Utahns Against Hunger
AmeriCorps VISTA position
Real Food Rising VISTA
A community farming & youth development program
Who We Are:
For 31 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 work hard every day to shape public policy and make nutrition programs work for the people who need them. Visit http://www.uah.org for more information. Real Food Rising is a youth development program of UAH that uses sustainable agriculture as a means to transform the lives of young people and to increase access to healthy food in Salt Lake City. On urban farmland, Real Food Rising provides youth with jobs, engages adults through volunteer days, and middle schoolers through educational field trips. Visit http://www.uah.org/realfoodrising for more information.
About the Position
The Real Food Rising VISTA will help expand our second year programming at our farm in Salt Lake City in many ways. Jobs responsibilities will include working with youth interns, volunteers, field trips, grant writing, community partners, and potentially farmers markets. This position will put in place administrative systems that will serve us in the future. This position is based in Salt Lake City and is a National AmeriCorps Anti-Hunger VISTA position through the New York City Coalition Againt Hunger (NYCCAH). This position will start around the beginning/middle of February.
We are looking for an enthusiastic, organized individual who will:
Recruit and coordinate educational field trips to the farm for middle schoolers
Coordinate volunteers to work on the farm
Assist with youth recruitment and help coordinate multi-faceted, large-group interviews
Facilitate outreach to families, alumni, and the community about RFR and about UAH resources
Coordinate community events on the farm like our Community Lunch series & a Spring planting event
Explore the possibility of RFR establishing a farm stand; plan & coordinate farm stand implementation
Research grant possibilities, write grants, and work to secure in-kind donations of farm supplies
Staff food stamp booth at markets & possibly help to increase the number of markets accepting SNAP
• Excellent written and communication skills • Able to work independently and take initiative
• Responsible, independent and open to learning and feedback • Experience with Microsoft office
• Team-oriented with a good sense of humor • Spanish language skills a plus
• Willingness to work 40+ hours a week and a flexible schedule
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 focus their efforts on building the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that improve health services, foster economic develop, and otherwise assist low-income communities. VISTAs develop programs to meet a need, write grants, & recruit and train volunteers.
Who NYCCAH is:
The New York City Coalition Against Hunger has developed a National Anti-Hunger & Opportunity Corps that facilitates anti-hunger organizations across the country to engage/employ VISTA members in work to fight hunger and improve nutrition.
To learn more about VISTA & NYCCAH, go to http://www.nyccah.org/our-work/national-americorps-anti-hunger-program
Serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA member, you are eligible for the following:
• Living allowance of $11,352 per year • Health Insurance
• Education Award (Upon completion of service-$5,550) • Student Loan Deferment
To Apply: Email your cover letter and resume to email@example.com by 12noon MST on 12/6/13.