Gardens Project Champion NCO Gardens Project
- Date Posted November 08, 2018
- Location Ukiah, CA
- Category Agriculture / Nonprofit
- Job Type Full-Time
North Coast Opportunities, Inc. (NCO) is the Community Action Agency that serves Lake and Mendocino Counties, as well as parts of Humboldt, Sonoma, Del Norte, and Solano Counties. NCO was established in 1968 as part of President Johnson's War on Poverty, with the mission of assisting low-income and disadvantaged people to become self-reliant. NCO provides a safety net of emergency assistance, employment, and training services for low-income individuals and families.
The Caring Kitchen Project in Mendocino County, a Ceres Community Project affiliate, provides nutritious meals delivered to the homes of families struggling with the challenges of cancer. The meals are prepared by volunteer teen chefs-in-training under the guidance of the Caring Kitchen Project’s chef, and draw from primarily plant-based recipes originally created by the Ceres Community Project in Sebastopol, CA.
The Caring Kitchen Project provides opportunities for youth to develop culinary skills, nutrition knowledge, and job readiness skills under the direction of a chef, and in collaboration with adult volunteer mentors. Cooking and sharing food creates and strengthens a sense of community, and the act of preparing and providing food to cancer survivors and their families empowers teen volunteers.
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The VISTA member will work with an existing community garden network to build capacity and enhance sustainability of the gardens and program. They’ll develop resources for garden leaders to ensure effective management of community gardens and will work with the leaders to strengthen their management teams and set up systems of communication and idea sharing between all garden leaders. They’ll collaborate with the Mendocino Gardens Project VISTA to develop a fundraising plan to raise money for garden scholarships, garden development and workshops. They’ll recruit and manage volunteers for ongoing garden development and support. Along with the Mendocino Gardens Project VISTA, they will be responsible for outreach and promotion of the program through social media and will be instrumental in helping brainstorm and implement projects that tell the stories of our gardeners and importance of our program. Lastly, the VISTA will be assisting with setup of a data management system and the creation of systems for efficient and accurate data collection and analysis. This position will be based part time out of our Ukiah office and part time out of our Clearlake office.
Service term: April 15 2019- April 14 2020
Benefits include: biweekly living allowance, education award upon successful completion of service, training, relocation allowance, health coverage, childcare assistance if eligible, choice of education award or end of service stipendCompensation this position is PAID: stipend How to apply