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AmeriCorps Food Pantry Caseworker

Christian Appalachian Project
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Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) AmeriCorps members commit to direct Service, intentional Community, and Spirituality/reflection in Appalachian Kentucky. Food pantry Caseworkers serve in teams with other CAP volunteers, employees, participants, and volunteers from the local community to serve the walk-in food need of families and organize monthly government commodities distributions to the elderly.

Service Activities

• Provides day to day operations of the Grateful Bread food pantry to include:
--Maintains food for the Pantry through several resources – God’s Food Pantry, Operation Sharing, donations, and purchasing through local grocery stores.
--Maintains daily stock on shelves to ensure adequate food supply for families to choose from.

• Prepares backpacks of food to be distributed to schools on a weekly basis.

• Maintains accurate records of food basket distribution in compliance with God’s Food Pantry, Federal commodities, and Christian Appalachian Project.

• Provides statistical information in compliance with God’s Food Pantry and Christian Appalachian Project.

• Serves in other CAP and AmeriCorps programs when doing so does not interfere with the above duties.

• Participates in additional training and enrichment opportunities as assigned.

Community Need Addressed

Food insecurity in rural, low-income counties.

Position Outcomes

Corps members will increase food security of participants.

Benefits

Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Housing, Relocation allowance (if applicable), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training

All food and housing is provided for members who choose to live in community. The stipend ("living allowance") is $115 bi-weekly for members who live in community and $235 bi-weekly for members who live independently.

Education Benefits

GED/High School Diploma

CPR, First Aid

Skills you will gain

CPR, First Aid, casework, communication, conflict resolution

Competencies You Will Develop
Communication
Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Lead group discussion, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others, Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner
Creativity & Problem Solving
Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise, Provide relevant expertise
Teamwork
Derive consensus, Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Stay positive and outcome oriented, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Decisions
Accepts responsibility, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them, Quickly respond with a back-up plan if a decision goes amiss
Planning
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Set goals
Service
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Evaluate customer or client satisfaction, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment
  • Activity Types Hands On Activities
  • Focus Areas Economic Security, Health & Nutrition
  • Length of Service 12 Months
  • Education Requirements High School Graduate
  • Placement Team Placement
  • Service Setting Community-based Nonprofit, Homeless Shelter, Soup Kitchen, or Food Bank, Religious Organization
  • Weekly Training Hours 2

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