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VYT - Salvation Farms
 
 
 
PROGRAM: The VT Youth Tomorrow AmeriCorps VISTA Program supports initiatives helping low-income youth & families develop job skills & academic proficiency, build connection to their community, access health & mental health care, find housing, become food secure, and connect with essential services needed to transcend poverty, avoid unhealthy behaviors, reverse the impacts of COVID-19, and ultimately thrive. Website: www.vermontyouthamericorps.org SITE: The mission of Salvation Farms is to build increased resilience in Vermont’s food system through agricultural surplus management. Our collaboration-based programs decrease food waste and increase access to local healthy food. Community members engage as volunteers in activities such as gleaning, and the surplus produce is distributed to those in need, repurposing what would otherwise be unharvested produce. Our activities provide experiential education opportunities, connections within community, and distribution of Vermont’s surplus farm produce to sites that serve financially and nutritionally insecure individuals and families. The AmeriCorps VISTA strengthens our regional gleaning program, enhances volunteer orientation and management, supports minimal processing of surplus produce, and increases capacity by improving tools and systems that support our program implementation and community engagement. Collaborating with partners, supporting the assessment of impact, and aiding in building community awareness is also be part of the VISTA service year. The VISTA’s efforts result in community empowerment and nourishment, an increase in access to community grown food, and a decrease in the amount of food lost each year. Prior to COVID-19, 11% of Vermonters were food insecure; a November 2020 report shows that now 30% are. The VISTA supports poverty alleviation efforts to increase both gleaning and distribution of nutritious food, focusing on the 4 northeastern counties which experience high rates of poverty.
 
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Member Duties : The VYT-Salvation Farms Program Capacity Building VISTA builds our capacity to reduce food loss on Vermont farms while enhancing resilience in the state’s food system by supporting programs that make wholesome food accessible to families and individuals in need, as well as provide experiential education opportunities. The VISTA engages in assessing and refining supports to ensure quality in and impact of our programs and initiatives. This includes creating and revising program procedural and training guides, enhancing database systems, developing stakeholder outreach and engagement, designing impact evaluations, increasing volunteer engagement, promoting our programs, and fundraising to support our programs & initiatives. Reliable transportation is required for local travel to partner locations and for VYT VISTA training. Send resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3 references.
 
Program Benefits : Professional development ,  Health Coverage* ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Training ,  Living Allowance . 
 
 
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
 
Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Uniforms provided and required ,  Car recommended . 
 
Service Areas :
Education ,  Entrepreneur/Business ,  Hunger ,  Community Outreach ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Health ,  Environment . 
 
Skills :
Public Speaking ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Writing/Editing ,  Recruitment ,  Leadership ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Computers/Technology ,  Environment ,  Farm, garden, or food service ,  Education ,  Community Organization ,  Communications ,  Team Work . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Program
VYT - Salvation Farms

Program Start/End Date
08/02/2021  -   08/01/2022

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations VERMONT  

Languages
English

Accepting Applications
From  04/09/2021  To  08/02/2021 

Contact Danielle Shaw
49 Portland St
Morrisville   VT   05661
8022299151
vyt.recruitment@wcysb.org
www.vermontyouthamericorps.org

Listing ID 97234


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