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Food Access VISTA
Please consider this exciting opportunity to contribute to our mission, gain valuable work experience and receive a small living allowance all at the same time.
All United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley AmeriCorps VISTA assignments will expand capacity towards population level goals across the region. UWGLV strives to create population level change in areas of education, food access, healthy aging and emergency services to ensure individuals who experience crisis have the supports they need to rebound. The UWGLV VISTA project focuses on strengthening the networks of providers that deliver services to address concerns and through working with UWGLV staff they support the efforts across all four-issue areas. VISTAs address issues at the programmatic and system levels seeking to identify and deal with the root causes by utilizing the collective impact framework. An AmeriCorps VISTA assignment is a federal volunteer opportunity for which you commit to a year of service and receive a living allowance. Participants must be 18 years of age and have a combination of community service and/or equivalent college experience. They receive an end-of-service stipend or education award, health coverage, training, a relocation allowance, a living allowance and childcare assistance if eligible. The work is full-time; VISTAs are permitted to do paid part-time work during their assignment to supplement their income. Our AmeriCorps VISTAs work closely with our community impact team, assignments are based in our UW office, school districts, partner agencies and community schools.

Service Opportunity Description
The Food Access VISTA will provide support to the Lehigh Valley Food Policy Council to identify key stakeholders, work to network them, assist in building a knowledge base, and connect residents to economic opportunity in the food system for overcoming barriers in food access, food recovery, and the policies that affect that access. The VISTA will engage in the following activities: Assist with LV Food Policy Council Working Group development: Renewing leadership, expanding outreach. Food Access Work Group, Food Recovery & Respect Work Group, Community Farms & Gardens Work Group Assist with organizational and community level outreach. This feeds into Objective 1, but adds the layer of overall LVFPC outreach, sharing the outcomes. Social Media and Community Engagement. Identify methods and train community members, partners and staff on processes for social media engagement to increase LVFPC public awareness.
This assignment is full-time and requires a 1 year commitment. The position is based at United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley. For more information, please contact Jennifer Nicolosi, Asst. Director, AmeriCorps Programs at