Drop-In Center Food Coordinator

  • Full Time
  • Chittenden County
  • Living allowance of $30,000 for the 11 month service term USD / Year

Website Vermont Housing and Conservation Board AmeriCorps

Spectrum Drop-In Center Food Coordinator

Spectrum Youth & Family Services, Burlington, VT

Be part of a community-based organization helping homeless and at-risk youth. Spectrum’s Drop-In Center provides food, basic needs, life skills, and emotional support to youth in our community. Gain experience in the human service field, and have a tangible impact on the lives of young people while you collaborate with other passionate individuals to meet the rising needs for housing and homeless services in our community.

This position is part of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board AmeriCorps (VHCB AmeriCorps).  The VHCB AmeriCorps program supports the innovative dual-goal approach to creating stable affordable housing opportunities for Vermont residents while preserving the natural and working landscape.  VHCB AmeriCorps is a national service program that places members with non-profit housing or land and energy conservation organizations around the state.

Spectrum is a leader in youth work, recognized locally & nationally for offering innovative best practice programs & services responsive to community needs in collaboration with community partners. Clients are welcomed & respected and receive the support & resources needed to change their lives. Our organizational culture supports independent thinking, teamwork, mastery in our work, & passion for positively impacting people’s lives. Our programs include a Drop-In Center, Supported Housing, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Counseling, Mentoring, Case Management, Recovery Coaching, and Crisis Stabilization. We collaborate with the Pearl Street Youth Clinic (part of the Community Health Centers of Burlington). The Spectrum Food Coordinator AmeriCorps Member serves in our Drop-In Center, the access point for many clients, which provides basic needs, including food, clothing, hygiene items, shower, & laundry. Youth use the computers in the space, assisted by the member, to apply for jobs, housing, and health & other benefits. The member builds trust & relationships with our clients and discuss a variety of difficult topics (substance abuse disorder, mental health, trauma) while always remaining client-focused, empathetic, & positive.

Essential Functions:

· Plan meals, grocery shop, manage food donations & the Meal Train

· Organizes & maintains kitchen; cooks & serves food to youth accessing the drop-in center

· Plans and implements healthy cooking, nutrition, & food prep class for youth

· Manages kitchen volunteers and strives to increase the number of volunteers & meal donations

· Coordinates with staff in the Drop-In space, providing informal counseling, support, and referral services to youth, and collaborates in regular team meeting and group supervision spaces

· Plans & engages youth in physically healthy activities (hiking, basketball, etc.)

· The member engages youth in harm reduction, and psychoeducation groups, and engages youth in conversations about healthy choices, coping skills and prosocial, sober choices.

· Builds community partnerships that maintain food access for youth ages 14-24

· Participate in an Independent Service Project under the guidance of VHCB AmeriCorps

· Participate in all VHCB AmeriCorps Trainings, Service Days, Events, and Program Initiatives.

· Engage in professional and personal development activities and networking opportunities.

Additional Information:

The member will be provided with a shared office space in which they can complete necessary service responsibilities. The Drop-In Center is open 7 days a week from 9am to 6pm. The member will have the flexibility to cater their schedule to their needs within those hours in order to meet their service commitment requirements. The member will be required to drive (in the Spectrum agency vehicle, or their personal vehicle with gas reimbursement) to the grocery store weekly to supply food for the program, with the potential to also drive to local farms and community gardens as those partnerships are fostered. This is a fully in-person position and requires the members presence, with the exception of virtual trainings that may periodically be offered or required with the flexibility for the member to complete said trainings off-site.

Position begins September 9th, 2024 and ends August 8th, 2025.

This position is Full Time: Requires 1,720 hours for an average of 40 hours per week for 47 weeks. Member will receive a living allowance of $30,000 (pre-tax) for the service term. Member will receive an education award of $7,395 (pre-tax) upon successful completion of service.

Other benefits include health insurance, federal school loan forbearance, and various training and networking opportunities.

To learn more: https://vhcb.org/our-programs/vhcb-americorps/positions

For questions about this position or to send additional materials:

Christina Brown, 802-864-7423, ext 312

[email protected]

177 Pearl Street, Burlington, VT 05401

To apply for this job please visit my.americorps.gov.