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OSMRE VISTA Itmann Food Bank
Here in the heart of Appalachia, the warm and personal culture struggles to survive in the midst of poverty caused by lack of employment and out-migration. A sense of helplessness in the face of this poverty tends to weigh down the otherwise vibrant spirit of the poor. Young families are looking for ways of providing healthy and economical food for their children, as well as becoming more self-reliant. Part of the answer lies in the development of family gardens and, more importantly perhaps, the development of community gardens throughout the county. Unfortunately, the tradition of home gardens has slipped away and the notion of community gardens has not been encouraged. The local food pantry provides supplemental food to over 500 families each month. The VISTA member will work with these families, setting up educational programs on gardening, both at the home and community garden setting. The VISTA member will encourage the development of backyard gardens and the acquisition of community gardens through awareness raising projects, educational programs, and the direct provision of garden needs.
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This listing is currently not accepting applications.

Member Duties : 1. Spend time acclimating and integrating into the local Appalachian culture so as to have a better understanding of the history and culture of the people. 2. Research the areas of the county that are either reclaimed mine lands or flood plain land owned by local governments which might be suitable for community garden development. 3. Plan educational experiences for local families and community groups on the value of and manner of developing family and community gardens. 4. Develop foundation proposals for funding garden projects. 5. Develop personal relationships with food pantry recipients. 6. Meet with local community groups to encourage garden development 7. Help acquire garden materials and equipment 8. Evaluate the success and challenges of the program in light of its replication in other areas of Appalachia.
Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Living Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Training . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Education ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Hunger ,  Community Outreach ,  Health . 
Skills :
Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Social Work preferred ,  Community Organization . 
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OSMRE VISTA Itmann Food Bank

Program Start/End Date
03/13/2017  -   03/12/2018

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations WEST VIRGINIA  


Accepting Applications
From  12/15/2016  To  02/18/2017 

Contact Amy Showalter
115 S Kanawha St
Beckley   WV   25801
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 70069