Outreach Food Project AmeriCorps VISTA, 06/06/2022 - 06/05/2023

New Beginnings

About the organization

For over 40 years, New Beginnings has helped children, teens, and young adults find safety, build connections, and access the opportunities for growth that they need to thrive. Our mission is to partner with youth to create lasting change, so all youth have a safe place to live and opportunities to grow, and our vision is a world in which all youth are safe and valued in their communities. Our comprehensive services prevent young people from becoming homeless, support struggling families, and help vulnerable youth grow into stable and healthy adults.

Duties

The Outreach Food Project VISTA will be based in our Drop-In Center in Lewiston, Maine’s second largest city boasting a vibrant community spirit and easy access to a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities along with quick access to Portland’s more traditionally urban environment via I-95. The VISTA will develop systems to better utilize donated food and increase in-kind food donations, volunteers, and community outreach to support project growth. These capacity-building activities will result in increased meals, mobile food pantry utilization, and produce grown on-site at raised bed garden plots to reduce food insecurity among young people served by the Street Outreach Program.
Create sustainable systems to increase and manage the flow of food through our outreach program as our efforts to address food insecurity continue to grow. Duties include: Creating & implementing systems to better track all food projects and report on data; Menu planning to sustainably utilize donated food; and increasing and managing sources of food to build program capacity.
Establish and increase relationships with local businesses and volunteers interested in supporting homeless youth food insecurity projects. Duties include: Outreach to community members to educate about the program and engage if interested; Outreach to community members to educate about the program and engage if interested and recruiting businesses

Qualifications

Some college, minimum age 21 years

An ideal candidate will be excited about our mission; be comfortable in a youth-focused & designed environment and engaging with a variety of external community partners; and is passionate about the importance of equitable food access. The VISTA will have access to a variety of training opportunities related to the work of New Beginnings at no cost. Start date options include June 6, July 18, or Aug 15, 2022.

Salary

AmeriCorps VISTA Biweekly Stipend, Plus Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend upon completion of service.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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