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Averett University VISTA Project - The Health Collaborative
 
 
 
The Health Collaborative is focused on creating Health for All in the Dan River Region. Within the Healthy Eating focus area, this means providing equitable access to local, fresh and healthy food. This VISTA’s goals and activities will support this effort, increasing access and consumption of healthy food, and also providing economic opportunities for our most vulnerable communities. The Healthy Eating team aims to reduce poverty by reducing food costs, building leadership, workforce, marketing and entrepreneurial skills of low-income youth, adults and families, and connecting new and existing farmers with new markets and business opportunities (often a sector that struggles to make a living wage). By supporting young people, new farmers and rural multi-generational family farmers, we can transform a sector that has been negatively associated with both hunger and poverty into an active part of the solution. The VISTA will provide support to the local food steering committee, which aims to foster relationships among local food system participants and advocate for policy change and infrastructure development in order to create a fair and economically robust food system. The VISTA will support the implementation of the local food system improvement plan and provide ongoing support to the Healthy Eating action team of The Health Collaborative. Specifically, the local food system improvement plan includes goals to 1) create greater consumer demand and community-level support for local food production; 2) develop a center for farming and local food aggregation, storage and distribution; 3) provide training and education to local farms to improve their financial stability and foster healthy and sustainable farms and 4) develop food recycling/gleaning programs. All of these goals are focused on creating additional markets and livable wages for local farmers, reducing food waste and providing more fresh produce to community members experiencing hunger.
 
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Member Duties : The VISTA will provide support to the local food steering committee, which aims to foster relationships among local food system participants and advocate for policy change and infrastructure development in order to create a fair and economically robust food system. The VISTA will support the implementation of the local food system improvement plan and provide ongoing support to the Healthy Eating action team of The Health Collaborative.
 
Program Benefits : Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Health Coverage* ,  Training ,  Stipend . 
 
 
*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 ,  Community and Economic Development . 
 
Skills :
Communications . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Program
Averett University VISTA Project - The Health Collaborative

Program Start/End Date
06/01/2019  -   06/02/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations VIRGINIA  

Accepting Applications
From  03/14/2019  To  07/30/2019 

Contact Annie Martinie
512 Bridge St
Danville   VA   24541
4347992176
amartinie@drfonline.org
 
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 76721


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