VISTA position available
Beginning June 8, 2015 – One-year term
Indy Hunger Network Nutrition Programs
The Indy Hunger Network (IHN) is a coalition of anti-hunger organizations in Indianapolis. Its mission is to create a sustainable system that ensures anyone who is hungry can access the nutritious food they need. IHN works to:
- Foster collaboration and build on the capabilities of the major food-providing community organization
- Identify opportunities to make the food system work better for hungry people
- Establish projects to make improvements
- Monitor health of overall food system
- Create awareness of hunger and how to address it
Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) Duties:
The VISTA will work on a variety of projects simultaneously throughout the service term.
1) Work with community partners to evaluate a pilot program regarding senior hunger and determine the need to replicate the program within other neighborhoods.
2) Work with a team of marketing professionals to develop an economical and sustainable approach to reaching mothers and expectant women who could benefit from the Women, Infants, and Children program.
3) Learn about and evaluate IHN’s awareness campaign for the summer meal program which will be in progress at the beginning of the VISTA’s term. VISTA will evaluate the inaugural mini-grant program, then, lead the planning for the 2016 summer efforts.
4) Conduct a pilot program with one school to test IHN’s macro system efforts at the local level. Develop a project outline and charter with the school will guide the project.
Finally, the VISTA will contribute to the assessment of each project for overall improvement of the food assistance system.
VISTA members placed at IHN work directly with the Board President and will develop partnerships with non-profit and government entities to expand access to healthy food. VISTA members are integral to the entire project development process, working to research, develop, plan, implement and evaluate nutrition assistance. VISTA members will gain extensive valuable experience in community development and public health, working with a variety of partners.
While all projects provide opportunity to work collaboratively with food assistance professionals, a great amount of time is spent working independently. The VISTA must be self-motivated, disciplined, exhibit strong communication skills and be a creative thinker.
Program Benefits: Stipend, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend, Training, Health Coverage
Terms: Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
To apply for this position, visit https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=58877&fromSearch=true