United Way of King County’s vision is to build a community where people have homes, students graduate, and families are financially stable. As part of our work to end poverty, we are committed to ensuring that children, particularly children of color, have access to healthy food in the places where they live, learn, and play.
Everyone deserves access to nutritious and culturally relevant food, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, local experts estimate that hunger in our community tripled. Low-income families and families of color were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and are experiencing hunger at unprecedented rates. United Way is working to support an equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in our community, by developing and scaling high-impact strategies to reduce food insecurity.
You will join a dynamic cohort of direct service AmeriCorps members working in partnership with United Way staff, AmeriCorps VISTAs, school districts, and community-based organizations to connect families with the food they need. As a Food Access Associate at Tacoma Public Schools, you will work across the district to support, grow, and shape their meal programs to reach as many students as possible.
MEMBER ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Partner with Washington’s fourth largest school district to implement innovative school meal programs
- Support schools in implementing federal nutrition programs to increase student access to meals, such as breakfast after the bell
- Engage with school-level staff throughout the district and support individual schools onsite
- Support communication efforts with schools across the district
- Conduct outreach to families to build awareness around available meal programs
- Gather data and assist with maximizing food access across the district
- Develop systems to collect stories highlighting local successes in connecting families and students to food resources
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:
- We believe that the communities we serve must be centered in the work we do. People of color and people with experience accessing food resources are highly encouraged to apply
- Experience and passion for working with youth and families, particularly youth from low-income communities
- Experience working with diverse populations and an ability to apply a racial equity lens towards anti-hunger work
- Ability to build and sustain relationships and effectively communicate information to a broad audience
- Strong organizational skills, and the ability to collect and manage confidential client information
- Flexibility to balance the variety of service activities and resourcefulness to quickly solve problems or find solutions for community members
- Second language skill (especially Spanish, Somali, Amharic, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Russian, or Ukrainian) is highly desirable so that we can offer services to families in their preferred or native languages
This is a full-time position and members will serve approximately 40 hours per week for the duration of their service term. Members will frequently move or lift boxes weighing up to 30 pounds. This position will involve service in outdoor weather conditions, and may involve standing, walking, or moving around the service location for up to four hours at a time.
AmeriCorps Program Eligibility:
- Must be over 18 years old on the first day of service
- Must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States. Unfortunately, F1 visas are not sufficient.
- Must be available 40 hours per week through August 2023. Exact hours may vary by site placement, but will primarily be Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Must undergo a Washington State Patrol background check, FBI background check and National Sex Offender Registry Check, plus state of residence background check if not currently living in Washington
- Per United Way of King County Policy, AmeriCorps members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the first day of service. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. If you are a selected candidate, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you need information on medical or religious accommodation.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
BENEFITS AND COMPENSATION:
- Bi-weekly stipend of $1222.37 (pre-tax)
- $250 monthly housing stipend
- $6495 Education Award upon successful completion of service
- Additional $1000 completion bonus from UWKC upon successful completion of service
- Loan deferment and payment of interest accrued during service year on qualified student loans (loans must be federally-backed; personal/private loans not eligible)
- Noncompetitive eligibility for federal jobs for up to one year after completing service
- Health benefits that meet the minimum standards of ACA compliance
- Unlimited free transportation with a pre-paid ORCA Card
- Childcare assistance
- 10 days sick leave, 10 days personal leave plus 11 federal holidays
- Enrollment in an assistance program with 24-hour access to phone counseling
- Access to emergency assistance program to mitigate unforeseen financial emergencies that put your continued participation in AmeriCorps service at risk
- Monthly team meetings, high-quality training, professional development, and networking opportunities
- Lifelong friends and colleagues who are passionate about service!
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT BENEFITS:
- Robust professional development to support your personal, professional, and service goals and growth
- Skills to be gained include but not limited to: Interpersonal and Intercultural communication, community outreach, adaptability, relationship building, conflict management, customer service, resource navigation, data entry, knowledge of WA public benefits, knowledge of inner workings of non-profits and community college systems
- One time $100 Professional Development stipend
- Optional career development trainings provided by UWKC AmeriCorps team
- Previous trainings include: How to Network, Resume Workshops, Mock Interviews, How to make your LinkedIn Profile Shine
- Networking opportunities within United Way and Community Partners
- Optional Certifications: Mental Health First Aid, Food Handler’s Permit (Required by sites with Food Pantries)
As a member of this cohort, you will be supported with a robust orientation, ongoing professional development opportunities, training, check-ins, and the tools and resources you need to succeed. Members will walk away from their year of service with an understanding of on-the-ground food security work as well as a deep knowledge of anti-hunger strategies, federal meal programs, and increasing food access across the community.
English, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese
Subject to criminal background check