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College Health Corps, Community Action Center
For over 50 years, Community Action Center of Northfield (CAC) has provided basic needs support for families throughout the Northfield, MN area. In 2019 CAC is focusing on food systems and our role in developing deeper and more integrated community impact around food access for families. Northfield’s community of organic farms, CSA’s, and Cooperatives are interested in potential collaborative partnerships, but CAC has lacked the capacity to explore these new systems and partnerships. 90% of our clients report that they would like more healthy fruit and vegetable options. This information is stretching the capacity of the organization to innovatively invest in new and collaborative approaches to addressing the needs of our clients. The work and focus of the VISTA will build CAC’s capacity to provide more healthy food options and easier access to this food for low-income families through both community engagement and volunteer support. CAC’s VISTA will work primarily in three, successively capacity-building roles for the benefit of low-income families: 1) volunteer support, 2) healthier and more sustainable food sources, and 3) easier access to food supports. ---This project is part of the College Health Corps (CHC) VISTA Program, operated by Minnesota Campus Compact. The CHC increases low-income individuals’ access to health care, health education, food, and basic needs through capacity building projects, including partnerships between higher education and community based organizations. Professional development focuses on health equity, the social determinants of health, and effective partnership development. --- ***Please also send cover letter and resume to supervisor. Interviews will occur on a rolling basis. Preference given to candidates who apply early.***
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Member Duties : Increasing low-income families’ access to CAC’s food support systems. This includes engaging families throughout the community in championing their own access to healthy foods. The VISTA will focus on community organizing as a way to give power and voice to those experiencing food insecurity. Increasing quantity of locally grown produce available at CAC’s food shelf. This includes working closely with local Community Supported Agriculture farms to provide fresh and local produce to the CAC food shelf. Explore pilot programs such as farm gleaning or other food recovery programs. Increasing CAC’s volunteer recruitment, retention, support, and training in collaboration with Carleton College. This includes working creatively to empower and engage the local community to get involved and champion more equitable and just food access for all.
Program Benefits : Health Coverage* ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Relocation Allowance ,  reduced cost housing ,  Training ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Living Allowance . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Children/Youth ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Homelessness ,  Health ,  Community Outreach ,  Education ,  Hunger ,  Housing . 
Skills :
Recruitment ,  Team Work ,  Public Health ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Business/Entrepreneur ,  Community Organization ,  Social Services ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Education ,  Communications ,  Leadership . 
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Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

College Health Corps, Community Action Center

Program Start/End Date
07/08/2019  -   07/06/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MINNESOTA  

Accepting Applications
From  03/11/2019  To  06/14/2019 

Contact Dawn Wegscheid
1651 Jefferson Pkwy
Northfield   MN   55057
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 86891