UGA Campus Kitchen AmeriCorps VISTA University of Georgia VISTA Network
- Date Posted December 14, 2018
- Location Athens, GA
- Category Education / Nonprofit
- Job Type Full-Time
About AmeriCorps VISTA:
The AmeriCorps Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) program places passionate individuals in a year-long, full-time position to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. They focus their efforts to build the organizational capacity of organizations that improve health and educational services, reduce food insecurity, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities. AmeriCorps VISTAs are full-time, year-long volunteers and are compensated with a small living allowance (less than $1,000/month), health care benefits, a relocation allowance, and an end-of-term education grant or stipend. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review AmeriCorps VISTA terms of service at https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-vista Job Description
About Campus Kitchen:
The Campus Kitchen at UGA spotlights sustainable solutions to hunger and food waste and showcases a mutually beneficial university-community partnership. Campus Kitchen runs a food recovery and redistribution enterprise led by UGA students that transforms unused food into meals and groceries for delivery to older adults and human service agencies in Athens, GA.
Campus Kitchen’s work results in equipped, connected and inspired student change-makers, clients receiving nourishment and fellowship through the revealed power of food, and our community growing in our understanding of the systemic challenges facing older adults and our food system. The Campus Kitchen at UGA is an affiliate of the Campus Kitchens Project, and was the first Campus Kitchen to open in Georgia in 2012. The Campus Kitchen at UGA remains centrally focused on combating senior hunger, and is a member of the Athens Senior Hunger Coalition. Learn about us at www.ckuga.org.
The Campus Kitchen AmeriCorps VISTA member will focus on growing the program’s capacity to serve food-insecure seniors by strengthening volunteer recruitment, training, and recognition procedures and sustain partnerships with volunteer organizations. The VISTA will leverage resources to invest in student leader training and outreach education, and improve existing fundraising efforts. The VISTA will raise awareness about issues of senior hunger and the efforts of the Athens Senior Hunger Coalition through public outreach events and media content development to inspire others to action.
Knowledge, Skills, Competencies Preferred:
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Ability to work collaboratively with community partners
Experience managing and recruiting volunteers
Food service or culinary experience
Programming or education experience related to food security or nutrition
Professional, personal or academic interest in gerontology, public health, or food security
Understanding of food safety issues and controls
Knowledge of grant writing and fundraising methods
Knowledge of principles of service-learning and community engagement
Ability to work independently on complex tasks
Access to a personal vehicle
Ability to lift 50 pounds