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2020 Garden and Market VISTA Summer Associate
Garfield Park Community Council (GPCC) is a community-building organization made up of dedicated residents and allies working together to develop leaders and create opportunities and programs that build a vital Garfield Park community, which is a neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side that has experienced decades of disinvestment. The overall goal of the VISTA project will increase healthy food and food security and interrupt the cycle of poverty on Chicago’s West Side. GPCC’s Wellness Initiative aims to increase the health and wellness of Garfield Park residents, through the core offerings of the Garfield Park Garden Network and the Garfield Park Neighborhood Market, as well as the Youth Garden Corps. These VISTAs will help local gardeners maintain green spaces and harvest produce for the neighborhood market, organize volunteer groups and provide logistical support for the Neighborhood Market, and with fellow VISTAs and the GPCC staff, lead the Youth Garden Corps, a cohort of up to ten local teens who work in gardens and at the Neighborhood Market gain job readiness and horticultural skills. The VISTA project will also help implement pilot mobile pop-up markets or delivery services to seniors and other vulnerable residents. These positions will be supervised by the Wellness Coordinator, with support from other staff. An interest in food security, poverty alleviation, and local food system development is an asset for this position. Garfield Park is a primarily and historically African American community, and the GPCC seeks VISTAs who display a commitment to racial equity and inclusion. This position is a part of the Housing Action VISTA Network, which is an AmeriCorps VISTA program managed by Housing Action Illinois since 2010. As such, this position will receive customized training, support, guidance, and networking opportunities, in addition to the traditional opportunities for AmeriCorps VISTA positions. Learn more about the program at Housing Action’s website.
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Member Duties : 1. Review and revise vendor communication materials for the Garfield Park Neighborhood Market, with Wellness Coordinator and Director of Development and Communications. 2. Review previous Garden Network members and tools and utilize new tools for measuring harvested produce for the Market. 3. Build the capacity of the Garfield Park Garden Network to grow more food for neighbors and at the Garfield Park Neighborhood Market. 4. With the Director of Development and Communications, develop communications and outreach materials for local gardeners and for community residents. 5. In collaboration with Wellness Coordinator and Director of Development and Communications, conduct outreach to vendors. 6. With local growers, harvest and prepare produce for the Neighborhood Market and determine best practices for produce sales. 7. Support development and implementation of pilot pop-up markets or produce delivery services for senior citizens and vulnerable residents in Garfield Park.
Program Benefits : Living Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Training . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Children/Youth ,  Community Outreach ,  Hunger ,  Health ,  Entrepreneur/Business ,  Environment ,  Community and Economic Development . 
Skills :
Community Organization ,  Environment ,  Public Health ,  Disaster Services ,  Communications ,  Team Work ,  Writing/Editing ,  Computers/Technology ,  General Skills . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

2020 Garden and Market VISTA Summer Associate

Program Start/End Date
06/01/2020  -   08/07/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations ILLINOIS   Chicago  

Accepting Applications
From  04/13/2020  To  06/30/2020 

Contact VISTA Leader
300 N Central Park Ave
Chicago   IL   60624
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 95561