COVID-19 HungerCorps Associate (Full-Time)

START/END DATE: 9/13/2021 - 8/26/2022

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 09/07/2021 (apply ASAP – applicants reviewed and hired on a rolling basis)

START/END DATE: 9/13/2021 – 08/26/2022

Along with other benefits below, we are now offering an extra $1000 BONUS stipend with successful completion of service!

United Way Overview

United Way of King County’s vision is to build a 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 children, especially children of color, have access to nutritious food.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW:
United Way of King County’s vision is to build a community where people have homes, students graduate, and families are financially stable. As part of our work to end poverty, we are committed to ensuring that children, particularly children of color, have access to healthy food in the places where they live, learn, and play.

Everyone deserves access to nutritious and culturally relevant food, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, local experts estimate that hunger in our community tripled. Low-income families and families of color were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and are experiencing hunger at unprecedented rates. United Way is working to support an equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in our community, by developing and scaling high-impact strategies to reduce food insecurity. As a HungerCorps member, you will connect families with critical food resources, including school meals, food banks, and public benefits programs like Basic Food (SNAP) – with a particular focus on supporting communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.


As a HungerCorps member, you will serve with one or more of United Way’s partner organizations. Partner organizations during the 2021 – 2022 service year include:
• Tacoma Public Schools
• The YMCA of Greater Seattle
• United Way of King County – Door Dash Home Delivery Program
• Food banks in Seattle and South King County

MEMBER ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Partner with school districts, food banks, and other community-based organizations to develop and implement large-scale anti-hunger strategies, including grocery home delivery programs, alternative school breakfast models, and afterschool meals programs
• Build and sustain relationships with community members experiencing food insecurity and connect households to the appropriate community resources
• Collect feedback and implement change as a result of family and community feedback
• Assist families in enrolling in federal nutrition programs, including free and reduced-price school meals and Basic Food (SNAP)
• Manage confidential client data and track ongoing food security interventions
• Conduct outreach to connect families with their nearest food banks and meals sites
• Collect and share stories highlighting local successes in connecting families to food resources

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:
• Experience and passion for working with youth and families, particularly youth from low-income communities
• Experience working with diverse populations and an ability to apply a racial equity lens towards anti-hunger work
• Ability to build and sustain relationships and effectively communicate information to a broad audience

• Strong organizational skills, and the ability to collect and manage confidential client information
• Flexibility to balance the variety of service activities and resourcefulness to quickly solve problems or find solutions for community members
• 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
• Some site placements require regular access to a personal vehicle

We believe that the communities we serve must be centered in the work we do. People of color and people with experience accessing food resources are highly encouraged to apply.
Members will frequently move or lift boxes weighing up to 30 pounds. This position will involve service in outdoor weather conditions, and may involve standing, walking, or moving around the service location for up to four hours at a time.

BENEFITS AND COMPENSATION:

  • Monthly living allowance of $2,517 (pretax), paid bi-weekly
  • $6,345.00 Education Award upon successful completion of service
  • Loan deferment and payment of interest accrued during service year on qualified student loans (loans must be federally-backed; personal/private loans not eligible)
  • Noncompetitive eligibility for federal jobs for up to one year after completing service
  • Health benefits that meet the minimum standards of ACA compliance
  • Unlimited free transportation with a pre-paid ORCA Card
  • Childcare assistance
  • 10 days sick leave, 10 days personal leave, 9 federal holidays
  • Enrollment in an assistance program with 24-hour access to phone counseling
  • Professional work experience: learning a variety of disciplines by working with professionals and clients in the field
  • Monthly team meetings, high-quality training, professional development, and networking opportunities
  • Lifelong friends and colleagues who are passionate about service!

ELIGIBILITY:
• Must be between 18 and 25 years old on the first day of service
• Must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States. Unfortunately F1 visas are not sufficient.
• Must be available 40 hours per week through September 2022. Exact hours may vary by site placement, but will primarily be Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Must undergo a Washington State Patrol background check, FBI background check and National Sex Offender Registry Check, plus state of residence background check if not currently living in Washington


NOTICE TO APPLICANTS:
AmeriCorps service fills a critical need in our community and is considered essential work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In this role, you will primarily serve in-person and on-site, with some opportunities for remote service. United Way is following all guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the Washington State Department of Health regarding COVID-19 safety protocols. We are eager to support you in having a safe and impactful AmeriCorps term.

To Apply: Create an application on My AmeriCorps Portal or click here: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?fromSearch=true&id=105666

  • 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.