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Community Action Center, IA & MN Campus Compact
For over 50 years, Community Action Center of Northfield (CAC) has provided basic needs support for families throughout the Northfield, MN area. Specifically, 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 healthier 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 healthier 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 Community Corps VISTA Program, operated by Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact. The program strives to eliminate poverty through campus-community partnerships by placing full-time capacity building support in nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions. There are three focus areas, this project being in the Health Corps, which supports sites in long-term approaches to the social determinants of health. This includes meeting low-income student needs and a variety of projects with health-focused community organizations. ***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 : The VISTA will focus on three primary objectives: 1. 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. 2. 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. 3. 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 : Living Allowance ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Training ,  $250/month housing stipend, CAC services ,  Childcare assistance if eligible . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Health ,  Hunger ,  Community Outreach ,  Community and Economic Development . 
Skills :
General Skills ,  Communications ,  Team Work ,  Community Organization ,  Recruitment ,  Public Health . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

Community Action Center, IA & MN Campus Compact

Program Start/End Date
07/20/2020  -   07/19/2021

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MINNESOTA  

Accepting Applications
From  03/12/2020  To  06/26/2020 

Contact Dawn Wegscheid
Northfield   MN   55057

Listing ID 94612