AmeriCorps Opening for Farmers Market & Community Kitchen Activities Coordinator at Allen Neighborhood Center (ANC)
ANC has an opening for an AmeriCorps member to join our Allen Market Place team to work on activities at our lively farmers market and in our brand new community kitchen. This 25-30 hour per week AmeriCorps will work with a team to:
facilitate nutrition and food-education sites at the Allen Street Farmers Market to provide information on preparing nutritious food with produce available at the Market;
assist with Market Walk—a two-fer that combines walking with tokens redeemed at the Farmers Market for purchase of nutritious food;
support the Winter Market by assisting with promotion, recruitment and training of Winter Market volunteers;
support all activities related to the May-October 2014 outdoor seasonal market, e.g., early promotion, coordination and training of Market volunteers;
assist in the promotion, enrollment, and implementation of the Culinary Job Skill Training Program projected to begin in fall 2013;
help design and implement Kitchen-based activities to run during the Winter Market. These weekly mini-events and “demos” will be educational, convivial, and highlight the foodways and cuisines of our diverse neighborhood;
provide guide-by-the-side training to Breadbasket volunteers to support efficient distribution of whole grain products and gleaned produce (during warmer weather) to between 80-100 low income families/individuals each week;
build community awareness via presentations at community events to engage participants in the various program areas of the newly opened Allen Market Place.
Minimum QualificationsHigh school degree, GED certificate or agree to achieve GED within the year
Minimum of 18 year of age, US citizen or permanent resident status
Desire and ability to engage with a diverse group of people, particularly those living in low-income distressed neighborhoods
Ability to function independently and in a team environment
Good written and oral communication skills
Flexible availability required (some night and weekends may be required
Experience and/or strong interest in learning about farmers markets and community kitchens
Member Benefits A 25-30 hour/week AmeriCorps member is expected to serve 900 hours from December 9, 2013 – September 19, 2014. Members receive a $6,400 living allowance, $2,775 education award at the successful completion of the service term, and loan forbearance for qualified student loans. Members are invited to attend monthly meetings and trainings hosted by the Power of We; and Allen Neighborhood Center will also make additional training opportunities available.
Cover letter and resume due Friday, November 15. Please send submissions to: Lizy Ferguson, Farmers Market/AMP Kitchen Manager Allen Neighborhood Center, 1619 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, MI 48912 517-999-3911; email@example.com
This Wednesday, November 6, the Allen Street Farmers Market will open the doors to its new winter home inside the new Allen Market Place facility. Featuring produce, bread, cheese, and more from some of your favorite vendors, as well as Herb Preservation workshops running every half hour and a performance by Jen Sygit from 4-6, you won’t want to miss this historic occasion!
Preservation Lansing recently released a video documenting historic properties in our community that either have been lost, are currently in danger, or were saved and restored. Did you know there were plans in 1969 to demolish the State Capitol Building?
Charrette in the Allen Market Place Opening night for the Michigan Avenue/Grand River Avenue Corridor Charrette is coming to the Allen Market Place—the AMP. In case you’re wondering, a charrette is a special kind of planning exercise that is compressed into a single week. It’s quick and it’s interactive and everyone is invited to participate. Opening night is Tuesday, October 22nd at 6:00 pm. Hands-on activities will focus on the Sparrow area and the Frandor area. Come share your ideas and concerns about your neighborhood! Then visit the Open House on Sunday, October 27th from 5 pm – 7 pm. This is a “drop-in” event where you can see your ideas at work and visit with the design team! For more information visit: www.migrand-charrette.com. Sponsored by the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission.