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Harvest Against Hunger Summer Associate Upper Valley MEND
Upper Valley MEND (Meeting Each Need with Dignity) is a human services nonprofit located in Leavenworth, WA focused on fighting poverty by meeting the community needs of hunger, housing, and healthcare. The VISTA Summer Associate will work specifically with MEND’s Community Harvest Gleaning project. Community Harvest works to reduce food waste and increase access to fresh, local produce by organizing volunteers to harvest excess produce from farms, orchards and growers who wish to donate and then transport that food for distribution at established emergency food providers in the area. The VISTA Summer Associate will work with the Gleaning Coordinator to support and strengthen the gleaning project and develop relationships to distribute produce more effectively to food banks and summer feeding programs. Project Background Harvest Against Hunger (HAH), a program of Rotary First Harvest, connects local growers, food banks and volunteers to secure fresh produce for distribution to thousands of people throughout Washington State. HAH finds new and innovative ways to decrease waste of fresh fruits and vegetables and increase the availability of nutritious produce to food bank clients. HAH partners with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to place AmeriCorps VISTA members at hunger relief organizations to start or continue existing produce recovery projects. Now in its tenth year, HAH currently has AmeriCorps VISTA members placed at host sites around Washington State on produce recovery projects.
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Member Duties : The VISTA Summer Associate will fight poverty by: Gleaning - Build and maintain relationships with donors, volunteers, and community partners. - Schedule harvest events and coordinate volunteers for gleans during harvest season. - Host gleans, including leading volunteers and transporting gleaned crop to donation or storage sites. - Keep accurate records of seasonal activities. - Assist in managing purchasing contracts with farms Outreach and communication - Updated and maintain flyers, Facebook page, email newsletters, and website. - Set up outreach tabling (1-2x/month) at farmers’ markets, and other local events as appropriate. - Schedule and give presentations to local clubs and groups.
Program Benefits : Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Living Allowance . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Hunger ,  Environment ,  Community Outreach . 
Skills :
Team Work ,  Communications ,  Public Speaking ,  Community Organization ,  Environment . 
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Harvest Against Hunger Summer Associate Upper Valley MEND

Program Start/End Date
06/24/2019  -   09/01/2019

Work Schedule Full Time

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations WASHINGTON  

Accepting Applications
From  04/12/2019  To  05/31/3019 

Contact Chris LaRoche
1201 1st Ave S
Seattle   WA   98134
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 87884