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Stewards VISTA: Mountain Roots - Community Food Security
Mountain Roots is a Community Food Systems initiative located in the Rocky Mountain headwaters community of Gunnison-Crested Butte, CO. Environment, outdoor recreation, sense of place, and quality of life are important to people who choose to live here, despite the rugged conditions. But, we are a Class 2 food desert where barriers to equitable food access are physical, economic, cultural, and educational. With environmental stewardship as a foundation, we model and teach sustainable agriculture in urban youth as well as manage a number of community farms in collaboration with community members. Actively engaging community members in increasing organic food production simultaneously builds food security, improves community health, and promotes active conservation of our water and land. Programs include a district-wide Farm to School program, six organic gardens and the new community farm, Backyard Harvest (a grow-a-row / food rescue project), Cooking Matters, SNAP+, Kids Cook!, and more. Our VISTA will join a small but passionate team working to transform this rural local organization’s rapid rise into sustainable growth by developing the Food Security Program arm of the organization. Specifically, this position combats rural food deserts, food insecurity, and obesity by working directly with under-served audiences to challenge systems of oppression, amplify voices, and empower people to take action for personal and community change. You’ll develop current access strategies into lasting programs that increase access to and consumption of fresh food, build self-sufficiency and improve individual and community health, address the root causes of poverty, some social determinants of health, and bridge age, cultural, and socioeconomic gaps. You’ll develop human resources, financial resources and partnerships; developing new strategies that increase community, volunteer, and donor engagement and overall awareness of issues and organizational impact.
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This listing is currently not accepting applications.

Member Duties : Pilot Projects: Field-test new strategies to improve effectiveness and impact on: Backyard Harvest, Cooking Matters, Promotoras, and the Bill’s Park Giving Garden. To understand how we can best serve our high-need communities and our impact, priorities include: design/test new strategies for Inclusivity, strengthening relationships with our under-served community members through outreach and community-based needs assessments. Program Development: Develop sustainable program funding sources; strategic planning and goal setting; evaluation; build human resources, develop staff training. Outreach & Engagement: Increase public awareness around food security issues through building relationships with target audiences; public presentations; empowering citizens in community advocacy and in developing community based solutions. Organizational Capacity: Assist with annual events, community outreach, building public and private partnerships, awareness, PR and marketing.
Program Benefits : Living Allowance ,  Training ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Health Coverage* . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Education ,  Hunger ,  Community Outreach ,  Environment ,  Health ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Children/Youth . 
Skills :
Business/Entrepreneur ,  Team Work ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Leadership ,  Recruitment ,  Community Organization ,  General Skills ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Public Health ,  Social Services ,  Environment ,  Communications . 
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Stewards VISTA: Mountain Roots - Community Food Security

Program Start/End Date
07/22/2019  -   07/20/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations COLORADO  


Accepting Applications
From  05/08/2019  To  07/01/2019 

Contact Ryan Tant
115 S Kanawha St
Beckley   WV   25801
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 75242