COVID-19 HungerCorps Member (Part-Time)
START/END DATE: 9/28/2020 - 3/26/2021
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 9/10/20
Note: this is a part-time PAID service opportunity for King County residents.
United Way Overview
United Way of King County’s vision is to build a community where people have homes, students graduate, and families are financially stable. United Way concentrates on issues that affect the most vulnerable and on which it can have measurable influence. Under our priority of breaking the cycle of poverty, we are committed to ensuring children, especially children of color, have access to nutritious food.
Everyone deserves consistent access to healthy and culturally appropriate food. But, since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, local leaders estimate that hunger in our community has tripled. Low-income families and families of color have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, and are experiencing hunger at unprecedented rates. United Way of King County’s Fuel Your Future program connects families with critical food resources – including school meals, food banks, and public benefits programs like SNAP and WIC – with a particular focus on low-income communities of color. Help families in your community access food this year as a COVID-19 HungerCorps member.
Your Role and the HungerCorps Team
The HungerCorps team is a passionate cohort of 26 direct service AmeriCorps members working in partnership with food banks and community-based organizations to connect families with the food they need.
As a HungerCorps member, you will be assigned to a food bank or nonprofit organization, where you’ll use your skills and experience to support critical anti-hunger work. You will prepare and serve meals, pack boxes of food, engagement with community members, and conduct grassroots community outreach to get the word out about available resources. You can expect to deliver meals directly to families’ doors at an apartment complex, serve Grab and Go meals at a community center, or distribute groceries to families at a neighborhood food pantry. As a part of this cohort, you will be supported with a robust orientation, ongoing trainings, and the tools and resources you need to be successful.
This is a part-time position, and members will serve approximately 20 hours per week for the duration of their service term. Exact hours may vary by placement site. Most site placements are located in South Seattle and South King County.
Note on COVID-19
AmeriCorps service, including serving at a food bank or meals site, fills a critical need in our community and is considered essential work. This is a community-facing position, and members of our team will be required to serve on-site, with limited opportunities for remote work. In this position, you may have direct contact with other team members and members of the community. United Way is following all guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the Washington State Department of Health regarding social distancing and safety measures. We are eager to support you in having a safe and impactful AmeriCorps term.
- Self-starters who are passionate about supporting their community and public service
- Experience working independently in high-energy environments
- Flexible, resourceful, and adaptable
- Ability to build relationships and effectively communicate information to a broad audience, including conducting outreach to parents, youth and other community members
- Experience working with diverse populations and an ability to apply a racial equity lens towards anti-hunger work
- Second language skill (especially Spanish, Somali, Amharic, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Russian, or Ukrainian) is highly desirable so that we can offer services to families in their preferred or native languages.
We believe that the communities we serve must be centered in the work we do. Therefore people of color and people with experience accessing food resources are highly encouraged to apply.
Members will frequently move or lift boxes weighing up to 30 pounds. This position may occasionally involve service in outdoor weather conditions, and may involve standing, walking, or moving around the service location for the duration of a shift.
- Must be at least 18 years of age
- Must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States
- Must be available 20 hours a week. Exact hours may vary by site placement, but will primarily be Monday – Friday, during typical business hours. More information about service hours will be provided throughout the hiring process.
- Able to serve through March 26, 2021 and reach a total of 450 service hours.
- Must go through a Washington State Patrol background check, FBI background check and National Sex Offender Registry Check, plus state of residence background check if not living in WA currently
- F1 VISAS are not sufficient
- Monthly Stipend of $500 (pre-tax)
- Loan deferment on qualified student loans during your service
- Payment of interest on qualified student loans that are accrued during service term
- Education Award of $1,638.89 upon successful completion of service
- Health benefits that meet minimum standards of ACA compliance
- Childcare assistance
- Unlimited Public transportation Pass (ORCA)
- Opportunity to be a part of an innovative, high-impact program
- Working across teams of various community organizations
- Gain valuable personal and professional development experience
- Becoming a member of a large network of current AmeriCorps members and alums