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PHENND Fellows - Campus Farm and Food Access Specialist
The Penn Food and Wellness Collaborative (PFWC) is a Wellness at Penn initiative that brings together a diverse range of stakeholders from across the University of Pennsylvania campus to address issues of food insecurity, wellness, food systems education, and environmental sustainability. PFWC’s work is headquartered at the Penn Park Farm - an organic, production and education farm. In addition to growing food, PFWC runs year-round programming including class visits, research, internships, workshops, volunteer opportunities, and events. Produce from the Penn Park Farm serves members of the Penn community who are experiencing food insecurity; in particular, a lack of access to fresh fruits and vegetables. We work with distribution partners who connect our produce with community members experiencing food insecurity including undergraduate and graduate students, staff at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn-affiliated community partners. Food insecurity and lack of food access due to financial and geographic barriers has been significantly exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. We are expanding the capacity of the Penn Park Farm to meet the needs of the Penn community and would like the support of a VISTA to ensure that our expansion has the highest possible impact on ameliorating food insecurity in our community. A VISTA would assist with volunteer engagement, fundraising, site improvements, research, education, and more.
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Member Duties : Volunteer management: develop systems for volunteer recruitment, training, and retention; create engagement opportunities for distribution partner organizations. 2. Assess impact of expansion: document growth, and create guides for long-term sustainability through surveys, interviews, and data collection and analysis. 3. Communications: document and publicize expansion of the farm to promote engagement; create relevant educational materials. 4. Assist with fundraising: identify funding sources and grants, help create a comprehensive strategic growth plan and assist with fundraising events and donor engagement. 5. Training:support in formalizing standard operating procedures (SOPs), creating curriculum and training materials for future employees. 6. Relationship building: build connections with other campus organizations doing relevant work in order to form partnership and cross referral opportunities, increase awareness of the Penn Park Farm as a resource for food access.
Program Benefits : Health Coverage* ,  Living Allowance ,  SEPTA Monthly Transportation Pass ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Training ,  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 :
Education ,  Hunger ,  Community Outreach ,  Health ,  Environment . 
Skills :
Communications ,  Team Work ,  Green Design, data management ,  Public Speaking ,  Leadership ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Community Organization ,  Youth Development ,  Writing/Editing ,  Social Services ,  Trade/Construction . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

PHENND Fellows - Campus Farm and Food Access Specialist

Program Start/End Date
08/01/2023  -   07/31/2024

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations PENNSYLVANIA   Philadelphia/Wilmington/Atlantic City  

Accepting Applications
From  02/15/2023  To  05/31/2023 

Contact Roslynn Blount
3440 Market St
Philadelphia   PA   19104

Listing ID 117037