youth ,  Hunger ,  Education ,  Community Outreach ,  Health . 
 
Skills :
Education ,  Computers/Technology ,  Communications ,  General Skills ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Writing/Editing ,  Recruitment ,  Conflict Resolution . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Program
Muskingum Soil & Water Conservation-Urban Greens VISTA

Program Start/End Date
06/03/2024  -   06/02/2025

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations OHIO  

Accepting Applications
From  03/01/2024  To  06/01/2024 

Contact Carrie Dennis
225 Underwood St
Zanesville   OH   43701
16142214336
cdennis@ohiofoodbanks.org

Listing ID 116863


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