Community Development VISTA
About the organization
Feeding Texas leads a unified effort for a hunger-free Texas. We assist hungry Texans through a statewide network of twenty-one food banks, lead the public discussion on hunger in Texas, and strengthen the anti-hunger movement through collaboration and capacity-building. The Community Capacity Corps is made up of a creative and motivated team focused on alleviating the upstream, economic causes of hunger as well as the downstream effects of hunger on health. VISTAs build non-traditional partnerships to increase community access to new services, and strategically incorporate the voices of hungry Texans into the public conversation on hunger through community engagement. With ample coaching and personal development opportunities, our corps offers emerging non-profit professionals a way to gain a level of experience above other entry-level positions. Collaborate with other VISTAs and non-profit professionals in a variety of positions, while building a foundation for a meaningful career.
As the Community Development VISTA, you will work with the Houston Food Bank to improve and increase their services while expanding community engagement efforts. Through effective engagement with neighborhood groups, relationship building, and resource pooling, your role will hone skills in community outreach, organization, and coordination. You will also assist HFB in organizing back-end resources for collected qualitative data. All Community Capacity Corps VISTAs will also engage community members through one-on-one interviews to gather stories for a statewide StoryBank with a focus on learning about the authentic lives of people experiencing food insecurity and presenting the truth of hunger in our community to a public audience.
College Graduate or equivalent experience, preferably in a field related to social work, psychology, or sociology
Knowledge of the relationship between poverty and food insecurity
Ability to maintain records of materials, supplies, time, and work performed
Ability to work with individuals of diverse backgrounds
Ability to solve problems in a fast-paced environment
Ability to handle difficult and stressful situations with professional composure
Ability to coordinate effectively with other departments and personnel
Strong customer service skills and willingness to assist others
Proficiency in Microsoft Suite
Desire to learn new skills
Access to reliable transportation, personal vehicle recommended
Excellent written and verbal communications skills
Medium to heavy work; exerts up to 50lbs of force 2-3 times a week by transporting and carrying educational materials and supplies
Minimum 18 years of age
Responsible for your own housing
AmeriCorps members receive a modest living allowance of $1,100 - $1,300/month pre-tax (based on service site). Members are also eligible to receive their choice of an education award ($6,495), or cash stiped ($1,800) upon completion of 1 year of service.
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Equal Opportunity Employment
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