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Cross Over Community Development-Agriculture Specialist
Cross Over Community Development (COCD) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization based in Dayton that was incorporated in the State of Ohio on April 8, 2016. COCD was created to support the integration of immigrants and refugees through advocacy, direct services, and family mentoring. Our mission is to function as a resource center for immigrants and refugees. We are committed to advocating, educating, and facilitating connections to help immigrant and refugee families achieve and maintain self-sufficiency and successfully integrate and participate in their new communities. Therefore, we endeavor to address the language barriers faced by immigrants and refugees, cultural shock, low education or unmatched education, culturally inappropriate social and life skills, limited or nontransferable job skills. We assist in improving their living conditions and other social issues like poor living environments in high crime neighborhoods that complicate their integration. COCD carries out a wide range of activities and services under two programs: #1. Education: the program comprises English as Second Language (ESL) classes for all levels, preparation for General Equivalence Diploma and College Readiness. In ESL, besides the normal classes for literacy, we use culturally responsive methodologies to develop some oral competencies for low literate students before attempting to transition into reading and writing. #2. Mentoring: we provide family mentoring services at small-scale, wrap around case management (individualized plan of care); we assist refugees and immigrants’ families for acquisition of basic social skills, cultural competence, and life skills for navigating healthcare services and other social services. We also help to identify basic needs and connect populations to charities such as food banks for related assistance.
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Member Duties : The VISTA member will build the capacity of COCD by developing our urban farm for sustainable production and addressing the nutritional needs of our beneficiaries. The result will be increased socio-economic stability and independence of our clients. Surveying the immigrant and refugee community on food security, the VISTA will design and implement a sustainable client-run food co-op model for affordable, fresh and healthy food choices. The member will write grants, securing funding for the expansion of urban farming activities and COCD operations. The VISTA will also work to recruit volunteers and interns for the urban farm and organize events and trainings to bring together clients and community members. Finally, the VISTA member will identify and solicit donations from food banks for the improvement of food security among our served populations. **Benefits include a $200 housing stipend to supplement living costs.**
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Living Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Training ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Hybrid Schedule: Both Remote & In-Person . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Entrepreneur/Business ,  Hunger . 
Skills :
Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  General Skills ,  Business/Entrepreneur . 
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Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Cross Over Community Development-Agriculture Specialist

Program Start/End Date
10/23/2023  -   10/22/2024

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations OHIO  

Accepting Applications
From  02/24/2023  To  09/22/2023 

Contact Carrie Dennis
326 Gunckel Ave
Dayton   OH   45410

Listing ID 116923