Experience the Local Food Culture
Additional links:Local Food Project for Organizations Local Food Project Overview
Are you looking for an experience that can change your life for the better?
The Local Food AmeriCorps Project
Nonprofits and government agencies in central Missouri need full-time AmeriCorps or AmeriCorps VISTA members to connect people of all ages/economic classes with the benefits of local food.
MRCN matches AmeriCorps and VISTA members with these organizations.
- Recruit volunteers
- Lead educational programs
- Write grants
- Create public awareness for their programs
- Develop lasting, valuable relationships between nonprofits in their communities
Becoming an AmeriCorps or VISTA member is not an official job, but rather a full-time, one-year commitment to national service.
- Professional experiences in the nonprofit sector
- $11,100 — $12,100 yearly living allowance (taxable income paid every two weeks)
- $5,500 Education Award (to be used for student loans or continuing education expenses. Education Award is transferable to AmeriCorps member’s children or grandchildren).
- Limited health coverage
- Relocation Allowance (VISTAs only; $500 arrival, $500 departure)
- Childcare assistance (if eligible)
- Non-competitive eligibility for federal government jobs (VISTAs only. Eligibility begins one year from completion of VISTA’s service year)
- Housing is not typically provided, but MRCN can assist a prospective member’s search for accommodations.
- AmeriCorps VISTAs only: VISTA members are not permitted to have a second job, but they are allowed to attend classes if their supervisor agrees.
MRCN’s Local Food AmeriCorps Project in Five Steps
Step 1. The Missouri River Communities Network finds AmeriCorps Sponsors. Sponsors are nonprofits or government agencies across mid-Missouri seeking workers to connect their organization with the local food movement.
Step 3. Newly-recruited AmeriCorps members are trained for three days at a national Pre-Service Orientation (PSO) by the Corporation for National Community Service.
Step 4. MRCN provides one to four days of training for new AmeriCorps members. This training covers the Local Food Project in its entirety, as well as grant writing tips and regional resources for living in mid-Missouri.
Step 5. The AmeriCorps begins regular duties for his or her nonprofit sponsor.
Please contact Steve Johnson, MRCN’s Local Food AmeriCorps Project Director.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgMissouri River Communities Network 200 Old 63 South; Ste 203 Columbia, MO, 65201