Utahns Against Hunger
AmeriCorps VISTA position
Mobile Food Stamps & Summer Food Outreach
Who We Are:
For 30 years Utahns Against Hunger (UAH) has worked to expand the reach of nutrition programs to the estimated 1 in 6 households in Utah that struggle to afford enough food. We are not an emergency food provider. Food pantries and charities make up only about 15% of all food assistance in our state. So instead we work hard every day to shape public policy and make nutrition programs work for the people who need them.
We work to build the public will to end hunger by educating and collaborating with local policymakers who decide how programs work. We strengthen child nutrition by promoting and expanding summer food programs, school meals, and by ensuring that safety net programs like WIC and Food Stamps are doing what they are supposed to do. We grow community networks by helping to build the capacity of local charities and ensuring people in need know where to go for help in their local communities. And finally, we raise the profile of hunger by working with media, community groups, educators, and religious organizations.
What VISTA is:
AmeriCorps VISTA builds capacity in non-profit organizations and communities to help bring individuals and communities out of poverty. VISTA members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. VISTA members generally do not provide direct services, such as tutoring children or building homes. Instead, they focus their efforts on building the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, fostereconomic develop, and otherwise assist low-income communities. VISTAs develop programs to meet a need, write grants, and recruit and train volunteers.
Mobile Food Stamps & Summer Food Outreach VISTA Job Description:
This Utahns Against Hunger Vista position will be instrumental in extending UAH’s reach with both our mobile Food Stamps screening & enrollment and Summer Food outreach by working with the community.
We are looking for an enthusiastic, organized individual who can help Utahns Against Hunger:
Expand UAH’s mobile food stamp screening and enrollment in the community
Improving UAH’s outreach for the Summer Food program
Improve and expand the reach of our community outreach materials (both online and brochures & flyers)
Work with volunteers to facilitate outreach to the community
Coordinate posting UAH/federal nutrition relevant articles on our website
Note: VISTA members do not do direct service. They perform indirect service in order to build capacity and sustainability for an organization.
• Excellent written and communication skills • Able to work independently and take initiative
• Responsible, independent and open to learning and feedback
• Team-oriented with a good sense of humor • Experience with Microsoft office
• Spanish language skills a plus
Serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA member, you are eligible for the following:
• Living allowance of $10,680 per year • Health Insurance
• Education Award (Upon completion of service-$5550) • Student Loan Deferment
To learn more about VISTA, go to http://www.americorps.gov/for_individuals/choose/vista.asp
To learn more about Utahns Against Hunger, go to http://www.uah.org
To Apply: Email your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12 noon MST on 12/9/11.