AmeriCorps VISTA Member Sought in Washington County

 

In partnership with Hunger Free America, the Preble Street Maine Hunger Initiative is seeking full-time AmeriCorps VISTA members to combat hunger and poverty in Maine through the Anti-Hunger & Opportunity Corps project. AmeriCorps VISTAs work to increase access to USDA federal nutrition programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the School Breakfast Program, and the Summer Meals Program. VISTAs will also work to improve access to nutritious food options by enhancing awareness of utilization of SNAP benefits at farmers’ markets and increasing participation in local community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs such as Senior FarmShare. Two slots are open for this 12-month, 40-hour per week VISTA position beginning mid-Febuary 2017 at Healthy Acadia’s Machias office. The deadline for applications is December 28th.

 The Anti-Hunger & Opportunity Corps is an AmeriCorps VISTA project sponsored by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Walmart Foundation, and managed by Hunger Free America. Established in 2010, its primary goal is to help build the capacity of nonprofit organizations nationwide to enable more eligible individuals and families to fight hunger while empowering them to achieve long-term financial security.

 The AmerCorps VISTA program offers a bi-weekly living allowance of $453 (before taxes) and a $5,775 education award or $1,500 cash stipend available upon completion of service. Applicants ideally have knowledge of hunger and poverty issues, government benefit programs, and the charitable food system as well as some experience with or knowledge of volunteerism and fundraising. The ideal applicant will be a highly organized and detail-oriented team player who works well independently. Access to a vehicle, good computer and communication skills are also required.

 Interested applicants should send a résumé and cover letter by December 28, 2016 to: Healthy Acadia at regina@healthyacadia.org.  For questions, please call Regina at (207) 255-3741 ext 104.