About the Role
This role focuses on improving funding development efforts to sustain education and outreach programs. Key activities include relationship building with current and potential partners, farmers, and community members. You will be responsible for gathering information on past and current revenue streams to analyze and evaluate; and will collaborate with management to create a plan to increase funding to expand Co-op services, programming, and reach. Funding plans are expected to include grant writing, fundraisers, hosting community events, and more. You will also receive training on project management and communication systems essential to developing and maintaining relationships with Co-op stakeholders.
BENEFITS AND COMPENSATION
The Program Resource Standard VISTA will earn a biweekly living allowance totaling $17,600 over the entire year, and is eligible for a post-service benefit of either the Segal education award (Currently $6,500 - equal to the value of a full semester Pell Grant) or a cash alternative ($1,800).
VISTAs are also eligible for over $8,000 in supplemental medical benefits, a childcare subsidy, paid sick and vacation days, and Noncompetitive Eligibility when applying for federal employment for 1 year after completing service.
Having prior knowledge of or an interest in food systems, community engagement, and food justice will ensure you suit these responsibilities and thrive in this environment. This position will also require excellent time management, self-motivation, and adaptability to new situations and tasks.
About the Organization
***This position has been filled for the 2022-23 cohort year. It will reopen in spring/summer of 2023 for a start date in late August of 2023. We look forward to staying in touch with interested applicants, and please feel free to look into our other positions!
As a CFS Standard VISTA Member, you will serve among a cohort of Community Food Security (CFS) VISTA members throughout Iowa, sponsored by the Center for Energy & Environmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa, and will have frequent opportunities to share knowledge within this community through regular cohort-wide meetings and site visits. In addition to all standard AmeriCorps VISTA benefits, you will engage regularly with thought leaders in local food via the Cedar Valley Regional Food & Farm Network and Regional Food Systems Working Group, in addition to being invited to professional development opportunities coordinated by a VISTA Leader in your cohort.
We Arose Co-op is a local food cooperative dedicated to elevating urban farming cooperation by building community and increasing access to healthy food options through education and outreach. We work with local farmers, social enterprises, and community members to operate a series of community educational outreach programs. The primary program, Greens to Go, is a local food outreach program focused on increasing access to affordable, locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables in historically underserved Waterloo neighborhoods through outreach efforts consisting of mobile produce stands, home deliveries, and farmers' markets.
This program is designed to improve access to fresh, affordable produce in underserved Waterloo neighborhoods primarily through our Greens to Go local food outreach program. You will assist in building capacity of the co-op by identifying program needs and securing resources to sustain our urban farming, community engagement, and outreach operations.