AmeriCorps VISTA Community Capacity Building
About the organization
Our Community, Our Food Bank
Connecticut Foodshare supports individuals and families – from one end of the state to the other – by addressing root causes, creating long-term solutions, and distributing nutritious food through local partner programs in an effort to alleviate hunger.
To deliver an informed and equitable response to hunger by mobilizing community partners, volunteers, and supporters.
Connecticut Foodshare is the food bank serving all of our neighbors across the state. Working with a strong network of community-based hunger relief programs, we help provide nutritious food as well as long-term, sustainable solutions to food insecurity. By joining Connecticut Foodshare, you will be part of a team that helps drive community awareness, garners support, leverages research, and engages volunteers, to realize our vision of a thriving community free of hunger.
The Community Capacity Building VISTA will help significantly increase the scope of Connecticut Foodshare's response to hunger by mobilizing community partners and volunteers. The candidate will have a hands-on opportunity to work with food assistance programs, build capacity and shape the experience of the people served. This position is a good fit for someone with excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills with an ability to effectively and respectfully interact with people of all different backgrounds.
Connect and support food pantries, community kitchens and other food assistance providers that are part of the Connecticut Foodshare partner network
Assess partner program interest in meeting with their peers from across the state to share ideas and best-practices
Build community awareness about food assistance and support for partner programs through digital media and volunteer training
Reduce barriers to access for people served
Build guest engagement to strengthen food assistance programming
Document all lessons learned and recommendations for future program improvements
Note this is a full-time, one year volunteer assignment. VISTAs are provided with a living allowance and other benefits
High school diploma/GED
Experience with Digital media
Experience with Microsoft Office products
Valid driver's license and access to reliable transportation
1-3 years of experience in a similar or related role
Experience with and comfort with public speaking, meeting facilitation and community organizing
Experience in teaching or training environment or with public speaking
Some Spanish speaking ability
Volunteer Position with living allowance and benefits https://www.americorps.gov/serve/americorps/americorps-vista
Contact email: [email protected]
What is a VISTA?
Founded in 1964, Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) is an anti-poverty program designed to provide needed resources to nonprofit organizations and public agencies to increase their capacity to lift communities out of poverty. AmeriCorps VISTA provides opportunities for Americans 18 years or older from a diverse range of backgrounds to dedicate a year of full-time service with an organization to create or expand programs designed to empower individuals and communities in overcoming poverty.
Please review Why Others Have Become Americorp Vista Members and take a look at the Benefits for serving as a VISTA. Attached is the living allowance rate guide.
Equal Opportunity Employment
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The Peace Corps is committed to providing equal opportunity to all employees, Volunteers, and applicants for employment and volunteer service. Peace Corps policy prohibits discrimination and harassment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age (40 or over), disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, parental status, political affiliation, union membership, genetic information, or history of participation in the Equal Employment Opportunity process, grievance procedure, or any authorized complaint procedure.
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