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BCFS - Volunteer Program Developer (MAVA)
Over the last 35 years, the Bemidji Community Food Shelf has grown from a humble organization serving 19 families into a major hunger relief agency. We serve a community facing high rates of chronic poverty, unemployment, poor health outcomes and food insecurity. Last year, the food shelf provided services to 2,716 households. Nearly 50% of the individuals we serve are under the age of 18 and 63% are Native American. Like many food shelves, our greatest challenge is providing the fresh fruits and vegetables essential to good health. For this reason, BCFS piloted the Farm project in 2014 on 1.5 acres. Though this project has grown steadily for the last 3 years, we are looking to expand our impact in the community by building our volunteer program. Serving as our VISTA Volunteer Program Developer, you will help us expand our services, enhance our ability to engage and educate our volunteers and customers, and help ensure reliable access to healthy, fresh food resources in our community. If you seek a career in the nonprofit sector or volunteer management or just want to build program development skills in a way that gives back, this is a great opportunity for you. The food shelf is well-connected in the area, providing you with many opportunities to build relationships and your professional network. BCFS offers professional support, mentoring, a small professional development fund, and flexible hours. We can help facilitate housing arrangements if you are relocating for service and will connect you to other needed supports, including access to our food shelf services.
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This listing is currently not accepting applications.

Member Duties : As the VISTA Volunteer Program Developer for the Bemidji Community Food Shelf (BCFS), you will increase the Bemidji Community Food Shelf’s volunteer capacity by assessing current volunteer programming, developing new programming, and recruiting new volunteers. You will identify needed improvements and implement new strategies and processes to strengthen our volunteer programming, engage new populations in service, and support efforts to provide healthy options to our customers. This project will largely focus on improving volunteer programming at the BCFS Farm and Warehouse, which are the programs that supply and handle our produce.
Program Benefits : Training ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Living Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Children/Youth ,  Health ,  Elder Care ,  Homelessness ,  Environment ,  Hunger ,  Community Outreach ,  Education . 
Skills :
Writing/Editing ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Environment ,  Community Organization ,  Computers/Technology ,  Education ,  Team Work ,  Public Speaking ,  General Skills ,  Communications ,  Recruitment . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

BCFS - Volunteer Program Developer (MAVA)

Program Start/End Date
07/31/2017  -   07/27/2018

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MINNESOTA  

Accepting Applications
From  03/28/2017  To  06/02/2017 

Contact Mary Mitchell
1260 Exchange Ave SE
Bemidji   MN   56601
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 72488