2022 Summer HungerCorps VISTA

START/END DATE: 6/13/2022 - 8/21/2022

United Way of King County is seeking 100 Summer Associate VISTA members to be a part of a team to end hunger in King County. We are seeking full- time members to be a part of United Way’s HungerCorps team, a team that is helping families and youth access nutritious foods where they live, learn, and play.

****NEW $500 POSITION BENEFIT – check out the benefits & compensation section below!

Position Title: 2022 Summer HungerCorps VISTA

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5/25/2022

United Way Overview: United Way of King County’s vision is to build a racially just community where people have homes, students graduate, and families are financially stable. United Way concentrates on issues that affect the most vulnerable and on which it can have measurable influence. Under our priority of breaking the cycle of poverty, we are committed to ensuring that families, especially families of color, have access to nutritious food.

Program Overview:

Summer can be an uncertain time for low-income families. When the school year ends, kids lose access to free and reduced-priced school meals, and many families are forced to make paychecks stretch further to cover additional food costs during the summer months.

The federal Free Summer Meals program alleviates summertime food insecurity by providing free meals in the places where kids live, learn, and play – from parks and community centers to apartment complexes and schools.

But families face many barriers to participating in this program, including stigma, lack of access to nearby meal sites, lack of program awareness, and limited culturally-relevant meal options. Prior to the pandemic, less than 20% of low-income youth in King County accessed free meals during the summer – and participation gaps were greatest in communities with large numbers of low-income, BIPOC families.

Your Role and the HungerCorps Team: The HungerCorps team is a passionate cohort of 100 direct service Summer Associate VISTA members working in partnership with food banks and community-based organizations to connect families with the food they need.

As a HungerCorps VISTA with United Way of King County, you will be assigned to a food bank or meals site, where you’ll use your skills and experience to support critical anti-hunger work. You will prepare and serve meals, pack boxes of food, engage with community members, & conduct grassroots community outreach to get the word out about available resources. You can expect to prepare meals or food boxes; distribute meals or groceries at apartment complexes, parks, community centers or food banks; manage meal distribution logistics, including maintaining federal program requirements; and build relationships with families and collect client feedback. You will gain experience working directly with the community. Training will be provided in site management, marketing, and data tracking – hard skills that will make your summer work influential on your resume.

Full training and certification provided. Serve in your community with placements in Seattle, Tukwila, Renton, Auburn, Kent, or Federal Way.


Benefits & Compensation

  • Bi-weekly stipend of $952.12, pre-tax
  • NEW BENEFIT: $500 bonus in addition to stipend when you successfully complete the position***
  • Eligible to receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award ($1,374.60), or a cash stipend ($345.80) after successful completion of your service term
  • Unlimited public transportation (ORCA) pass
  • Mileage reimbursement for travel between service sites, if required by your site placement
  • Receive a Food Handler’s Permit and other professional development trainings
  • Become part of the AmeriCorps Network and part of a high-impact team
  • Receive special consideration for United Way’s Full-Time AmeriCorps teams beginning Fall 2022

*By law, only AmeriCorps VISTA members who are either U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, or Lawful Permanent Resident Aliens—sometimes referred to as “Lawful Permanent Residents”—are eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Segal Education Award.  All other members will receive an end of service cash stipend.

Eligibility

  • At least 18 years of age
  • US citizen, US national, or lawful permanent residents, or persons legally residing in a state. Persons legally residing in a state include (but not limited to) those having the following legal residency classifications: refugee status, asylum or asylee status, temporary protected status, deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status. Unfortunately, F1 Visas are not sufficient.
  • Available full-time (40 hours per week) from June 13, 2022 to August 21, 2022
  • Must go through background checks

Desired Qualifications

  • Self-starters who are passionate about supporting their community and public service 
  • Experience working independently in high-energy environments
  • Flexible, resourceful, and adaptable
  • Ability to build relationships and effectively communicate information to a broad audience, including conducting outreach to parents, youth and other community members
  • Experience working with diverse populations and an ability to apply a racial equity lens towards anti-hunger work
  • Second language skill (especially Spanish, Somali, Amharic, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Russian, or Ukrainian) is highly desirable so that we can offer services to families in their preferred or native languages.
  • Consistent access to a personal vehicle is needed for some site placements. Members who travel between service sites will receive mileage reimbursement at IRS standard rates

Members will frequently move or lift boxes weighing up to 30 pounds. This position may frequently involve service in outdoor weather conditions, and may involve standing, walking, or moving around the service location for the duration of a shift. This position frequently communicates with staff and community members, and must be able to exchange accurate information.


Note on COVID-19: AmeriCorps service, including serving at a food bank or meals site, fills a critical need in our community and is considered essential work. This is a community-facing position, and members of our team will be required to serve on-site. In this position, you may have direct contact with other team members and members of the community. United Way has a COVID-19 Vaccine mandate for all employees, AmeriCorps members, and volunteers, and proof of vaccination will be required upon hire. We are eager to support you in having a safe and impactful AmeriCorps term.

Commitment to Equity in Hiring: Hunger and poverty disproportionately hurt the most marginalized people in society — including people of color, people from working class backgrounds, women, and people who identify as LGBTQ+. We believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do. We strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities.

To Apply: Create an application on My AmeriCorps Portal or click here: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?fromSearch=true&id=87769

  • No resume or cover letter is required.
  • The application process moves quickly, please expect a response within 1-2 days.
  • Please contact unitedwayamericorps@uwkc.org with any questions.