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Campus Compact Food Security AmeriCorps VISTA Member

Help make Kenosha more equitable for those facing food insecurity. Join UW-Parkside and Shalom
Center’s Food Pantry to fight hunger and promote self-sufficiency for college students and community members.
Contact Debra Karp, Director of Community and Business Engagement at UW-Parkside, karp@uwp.edu, 262 595-2208 for information on how to apply. Deadline July 8, 2022.

Position Title: Campus Compact Food Security AmeriCorps VISTA Member
Serving at: UW-Parkside and Shalom Center, Food Security Project, Kenosha, Wisconsin
Position Status: Full Time (35hr/wk)
Service Term:
August 15, 2022 - August 14, 2023 or
August 29, 2022 - August 28, 2023

Summary
The Food Security VISTA will address food security among students at UW-Parkside and in the surrounding community by evaluating current program effectiveness, building partnerships volunteer support, generating resources, and devising inclusive outreach strategies for under-served community members. This will be implemented at the University and local Shalom Center Food Pantry in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Responsibilities
  • Conduct research and train staff to evaluate equity and success of the Shalom Center food programs, as well as the satisfaction of food program clients by collecting and analyzing data and feedback from clients and partners.
  • Prepare a report and presentation of research and recommendations for stakeholders.
  • Design and implement a culturally appropriate and targeted plan to increase awareness of Shalom Center and other food resources in the Kenosha Community, including low-income Parkside students
  • Develop a strategy/plan (with stakeholders) to provide greater access to emergency food for UW-Parkside students and identify resources to support it. (possibly a campus food pantry)
  • Cultivate partnerships to access and promote food security resources (federal, state and local resources) for UW-Parkside students and recruit student volunteers to sustain this effort.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Excellent writing, public speaking and digital media skills
  • Research and/or program evaluation skills—survey question development, interviewing, secondary source research
  • Collaboration and partnership development experience
  • Ability to coordinate and align several tasks at one time
  • Strong initiative and ability to work independently
  • Marketing and communication skills
  • Experience working with diverse populations and those facing deep-poverty
  • Ability to speak/write in Spanish 

Requirements
  • Licensed driver, access to a personal vehicle

Stipend and Benefits Provided by AmeriCorps and Campus Compact
● Bi-weekly living allowance of $575.40
● End of service award* (AmeriCorps member must choose one of two options)
○           Segal AmeriCorps Education Award ($6,495)
○           End-of-Service Cash Stipend ($1,803.10)
● Relocation stipend for candidates moving more than 50 miles ($750)
● Mileage reimbursement for candidate moving more than 50 miles ($0.40/mile)
● Healthcare benefits (AmeriCorps member must choose one of two options)
○           Healthcare allowance for out-of-pocket expenses
○           Basic healthcare coverage
● 10 Days Personal Leave
● 10 Days Sick Leave
● 14 Days Holiday Leave
● Child care assistance for children under 13 years of age**
● Student loan forbearance or deferment (depending on lender)
● 1 year of noncompetitive eligibility for federal positions*
● Access to professional development opportunities provided by Campus Compact & AmeriCorps
Additional Benefits Provided by UW-Parkside and Shalom Center
● On-campus housing in residence hall, if desired
● Lunch and Dinner at Shalom Center Soup Kitchen during the week, food pantry available if qualifications apply
*Contingent on the successful completion of a whole term of service
**Household income restrictions apply
● Opportunities to attend free professional development and training opportunities on campus and in community