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Concrete Jungle Volunteer and Program Expansion VISTA
Harvest Against Hunger’s Harvest VISTA program acts as a gleaning and produce recovery program incubator, working with partner host sites to place AmeriCorps VISTAs across the country. These VISTAs serve as gleaning coordinators, building localized, sustainable produce recovery programs that connect farmers to food banks to increase the amount of fresh nutritious produce available to people experiencing food insecurity. This position is located in Atlanta, GA, serving with Concrete Jungle. Concrete Jungle transforms overlooked and underutilized fruit trees and land into a healthy food source for communities in need. We started as a volunteer organization in 2009, creating fun, innovative ways to solve issues of food waste and food insecurity. Since then, we have grown into a 501(c)3 with one full time staff person, 3 very part time contractors, and a volunteer base of 1,200. Each year we increase our harvest by 50-200%. We believe we have been successful because of our very engaged and enthusiastic volunteers. Since our founding in 2009, we have donated 117,583 pounds of produce (470,335 servings) to hunger relief organizations in Georgia. We do this by: • Mapping fruit trees: 3,200 trees mapped in total • Educating and engaging volunteers to identify and harvest fruit through our activities • Creating technology to monitor ripening of trees • Cultivating 4,000+ pounds vegetables annually on our urban farm • Gleaning from farms and orchards • Partnering with local food pantries and soup kitchens to make fresh, local produce more accessible • Providing produce education to clients through taste tests, recipe demos and cooking classes • Hiring clients from partner agencies to help lead cooking classes and recipe demonstrations • Providing educational programming to the Atlanta community around identifying fruit trees, growing fruits and vegetables, and preparing healthy food • Expanding our programming to a satellite campus in Athens, GA
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Member Duties : While we harvest 30,000+ pounds of produce each year, we collect from only 10% of the fruit trees around Atlanta. We believe we can harvest much more produce if we can leverage our existing resources to build capacity. We hope to engage an AmeriCorps VISTA member to build our capacity by: • Formalizing processes around our fruit tree management, volunteer events, and produce distribution programs. • Creating volunteer management strategy and leadership programming. • Piloting satellite Concrete Jungle program. These steps will help alleviate poverty by increasing the amount of fresh produce provided to partner food pantries and soup kitchens around the state. The VISTA will help coordinate in Concrete Jungle activities in our fruit tree management, volunteer events and produce distribution programs in order to create evaluation tools, protocol and training materials to expand our programming. The VISTA will lead volunteer management and satellite program.
Program Benefits : Health Coverage* ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Relocation Allowance ,  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 :
Community Outreach ,  Health ,  Education ,  Environment ,  Hunger . 
Skills :
Leadership ,  Community Organization ,  General Skills ,  Recruitment ,  Team Work ,  Education ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Environment ,  Public Speaking ,  Communications . 
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Concrete Jungle Volunteer and Program Expansion VISTA

Program Start/End Date
04/13/2020  -   04/12/2021

Work Schedule Full Time

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations GEORGIA   Atlanta  

Accepting Applications
From  09/19/2019  To  03/17/2020 

Contact Maria Mendez-Francisco
1201 1st Ave S
Seattle   WA   98134
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 91837