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AmeriCorps Vista worker

Posted: 11/18/2021

After the Harvest is hiring an AmeriCorps VISTA worker for 2022 to help with our mission of fighting hunger, improving nutrition, and reducing food waste in Kansas City.

After the Harvest rescues nutritious fruits and vegetables from going to waste and donates them to agencies that serve hungry people in the Greater Kansas City area. Our teams of volunteers glean after the harvest, picking what’s left in farmers’ fields and picking up already harvested leftover produce. Additionally, we divert semi-truckloads of donated produce that might otherwise end up in landfills and deliver this nutritious food to local food banks, food pantries, and community kitchens.

In conjunction with the UMKC Forward Social Justice and Community Engagement initiative, After the Harvest seeks a dynamic and passionate individual who shares our dedication to fighting hunger, improving nutrition, and reducing food waste. This position is ideal for someone looking to experience the range of responsibilities in a small but mighty nonprofit. The successful applicant will focus on community engagement with an emphasis on working closely with UMKC students, faculty, and staff. Additional duties will build on the strengths and interests of the candidate and may include grant writing and development, volunteer management and recruitment, gleaning, event planning, and data management and analysis. 

 

ELIGIBILITY:

  • Bachelors degree (or graduating 12/2021) 

  • Commit to working 32 hours per week for 12 months

  • Hold one of the following citizenship statuses: US citizen, US National, Lawful Permanent Resident Aliens, persons residing in a state that have the following legal residency classifications: refugee, asylum or asylee, temporary protected status, or deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status. 

 

To apply for this position, send resume and cover letter to info@aftertheharvestkc.org

Deadline: December 1, 2021

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In the Kansas City area, the projected impact of food insecurity this year alone is profound:

  • 323,660 people may be food insecure due to the pandemic.
    That’s 12.4 percent of the area population, or one in eight people. 

  • For children, 99,360 may be food insecure due to the pandemic.
    That’s 16 percent of children under age 18, or one in six children

 

Our Core Values:

  • Mission-Driven – We work together based on our shared beliefs that no healthy food should be wasted and no one should be hungry. 

  • Dignity – Access to nourishing food is a right, not a luxury. Hunger is unacceptable.

  • Collaboration – Collaboration is essential to achieve our goals.

  • Sustainability – We implement sustainable, common sense, efficient solutions that reduce food waste and hunger.

  • Diversity – We provide an inclusive environment that embraces the diversity of individuals, thoughts and viewpoints.

  • Integrity – We are transparent, trustworthy and committed to ethical and professional accountability in the management of our operations, resources and relationships.

For more information about After the Harvest, visit our website: aftertheharvestkc.org.

 

The AmeriCorps program provides an opportunity for individuals of all ages and backgrounds to give their time and talent to strengthen communities. AmeriCorps workers grow personally and professionally, building new skill sets that they can take with them wherever they go.

Education awards are available to AmeriCorps members, as well as a modest stipend, supplemental health insurance, loan deferment, and childcare. (Benefits vary by program.)

For more information about the AmeriCorps VISTA program, see https://americorps.gov/serve/fit-finder/americorps-vista

Job Type: Full Time