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Employer / Name of Business: 
AMERICORPS VISTA Rotary First Harvest
Contact person: 
Benjamin Rasmus, HAH Program Director
Hourly Pay Rate: 
$0.00 per hour
Job Title: 
Summer VISTA Associate Gleaning Coordinator #35
Job Description: 
Title: Summer VISTA Associate Gleaning Coordinator Description: Galvanize interest and support of local food banks and gleaning efforts Status: Stipend Volunteer Position Reports to: Host Site Supervisor Commitment: 10 weeks, 40 hours per week, June 10 to August 16, 2013 Application Process: Please send resume and cover letter to Application Due Date: May 3, 2013 Please contact Benjamin Rasmus, HAH Program Director for more information: 206-236-0408
Additional Comments: 
Project Background Harvest Against Hunger (HAH), a program of Rotary First Harvest, connects local growers, food banks and volunteers to secure fresh produce for distribution to thousands of people throughout Washington State. HAH finds new and innovative ways to decrease waste of fresh fruits and vegetables and increase the availability of nutritious produce for food bank clients. HAH currently partners with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to place AmeriCorps*VISTA members at hunger relief organizations to start or continue existing produce recovery projects. Now in its third year, HAH currently has 10 AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteers placed at host sites to work on produce recovery projects. The Summer VISTA Associate program will enhance the existing HAH VISTA project by providing individuals who will work in an intensive level of summer service for 10 weeks. The SVAs will work to support existing food banks with gleaning efforts. Host Site Information Northwest Harvest in Yakima works with 51 food banks and feeding programs in central Washington. Being an area with abundance of agriculture, the VISTA will coordinate gleaning events with the orchardist or farmer, volunteers who will harvest the produce and then arrange the return of the product to the warehouse or food bank for distribution. The VISTA will work in collaboration with the Northwest Harvest staff and volunteers from the community to capture as much fresh produce as possible during this time. The VISTA will be working within existing relationships built by previous VISTAs as well as introduce new possibilities of contacts. During this time there would be opportunities for harvesting cherries, blueberries, stone fruit and row crops.   Desired Qualifications • Interest in and ability to work with people from a variety of racial, cultural and economic backgrounds, with various lifestyles, sexual orientations, and ages • Knowledge and/or experience with the nonprofit community • Background working with civic and/or volunteer organizations • Highly organized and self-directed • Strong interpersonal skills and public speaking ability • Ability to work independently, but in collaboration with several other groups • Ability to juggle many different projects simultaneously, and prioritize as needed • Commitment to diversity, innovation and community-building • Ability to work weekends and evenings during the harvest season (with time off in exchange) • Ability to work in an office as well as an outdoor environment, including working in hot or cold conditions • Comfort with web based social networking technology • Experience with gardening and agriculture a plus Basic eligibility criteria: • Associates must be at least 18 years of age at the time of placement • Associates must serve on a full-time basis during the project period • Associates may not have outside employment during the project period • Associates must not be listed on the National Sex Offenders Public Registry • Applicants must complete the oath on their first day of service to their term. Benefits 1. Associates receive a living allowance for the time served, which is equal to the amount received by full-year members serving in the same area. Monthly stipends: King and Snohomish $1069, Clark $946, all other counties $928. 2. A $1,174.60 Eli Segal AmeriCorps Education Award from the National Service Trust or a $125/month summer stipend. 3. Associates do not receive: • Health care • Life insurance • Child care allowances • Relocation allowances
Work Study: 
Non-Work Study
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Number of Students Needed: 

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