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CT Food Justice Project at New Haven Farms
About the Connecticut Food Justice VISTA Project
The Connecticut Food Justice VISTA Project is a partnership between non-profits throughoutthe state, each with one to two VISTA Members building the capacity of that organization.Together we strive for a multigenerational, racially and economically diverse group of leaders with the skills to move communities across Connecticut toward a just food system. With VISTA Member support, host sites commit to empowering their communities to have impact on food-related programs and services, and the food system in Connecticut as a whole. VISTA Members in the project will: 1. Participate in a collaborative forum for sharing best practices and curriculum among 11 project sites and 16 VISTA Members. 2. Build the capacity of each organization to empower under-represented populations 3. Create, expand and enhance the services offered by their host site by fundraising, managing volunteers, convening the community, surveying the community, enhancing awareness of food insecurity and injustice, and much more. University of Connecticut Extension, in partnership with some of the most effective and innovative nonprofit organizations in Connecticut, is coordinating the sixth year of this multi-site project beginning in August 2018.
New Haven Farms’ (NHF) mission is to promote health and community development through urban agriculture. NHF engages at-risk residents in growing food, cooking and nutrition education, and accessing healthy food through the 16-week Farm Based Wellness Program. The NHF’s VISTA will continue to build organizational capacity related to promoting health and community development through urban agriculture in low socioeconomic status (SES) New Haven neighborhoods. The VISTA will continue to strengthen our recruitment process to ensure consistent yearly enrollment in our summer Farm-Based Wellness Program (FBWP), support the FBWP by creating systems to ensure efficient and effective delivery on an annual basis, and develop our Community Health Ambassador (CHA) program as a pathway to becoming empowered community health workers. ***Service with CT-FJP at all our sites requires a minimum of 35 hours a week and can go above 40 hours dependent on site requirements***
Relocation Allowance, Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health Coverage*, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend, Stipend, Living Allowance, Training.
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
Permits attendance at school during off hours, Car recommended, Permits working at another job during off hours.
Community and Economic Development, Education, Community Outreach, Health, Environment, Hunger, Neighborhood Revitalization.
Urban Planning, Communications, General Skills, Leadership, Community Organization, Computers/Technology, Writing/Editing, Public Health, Non-Profit Management, Social Service, Recruitment, Team Work.