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GHCC/UMD Extension - Community Garden Coordinator
This position is sponsored by Greater Homewood Community Corporation (GHCC) in Baltimore, MD; and the VISTA member will serve with the University of Maryland Extension (UME) in Riverdale, MD. GHCC serves as the VISTA Project Sponsor to more than 20 nonprofit, government, and community organizations throughout Baltimore City and Maryland. Established in 1969 to help neighborhoods become safer, better places to live, GHCC's mission is to build and strengthen vibrant urban communities. GHCC will provide support to the University of Maryland and VISTA member throughout the year, including recruitment, training, professional development opportunities, and resources. University of Maryland Extension is part of a county-wide educational system, sponsored jointly by the University of Maryland, Prince George’s County Government, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Prince George’s County, where it is based in Maryland, is the most diverse county in the state, but it is rife with health issues, many of which stem from poor diet. County residents experience higher rates of chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and cancer than the state average; and, tragically, racial and ethnic differences reveal even greater disparities. UME provides gardening and nutrition education in order to help people become healthier and more self-sufficient. Key partners for this project are William Wirt Middle School, and the Suburban Washington Resettlement Center, which includes the International Rescue Committee, Lutheran Social Services, and the Ethiopian Community Development Council.
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Member Duties : The Community Garden Coordinator, with a coalition of community partners, will facilitate the creation of an intergenerational training ground for small-scale, intensive, sustainable agriculture. Working with a dynamic team of project leaders, the VISTA will transform an abandoned parcel of land into a garden bursting with nutritious vegetables grown by refugee families, middle school students, and other neighborhood residents. The Coordinator will: 1. Collaboratively develop a concept plan for the garden with input and approval from neighborhood residents and partner agencies. 2. Coordinate the building and development of the garden. 3. Fundraise $2,000 for garden materials and coordinate installation with volunteers. 4. Recruit 150 partner agency representatives and neighborhood residents to participate in workdays, educational workshops, and ongoing garden maintenance. 5. Develop a system for measuring impacts of the garden on participants.
Program Benefits : Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Living Allowance ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Health Coverage* ,  Training . 
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Terms :
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time . 
Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development ,  Health ,  Community Outreach ,  Hunger ,  Environment ,  Neighborhood Revitalization . 
Skills :
Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Public Speaking ,  Recruitment ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Team Work ,  Leadership . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

GHCC/UMD Extension - Community Garden Coordinator

Program Start/End Date
07/26/2013  -   07/25/2014

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MARYLAND   Washington/Baltimore  

Accepting Applications
From  03/27/2013  To  05/21/2013 

Contact Allison Wilhite
3503 N Charles St
Baltimore   MD   21218
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 48981