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Rural Nutrition/Partner Agencies Volunteer Capacity Building VISTA Member

Company: Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin
Location: Madison
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Job Description:

About Second Harvest Foodbank: Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin is based in Madison, and serves a 16-county area with the mission of Ending Hunger in Southwestern Wisconsin. We are part of the Feeding America network of 200 food banks serving every county in our country. Madison is ranked in the top 25 for the most bike-friendly cities in the USA. Madison and southwestern Wisconsin is a wonderful place to live, with plenty of lakes, wonderful outdoor recreation and friendly people. About the AmeriCorps VISTA Program: Since 1965, over 220,000 AmeriCorps members in the VISTA program have joined the fight against poverty by helping local organizations expand their capacity to make change. The VISTA program serves in each of the 50 U.S. States and in all U.S. territories. Through Capacity building activities such as fundraising, grant writing, research, and volunteer recruitment, AmeriCorps Members in the VISTA program are able to gain experience and leadership skills. This opportunity prepares members for a life of service in the public, private, or nonprofit sector. Members serving in the AmeriCorps VISTA program serve full time for one-year terms. They build capacity in nonprofit organizations and public agencies to help them more effectively generate the commitment of private sector resources, encourage volunteer service at the local level, and empower individuals and communities. Members in the AmeriCorps VISTA program are eligible for a modest living allowance of $15,002 over the year of service to cover basic expenses, health insurance, professional development training, and an end of service education award, or an $1,800 cash stipend. For more information on the AmeriCorps VISTA program, please visit: Program Overview: A strong network of dedicated and innovative community partnerships is what's needed to end hunger in southwestern Wisconsin. We provide our partners with access to the tools, training, and resources Every year, Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin distributes millions of pounds of food to our network of partner agencies. Our partner agencies include emergency food pantries, senior meal sites, residential programs, soup kitchens, school pantries and children's nutrition programs. Position Summary/Job Duties: The Rural Nutrition/Partner Agencies VISTA Member will focus on building the capacity of rural partner agencies in the 14 mostly rural counties in our service area. Many of our partner agencies are run by an aging and sometimes technology-averse volunteer core. This VISTA member will help them identify and leverage support, training and resources needed to continue their success. The VISTA member will work in collaboration with staff and community partners to conduct a community assessment and create an assessment tool to help partner agencies determine their own strengths and weaknesses, as well as expand community engagement in an effort to recruit more volunteers and expand the community knowledge of rural food insecurity and hunger relief initiatives. They will also create materials and processes to assist rural pantries in the recruitment, training, and managing of volunteers. Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Ideal candidates will have experience conducting assessments, including through use of interviews, and with relationship building, as well as have strong listening skills. They should have the ability to work with a diverse scope of people, and be self-motivated, creative and proactive. They will be able to create solutions in collaboration with the stakeholder, not for the stakeholder. This position will give the candidate the opportunity to connect with community leaders and to build their community assessment and organizing skills. Our Values:

  • Integrity
  • Inclusive
  • Innovative
  • Leadership
  • Stewardship How to Apply: In order to ensure consideration, interested candidates will need to apply through the AmeriCorps website. The link to this position can be found here .

Keywords: Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, Madison , Rural Nutrition/Partner Agencies Volunteer Capacity Building VISTA Member, Other , Madison, Wisconsin

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