Alimentando al Pueblo Food Justice HungerCorps

START/END DATE: 6/17/2024 - 1/12/2025

PROGRAM OVERVIEW:

United Way of King County is working side by side with communities to build an equitable future for everyone by ensuring that everyone has access to resources, quality education, enough to eat, and a safe place to call home. 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.

Everyone deserves access to nutritious and culturally relevant food, but hunger in our community continues to rise. Low-income families and families of color are experiencing hunger at unprecedented rates. United Way is working to fight this by developing and scaling high-impact strategies to reduce food insecurity. As a Food Justice HungerCorps member, you will support projects that fight poverty by increasing the sustainability of the emergency food distributions that began during the COVID-19 pandemic, which have primarily supported low-income and BIPOC individuals.

The Food Justice AmeriCorps team is a dynamic cohort of AmeriCorps members working in partnership with United Way staff and community-based organizations to connect families with the food they need. The Alimentando al Pueblo Food Justice HungerCorps member will serve directly with Alimentando al Pueblo, a community building organization that emerged out of the COVID-19 pandemic. This member will be joining a team ensuring that culturally relevant foods are readily available in the Highline Service Areas Latinx Community.

MEMBER ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop marketing materials and an outreach strategy to support agency in reaching new clients, with a particular focus on BIPOC individuals and households with children under 18
  • Build and sustain relationships with community members experiencing food insecurity and connect households to the appropriate community resources, including Basic Food and school meals.
  • Provide technical assistance and capacity building support to community organizations including material and toolkit development
  • Develop systems to collect stories highlighting local successes in connecting families to food resources
  • Support organization in developing additional partnerships to sustain and/or expand food security efforts.
  • Manage confidential client data and track ongoing food security interventions
  • Develop volunteer recruitment practices to support assigned agency’s direct service activities.

Position Length: June 17, 2024 – January 12, 2025

Benefits & Compensation:

  • Bi-weekly stipend of $1,303.70 (pre-tax)
  • $4,382.22 Education Award
  • Loan deferment and payment of interest accrued during service year on qualified student loans (loans must be federally-backed; personal/private loans not eligible)
  • Health benefits that meet the minimum standards of ACA compliance
  • Childcare assistance
  • 5 days sick leave, 5 days personal leave plus 9 federal holidays
  • Enrollment in an assistance program with 24-hour access to phone counseling
  • Access to emergency assistance program to mitigate unforeseen financial emergencies that put your continued participation in AmeriCorps service at risk
  • Monthly team meetings, high-quality training, professional development, and networking opportunities
  • Lifelong friends and colleagues who are passionate about service!

Professional Development Benefits:

  • Robust professional development to support your personal, professional, and service goals and growth
  • Skills to be gained include but not limited to: Interpersonal and Intercultural communication, community outreach, adaptability, relationship building, conflict management, customer service, resource navigation, data entry, knowledge of WA public benefits, knowledge of inner workings of non-profits and community college systems
  • Career development trainings provided by UWKC AmeriCorps team
  • Previous trainings include: How to Network, Resume Workshops, Mock Interviews, How to make your LinkedIn Profile Shine
  • Networking opportunities within United Way and Community Partners

As a member of this cohort, you will be supported with a robust orientation, ongoing professional development opportunities, training, check-ins, and the tools and resources you need to succeed.

What We’re Looking For:

  • Hunger and poverty disproportionately affect people who identify with multiple intersections of marginality—including people that identify as Black, Native, POC, queer, trans, disabled, first generation, etc. We believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage those that identify with these communities to apply
  • Understanding of systemic racism and commitment to anti-racist work to ensure outputs are relevant and accessible to community members
  • Spanish language skills highly preferred
  • Flexibility and quick problem-solving skills to balance the variety of service activities and any potential shift in program priorities
  • Experience working on multiple projects at once and ability to self-manage
  • Ability to communicate clearly with staff members, partners, and AmeriCorps members
  • Ability to build and maintain collaborative relationships with team, partners, and community members.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills including public speaking skills

AmeriCorps Program Eligibility:

  • Must be over 18 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. 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
  • High school diploma/GED

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.