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*Goodwill VISTA* Friends of Aroostook, Houlton
Friends of Aroostook is a non-profit, located in Houlton, Maine, providing locally grown fresh produce for Maine’s hungry, emergency winter firewood for the cold in Aroostook and Washington Counties, and helping senior citizens in the Greater Houlton area with their effort to remain in their homes. FOA began in 2008 to assist Aroostook County’s elderly and low income residents. Many residents in Maine live in households that are unable to consistently provide nutritious food necessary for a health life and some of these same households cannot heat their homes in the winter. We recognize the need for “Green Space” in our area for the general public. FOA believes in connecting local resources with local needs. The USDA has classified most of Northern and Eastern Rural Maine as a “Food Desert”. A Food Desert is a geographical area where people do not have proper access to food due to mobility, lack of in-come, and the distances to food outlets. Currently we grow produce on our farm in Houlton. This includes planting, maintaining, and harvesting multiple types of fruits and vegetables. Plus packing and delivering it to our affiliated food distributors. We serve 23 food pantries in Aroostook and Washington Counties. These food pantries define need, qualify consumers, and provide direct distribution to the hungry in their areas. Our total food pantry service area encompasses a 130 mile radius. Friends of Aroostook is leasing and area farm with option to purchase that includes 44 acres of farmland and 106 acres of forest. Currently we farm the land and are developing a 2 and ½ mile nature trail system to create “Green Space” for the general public. This system is nature friendly and by design the visible foot print is not intrusive to the land.
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This listing is currently not accepting applications.

Member Duties : The AmeriCorps VISTA member will support Friends of Aroostook in various projects. The VISTA will recruit and manage local volunteers for various projects on the farm. They will coordinate projects with local FOA affiliates who share similar values. The VISTA will increase the capacity of Friends of Aroostook by recruiting local volunteers for our organization’s needs. The VISTA will compile this information in a management system to easily track volunteer information and service hours. The VISTA will conduct outreach by designing brochures, posters, various forms of promotional materials, and coordinating media events. The VISTA will seek funding for Friends of Aroostook through grant writing and organizing fundraising events.
Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Health Coverage* ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Living Allowance ,  Training ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Stipend . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Environment ,  Health ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Housing ,  Community Outreach ,  Ex-Offender Reentry . 
Skills :
Leadership ,  Recruitment ,  Team Work ,  Computers/Technology ,  Business/Entrepreneur ,  Communications ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Social Services ,  General Skills ,  Public Speaking . 
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*Goodwill VISTA* Friends of Aroostook, Houlton

Program Start/End Date
11/18/2017  -   11/17/2018

Work Schedule Full Time

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MAINE  

Accepting Applications
From  10/17/2017  To  11/18/2017 

Contact Craig Bowers
PO Box 1705
Houlton   ME   04730
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 77194