Are you passionate about helping others, and looking for experience in the non-profit sector? Imagine Grinnell is searching for an individual to serve for one year (starting in June) as a coordinator for a new project designed to increase the effectiveness of local organizations in addressing issues of hunger and health in the community. This position is part of the AmeriCorps VISTA program, which is designed to alleviate poverty and was founded in 1965.
The Imagine Grinnell VISTA project will serve low income families in the greater Grinnell community. Many studies show that the links between nutrition, mental health, and poverty, finding that children in food-insufficient households have significantly slower general health and negative mental health-related symptoms compared to those in food-sufficient households. The VISTA member will expand partnerships among Grinnell nonprofits, create opportunities for larger grant funding, and increase communication and information access for the community, specifically around access to food. The VISTA will set the groundwork for a more streamlined and collaborative system; creating databases, contact lists, and other tools, and forming working groups and ad-hoc committees for projects will make it easier to sustain these connections and anti-poverty work.
This VISTA position is part of the Iowa Campus Compact (IACC) VISTA Community Corps program. IACC is a membership organization for colleges and universities committed to the public role of higher education. The IACC VISTA Community Corps builds partnerships between member campuses and community-based organizations, building capacity and alleviating poverty in relation to education and economic opportunity. While IACC VISTA positions are located across the state of Iowa, this position is located in Grinnell, Iowa.