Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry (OPRFFP) is seeking full-time AmeriCorps member to cultivate the growth of a Hunger Free Community coalition by engaging community leaders and food-insecure community members to identify community assets, partners, leaders, and stakeholders for the development and implementation of a Hunger Free Community coalition dedicated to increasing community food security.
In 2018, OPRFFP joined the Hunger Free Communities Network. It now seeks to create a local network of agencies on the West Side of Chicago and surrounding suburbs, aligning the work of non-profits and community organizations interested in or impacted by the issue of food insecurity. OPRFFP currently engages nutrition educators, farmers, food justice advocates, and other local nonprofits, businesses, farmers’ markets, and health centers as partners to help end local hunger. OPRFFP, a non-profit organization headquartered in Oak Park, has provided hunger relief services for over 40 years. Serving residents of 13 zip codes, OPRFFP focuses its work in four main areas: 1) Direct Hunger Relief (food pantry, summer meals programs, home delivery, etc.), 2) Nutrition and Wellness Education, 3) Sustainable Food Solutions (food recovery/rescue, farmers, etc.), and 4) Hunger Free Communities (coalition-building, collaborations, advocacy).
The Hunger Free Community Organizer will be responsible for:
- Recruiting coalition partners by identifying stakeholders and conducting targeted outreach in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago and surrounding suburbs
- Hosting informational meetings or events focused on bringing select stakeholders together
- Establishing a core group to form coalition structure and goals
- Providing backbone administrative and meeting support
- Evaluating the Hunger Free Community’s capacity to take on the task of community change
- Establishing tools and processes by which the goals of the Hunger Free Community can be monitored and evaluated to ensure progress is being made
- Ensuring the sustainability of the Hunger Free Community’s work by recruiting and training volunteers that can be maintained with minimal oversight by program staff
- Helping to develop and implement a sustainable fundraising plan to increase funds and in-kind support for the continued work of the Hunger Free Community
- Attending community events to promote the coalition and demonstrates the value and reach of the Hunger Free Community.
Ideal Qualities & Experiences
- Associate’s Degree or equivalent experience.
- Strong interest in working on domestic nutrition, hunger, and food security issues.
- Demonstrated experience in community engagement.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills
- Strong organizational and time-management skills
- Bi-lingual skills (English/Spanish) are a plus
- Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs.
- Must be physically capable of walking up and down stairs and be able to lift 40 pounds.
- AmeriCorps Requirements:
- Be 18 years or older (no upper age limit)
- Pass a national service criminal history check
- Hold one of the following citizenship statuses: US citizen, US National, Lawful Permanent Resident Aliens and persons residing in a state that have the following legal residency classifications: refugee, asylum or asylee, temporary protected status, or deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status.