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Food Access and Wellness New Roots Program Support VISTA
Washington’s South King County is home to a diverse population from all corners of the globe. One of the common struggles of families arriving in this country is navigating the complex and often damaging food system that exists here. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) and its New Roots program aims to increase access to healthy food, promote family health and wellness, and create space for healthy community integration. Within this context, one major milestone of the New Roots program in South King County will be to establish successful garden self-governance models in order to continue developing partnerships for community garden and farming spaces for low-income communities. A second major milestone will be to assess the level of food insecurity in the population of newly arriving refugees and design appropriate interventions that provide families with skills to successfully navigate the US food system. This AmeriCorps VISTA position is a part of the Harvest VISTA team, sponsored by Harvest Against Hunger in Seattle, WA. Through the Harvest VISTA Program, AmeriCorps VISTA members are placed at local and national hunger relief agencies, where they create new opportunities for food systems, produce collection, volunteer recruitment, gleaning and gardening. By design, specific activities vary by location to meet community needs and available resources. Harvest VISTAs develop relationships with local growers, recruit new volunteers, build effective transportation networks and identify necessary resources to make these new programs successful and sustainable. Learn more at
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Member Duties : In this role, the Harvest VISTA will be responsible for community outreach, program evaluation, and volunteer and intern management. The VISTA will create systems to communicate program highlights and updates to partners, donors, and supporters; develop and implement program evaluation tools; expand program engagement with stakeholders and service providers, and improve and expand systems for engagement with volunteers and interns. They will also assist in monitoring, evaluation, and participatory data collection, and will improve tracking systems and evaluations. The VISTA will help add new data collection techniques, and create a system for collecting and saving this information and making it accessible to staff. The VISTA will also assist with grant research.
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Training ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Living Allowance . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Health ,  Environment ,  Education ,  Hunger ,  Community Outreach ,  Neighborhood Revitalization . 
Skills :
Leadership ,  Public Speaking ,  Communications ,  Education ,  Community Organization ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Team Work ,  Public Health ,  Urban Planning ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Computers/Technology ,  Environment ,  Writing/Editing ,  Social Services . 
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Food Access and Wellness New Roots Program Support VISTA

Program Start/End Date
10/26/2020  -   10/25/2021

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations WASHINGTON   Seattle/Tacoma/Bremerton  

Accepting Applications
From  09/01/2020  To  09/30/2020 

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

Listing ID 91776