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Franklinton FoodHealth&Wellness_Homeless Families Foundation
 
 
 
The Franklinton Food-Health-Wellness Corps is a 10-member, neighborhood-based, AmeriCorps VISTA project that builds community-food-system capacity with community organizations that serve in Columbus, Ohio's west-side neighborhood of Franklinton. Franklinton is one of Columbus' most underserved communities, and many residents are adversely impacted by various economic, environmental, and social issues. Approximately 15% of residents are unemployed, 66% of households live at or below the poverty line, and more than 50% of residents experience some level of food insecurity. The VISTA program will involve VISTA members working with a wide range of social service agencies throughout Franklinton to help build the capacity of food-health-wellness initiatives throughout the Franklinton neighborhood. Service sites include an urban farm, a hospital affiliated health and wellness center, a family housing stabilization agency, an Episcopal faith community, and a community bicycle shop. This VISTA will work with the Homeless Families Foundation (HFF), whose mission is to educate and nurture children while empowering families to achieve stable housing and self sufficiency.  The HFF provides case management services to families living in homeless shelters, an afterschool and summer program and a Pre-K program.  These programs work together to help families build long term housing stability. The HFF VISTA will address the issue of food security with our families. Member activities will include: establishing a gardening program for students in the after-school program; work with Franklinton Gardens to promote their neighborhood food distribution program; and develop a low cost food sourcing plan for food served and given to families at HFF.The ideal candidate will be community focused, a self- starter, have the ability to interact with children, youth and adults, able to work on multiple projects concurrently,  and be willing to take direction from several different people.
 
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Member Duties : The VISTA duties will include: a) Work to formalize afterschool/summer gardening program b) Work with Franklinton Gardens to get families signed up for the Community Supported Agriculture(CSA) program.  The VISTA will be responsible for talking with families about why they are not signing up for the program, educating them about the program, creating materials to promote the program, working with community organizations to provide demonstrations on how to cook the food and addressing any other issues that will arise. c) Working with Franklinton Gardens to formalize their food donation program to HFF and other community organizations.  This include creating a formal process for food donation and working with organizations to ensure the food is being utilized. d) working with other VISTAs in Franklinton in a community focused project. e) research low cost food sourcing options for the afterschool/ summer program and create a food sourcing plan.
 
Program Benefits : Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Education award upon successful completion of service . 
 
 
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
 
Terms :
None
 
Service Areas :
Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Education ,  Community and Economic Development . 
 
Skills :
Team Work . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Program
Franklinton FoodHealth&Wellness_Homeless Families Foundation

Program Start/End Date
08/08/2017  -   08/12/2018

Work Schedule Full Time

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations OHIO  

Accepting Applications
From  03/01/2017  To  06/28/2017 

Contact Nick Stanich
867 W Town St
Columbus   OH   43222
614-233-1887
 
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 71803


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