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Our Neighbors Table: Food Resource Advocate
Our Neighbors’ Table (ONT) is the leading organization fighting hunger in 12 communities in northeastern Essex County of Massachusetts. Our services include a weekly meal, and weekly markets filled with fresh, nutritious foods. In 2018, ONT declared Amesbury a hunger-free community. ONT is now on track to do the same in three more communities – Newburyport, Salisbury, and Merrimac – by the end of 2020. As ONT’s VISTA member, you have a chance to be an integral part of this movement by building our ability to reach vulnerable community members in need of services. ONT is a small grassroots organization working on the north shore of Massachusetts, 45 minutes north of Boston and an hour away from the mountains of New Hampshire. ONT’s Food Resource Advocate VISTA Member will help implement a new outreach program to connect those in need with resources that work for them, are convenient, reliable, and meaningful. The VISTA’s projects will include developing follow up procedure and protocols for families identified as food insecure at health care provider screening sites, recruiting and training support volunteers for follow up program, and networking with local service providers to increase familiarity and utilization of programs. In addition, this VISTA member will play a crucial role in preparing Our Neighbors’ Table to become a SNAP Outreach Partner. The VISTA member will collaborate with every member of ONT’s 10-person staff, and be an active part of the ONT Program Team (responsible for running, implementing and expanding ONT’s grocery and meal program to serve food insecure individuals). ONT’s VISTA member will gain concrete experience at this innovative organization. ONT values personal development, hands-on training, and networking as a part of this VISTA experience. This is a dynamic position that will include interaction with the public, volunteers, clients, and health care providers through phone, email, and face to face communication.
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Member Duties : The VISTA Food Resource Advocate (FRA) will focus on designing and implementing follow-up procedures with clients in need of ONT’s services. S/he will use her/his community building, communication, and project design skills to create training and outreach materials that enhance ONT’s ability to reach clients and coordinate volunteers. S/he will use technology and databases for communication and systems tracking. S/he will be expected to follow client confidentiality procedures. Candidates with social work, case management, and/or public health experience or interest will be preferred. ONT’s Food Resource Advocate will utilize outreach strategies to connect vulnerable community members with comprehensive resources, ensuring that clients feel supported and empowered during every step of this process.
Program Benefits : Health Coverage* ,  Training ,  Stipend ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Education award upon successful completion of service . 
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Terms :
Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Hunger ,  Entrepreneur/Business ,  Ex-Offender Reentry ,  Education ,  Health ,  Community Outreach ,  Elder Care ,  Children/Youth ,  Environment ,  Disaster Relief . 
Skills :
Counseling ,  Community Organization ,  Communications ,  General Skills ,  Recruitment ,  Social Services ,  Public Health ,  Medicine . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

Our Neighbors Table: Food Resource Advocate

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 MASSACHUSETTS  

Accepting Applications
From  05/07/2019  To  06/10/2019 

Contact Alice Tonry
194 Main St
Amesbury   MA   01913
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 89097