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Keep Charlotte Beautiful Community Garden VISTA
Food insecurity is a huge concern for Charlotte County, FL. According to Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, “food insecurity refers to lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods. Also, food-insecure households are not necessarily food insecure all the time. There are many different causes of food insecurity and here is a list of a few: poverty, low levels of education, poor health status, homelessness, and persons living with disabilities.” Wintergarden Presbyterian has a food pantry that is open every Thursday and we serve an average of 200 individuals a month. Making sure people have access to food to meet their needs is vital to helping solve the issues around food insecurity. But the need is bigger. What if we can teach people to go back to their roots? What if we can help people grow their own food? What if we can empower people to want to care for their families by growing the food on their plate? What if growing our own food leads to healthier families? Our dream is to build a community garden and food forest, with the hope to empower people in Charlotte County to grow and harvest the food they need for their family. This will help people gain independence from food pantries and provide for their own families. In addition, our hope is for people of a variety of backgrounds to learn to work together in the community garden and food forest, to learn together about nutrition and health, to provide for our families, friends, and the homeless in our midst together, and hope for a healthier community for our children and families. This Keep America Beautiful Community Garden VISTA project is in Port Charlotte, FL. Keep America Beautiful also has similar projects in Pinellas, FL; Cobb, GA; Douglassville, GA, and Greenville, SC.
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Member Duties : We need someone who is a self-starter, has the ability to follow through on projects, an ability to connect to the larger community through personal interaction and social media, is able to collect data and translate it to our situation, and a competent writer. The VISTA member would assist in the planning with gardeners, help in increasing community engagement, develop and expand community resources, provide direction, volunteer recruitment and training, locating and applying for grants, creating/applying to become a 501c3, and implementation of creating a community garden and food forest from the ground up. Truly the hope is the VISTA will truly help the community garden and food forest become sustainable in our community and develop the avenues for empowering the team and gardeners to do so.
Program Benefits : Health Coverage* ,  Training ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Living Allowance . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development ,  Community Outreach ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Health ,  Hunger ,  Environment ,  Education . 
Skills :
Public Speaking ,  Communications ,  Community Organization ,  Writing/Editing ,  Recruitment ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Team Work ,  Non-Profit Management . 
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Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Keep Charlotte Beautiful Community Garden VISTA

Program Start/End Date
08/16/2021  -   08/16/2022

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations FLORIDA  

English is required

Accepting Applications
From  06/10/2021  To  12/31/2021 

Contact Elizabeth Stover
1010 Washington Blvd
Stamford   CT   06901

Listing ID 93519


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