Mercy Housing Northwest and United Way of King County are partnering together and seeking a team of full-time Summer HungerCorps Associates to end hunger in King County. This team will help families and youth access nutritious food during the summer months.
MERCY HOUSING OVERVIEW:
Mercy Housing is redefining affordable, low-income housing. We’re a national nonprofit organization that is working to build a more humane world where communities are healthy, and all people can develop their full potential.
Mercy Housing is one of the nation’s largest affordable housing organizations. We participate in the development, preservation, management and/or financing of affordable, program-enriched housing across the country. We acquire and renovate existing housing, as well as develop new affordable rental properties.
UNITED WAY OVERVIEW:
United Way of King County's vision is to build a community where people have homes, students graduate, and families are financially stable. United Way concentrates on issues that affect the most vulnerable and on which it can have measurable influence. Under our priority of breaking the cycle of poverty, we are committed to ensuring that families, especially families of color, have access to nutritious food.
Access to good food and supportive relationships shouldn't end when school is out. In King County, 100,000 low-income children and teenagers rely on free or discounted meals during the school year, but only 1 in 5 of them access locally served free meals during the summer. Additionally, since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, local leaders estimate that hunger in our community has tripled. Low-income families and families of color have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and are experiencing hunger at unprecedented rates.
The Summer Food Service Program (Summer Meals) is a critical resource to ensure that children continue to have access to summer nutrition supports. National studies show that summer meals programs increase food security, reduce susceptibility to chronic diseases, and mitigate summer learning loss for children from low-income families – but prior to the pandemic, less than 15% of low-income youth in King County accessed Summer Meals programs each year. This is due to preventable barriers – including too few sites, lack of awareness about the program, and a lack of activities and incentives to engage kids and teens.
This Summer HungerCorps Associate will be part of a passionate cohort of 100 total direct service AmeriCorps members working across King County in partnership with food banks and community-based organizations to connect families with the food they need. Here at Mercy Housing Northwest, you will join four other members in this work to support food security during the summer months in your local area. Our participating locations are in North Seattle: Mercy Magnuson Place and Cedar Crossing, South Seattle: Mercy Othello Plaza and Gardner House, and Kent: Appian Way Apartments. Our Summer Associates will target the barriers to Summer Meals through their service. They will work to implement creative solutions that increase access to the Free Summer Meals program by increasing the days, hours, and frequency of meal site operations, while also facilitating hands-on educational activities to engage youth. Additional duties include conducting grassroots community outreach to get the word out about available food resources, which is imperative in breaking down barriers. At Mercy Housing Northwest we also provide a robust summer programming experience for all school aged youth. You will be working with staff on-site to plan activities, recruit participants, and facilitate summer programming opportunities. Your service will aid in protecting participation and access to the Summer Meals program and help ensure that our community is able to achieve a just and equitable economic recovery from the pandemic.
As a part of this team, you will be supported with a robust orientation, ongoing training, and the tools and resources you need to be successful. Full training and certification provided.
- 18 years of age or older
- US citizen, US national, or lawful permanent residents, or persons legally residing in a state. Persons legally residing in a state include (but not limited to) those having the following legal residency classifications: refugee status, asylum or asylee status, temporary protected status, deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status. Unfortunately, F1 Visas are not sufficient.
- Available full-time (40 hours per week) from June 20, 2023, to August 28, 2023
- Must go through background check
- Self-starters who are passionate about supporting their community and public service
- Experience working independently in high-energy environments
- Flexible, resourceful, and adaptable
- Ability to build relationships and effectively communicate information to a broad audience, including conducting outreach to parents, youth and other community members
- Experience working with diverse populations and an ability to apply a racial equity lens towards anti-hunger work
- 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.
- Consistent access to a personal vehicle is needed. Members who travel between service sites will receive mileage reimbursement at IRS standard rates.
Members will frequently move or lift boxes weighing up to 30 pounds. This position may frequently involve service in outdoor weather conditions, and may involve standing, walking, or moving around the service location for the duration of a shift. This position frequently communicates with staff and community members and must be able to exchange accurate information.
COMMITMENT TO EQUITY:
Hunger and poverty disproportionately hurt the most marginalized people in society — including people of color, people from working class backgrounds, women, and people who identify as LGBTQ+. We believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do. We strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities.
BENEFITS AND COMPENSATION:
- Biweekly living stipend of $1,027 pre-tax
- Completion bonus from United Way of King County in the amount of $1,000 after successful completion of your service term
- Eligible to receive Segal AmeriCorps Education Award ($1,459.26), or a cash award ($276.64 - $345.80 depending on weeks served) after successful completion of your service year. By law, only AmeriCorps VISTA members who are either U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, or Lawful Permanent Resident Aliens—sometimes referred to as “Lawful Permanent Residents”—are eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Segal Education Award. All other members will receive an end of service cash stipend.
- Unlimited ORCA Transportation pass
- Mileage reimbursement for travel between service sites
- Receive your Food Handler’s Permit and other professional development training
- Become part of the AmeriCorps Network and part of a high-impact team
- Receive special consideration for United Way’s AmeriCorps teams, beginning Fall 2023
NOTE ON COVID-19:
AmeriCorps service fills a critical need in our community and is considered essential work. This is a community-facing position, and members of our team will be required to serve on-site, with limited opportunities for remote work. In this position, you may have direct contact with other team members and members of the community.
Education award upon successful completion of service, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training
Biweekly living stipend of $1,027 pre-tax
Completion bonus from United Way of King County in the amount of $1,000 after successful completion of your service term
Eligible to receive Segal AmeriCorps Education Award ($1,459.26), or a cash award ($276.64 - $345.80 depending on weeks served) after successful completion of your service year. By law, only AmeriCorps VISTA members who are either U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, or Lawful Permanent Resident Aliens—sometimes referred to as “Lawful Permanent Residents”—are eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Segal Education Award. All other members will receive an end of service cash stipend.
Unlimited ORCA Transportation pass
Mileage reimbursement for travel between service sites
Receive your Food Handler’s Permit and other professional development training
Become part of the AmeriCorps Network and part of a high-impact team
Receive special consideration for United Way’s AmeriCorps teams, beginning Fall 2023
English, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese
Subject to criminal background check