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CT Food Justice Project - Foodshare VISTA
 
 
 
The Connecticut Food Justice VISTA Project is a partnership between non-profits throughout the state, each with one to two VISTA Members building the capacity of that organization. Together we strive for a multigenerational, racially and economically diverse group of leaders with the skills to move communities across Connecticut toward a just food system. With VISTA Member support, host sites commit to empowering their communities to have impact on food-related programs and services, and the food system in Connecticut as a whole. VISTA Members in the project will: 1. Participate in a collaborative forum for sharing best practices and curriculum among 9 project sites and 13 VISTA Members. 2. Build the capacity of each organization to empower under-represented populations 3. Create, expand and enhance the services offered by their host site by fundraising, managing volunteers, convening the community, surveying the community, enhancing awareness of food insecurity and injustice, and much more. University of Connecticut Extension, in partnership with some of the most effective and innovative nonprofit organizations in Connecticut, is coordinating the fifth year of this multi-site project beginning in August 2017.
 
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Member Duties : Foodshare is a regional food bank serving the 42 towns of Connecticut’s Hartford and Tolland counties. Foodshare’s mission is to end hunger in Greater Hartford, accomplished by implementing highly integrated and efficient systems to collect and distribute food, and by increasing community awareness and action concerning hunger. The Foodshare VISTA will firstly support and expansion of Foodshare’s SNAP Outreach program. There are underserved populations such as seniors and those visiting food pantries - by researching and scouting new locations in these communities the VISTA will build application assistance capacity and add new sites for outreach. The VISTA will secondly support and build the Food Justice Education Program for high school and college students to explore the issues of food insecurity.
 
Program Benefits : Living Allowance ,  Stipend ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Training ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Health Coverage* . 
 
 
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
 
Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
 
Service Areas :
Health ,  Environment ,  Children/Youth ,  Education ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Community Outreach ,  Hunger . 
 
Skills :
Urban Planning ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Leadership ,  Public Speaking ,  Public Health ,  Recruitment ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Education ,  Community Organization ,  Team Work ,  Communications ,  General Skills ,  Writing/Editing ,  Social Services ,  Non-Profit Management . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Program
CT Food Justice Project - Foodshare VISTA

Program Start/End Date
08/28/2017  -   08/27/2018

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations CONNECTICUT  

Languages
English

Accepting Applications
From  05/01/2017  To  07/28/2017 

Contact Jiff Martin
24 Hyde Ave
Vernon   CT   06066
8608706932
jiff.martin@uconn.edu
sustainablefood.uconn.edu
 
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 74186


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