AmeriCorps VISTA: We have an opening for a full-time AmeriCorps VISTA as of July which will support our Garden and Education Programs. Our VISTA project is designed to expand access to fresh produce for low income families throughout Central MA. Job responsibilities include recruiting and training volunteer groups and leaders, researching and developing educational materials and evaluation tools, developing partnerships to support nutrition education and gardening initiatives, and some fundraising.

VISTAs receive a $12,192 annual living allowance, choice of a $5,550 education award OR $1,500 end of service stipend, and health insurance. For more information or to apply, see our VISTA posting.

At Growing Places, VISTA activities would include: – Recruit and train volunteers to serve as mentors and team leaders; – Develop and implement Mentor Orientation and Training Curriculum; – Help build methods for mentor and other garden volunteer support and relations; – Participate in impact evaluation to help assess the educational and skill needs of current and prospective gardeners and develop and implement new educational programs and tools to increase skills and knowledge among garden recipients; – Develop partnerships through which gardeners can experience local farming organizations; – Coordinate cooking and nutrition classes in partnership with Cooking Matters (of Share of Strength) and other partners for our gardeners – Strengthen relationships with partner’s organizations in the region and seek to develop new relationships with other nonprofit and public institutions serving populations at risk of hunger and food insecurity