Rotary First Harvest | AmeriCorps VISTA
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AmeriCorps VISTA

Harvest Against Hunger is a partnership between Rotary First Harvest and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to place Harvest VISTA members at hunger relief program partner sites.  Each Harvest VISTA works to increase local access to fresh fruits and vegetables by developing sustainable produce recovery projects. Projects developed by Harvest VISTA include establishing new or building upon preexisting gleaning, plant a row, farmers market recovery and community garden models. HAH is committed to connecting and collaborating with individuals and organizations to develop and share sustainable programs that increase access to fresh and nutritious produce for people in need.

AmeriCorps VISTA

VISTA is an acronym for “Volunteers In Service To America” and is known as the domestic equivalent of the Peace Corps. Volunteers commit to a year of service at a host site with the goal of starting or sustaining a produce recovery effort. The VISTA program provides its members the opportunity to gain valuable skills while making a difference in communities across the country. 

  • Harvest VISTA must be at least 18 years of age at the time of placement.
  • Although not required, a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is strongly encouraged.
  • Please see this FAQ page about serving as an AmeriCorps*VISTA member.

Compensation

Harvest VISTA serve full-time (40-hours per week) for one year and receive the following:

  • Living allowance (deposited biweekly) corresponding to the poverty rate of the county the VISTA is placed in;
  • Health care benefit;
  • Choice of a Segal Education Award ($5800) or cash stipend at end of term of service;
  • Harvest VISTA members may be eligible to receive reimbursement of relocation expenses for some travel and shipping costs.

Please see Living Allowance Rates here.

 


Training

The Corporation for National and Community Service and Harvest Against Hunger will provide many opportunities for training and career building activities. Before Harvest VISTAs report to their host site they will first complete an AmeriCorps Pre-Service Orientation (PSO) that provides context for a VISTA year to fight poverty, mobilize communities and implement projects.

HAH will provide ongoing training opportunities at the Rotary First Harvest office in Seattle and connect VISTA members on a regular basis to share ideas, best practices and problem solve.

 

Recruitment

Harvest Against Hunger is currently recruiting!

 

National Sites

Community Food Share – Louisville, CO – APPLY HERE!

 

Washington Sites

Kitsap Public Health District – Bremerton, WA – APPLY HERE!

Vashon Maury Food Bank – Vashon, WA – APPLY HERE!

Community Action Center – Pullman, WA – APPLY HERE!

 

Application Process:

  1. Complete and submit your application online through AmeriCorps*VISTA. The sooner the better as we review applications as they are submitted.
  2. Apply for Harvest VISTA position by clicking on specific site opportunities below or search for “Harvest Against Hunger” in Washington State through the AmeriCorps*VISTA job portal.
  3. Follow-up by learning more about each opportunity by clicking on the link to the host site and reviewing the VISTA Assignment Description (VAD). You may also email our HAH Director Beth Baker if you have site specific questions.