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Food Security AmeriCorps (Meals on Wheels)

AIM: Accept. Inspire. Minister.
105 South Fant Street, Anderson, SC 29624
$220 - $230 a week - Part-time, Contract

Location

105 South Fant Street, Anderson, SC 29624

Benefits
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  • Professional development assistance
  • Tuition reimbursement

Full job description

Food Security AmeriCorps

Service Site: Meals on Wheels of Anderson

Service Site Address: 105 S Fant St, Anderson, SC 29624

Site Supervisor/Title: Operations Director

Service Position Type: Part-time

Term of Service: August 14th, 2023 - July 31st, 2024

Average Weekly Service Hours: 20-25 Hours/Week

Typical Schedule: M-F. 8:30 - 1:00

AmeriCorps Program Overview

AmeriCorps is the federal agency for national service and volunteerism. AmeriCorps provides opportunities for Americans of all backgrounds to serve their country, address the nation’s most pressing challenges, and improve lives and communities.

AmeriCorps members do a year of community service in Anderson, SC.

Program Overview

Anderson Interfaith Ministries (AIM) is an efficient non-profit organization that meets the needs of struggling individuals and families in Anderson County. AIM was founded by churches to eliminate the duplication of assistance to those in need. For almost three decades, AIM has stabilized the community and continued to do so using its hand up, not hand out, philosophy. AIM is well known in the Upstate for giving hope and changing lives and continues to do so with unparalleled levels of energy, efficiency, and reliability.

AmeriCorps Member Position Overview

The Food Security AmeriCorps will complete a year of service in the Anderson community by identifying needs, connecting clients with critical resources, making referrals to community partner agencies, and preparing and delivering meals.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Be at least 21 years of age or older
  • Have or be working towards a high school diploma or its equivalent
  • Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States
  • Satisfy the National Service Criminal History Check eligibility criteria pursuant to 45 CFR 2540.202.

Essential Functions

  • Fight food insecurity by delivering meals to Anderson County residents
  • Serve alongside volunteers and Meals on Wheels staff personnel to prepare nutritious meals for community members
  • Distribute materials and resources, such as Community Resource Guides, to educate community members on local agencies
  • Learn about the Anderson Community and the challenges that poverty presents
  • Serve as a point of contact between clients and partner agencies, connecting clients to additional services when necessary
  • Provide wrap-around services that address all the needs of the clients
  • Form relationships with partner agencies, and refer clients to the appropriate partners whenever possible
  • Maintain composure and employ active listening skills with clients, being positive and reassuring even when there are disagreements
  • Participate in Monthly all-Corps Group Community Service projects
  • Participate in Monthly all-Corps Professional Development activities
  • Participate in Monthly AmeriCorps Team Meetings
  • Participate in AmeriCorps, AIM, and Meals on Wheels orientations at the beginning of service term
  • Participate in mid and end-of-service performance evaluations
  • Submit weekly timesheet
  • Participation in September 11th Day of Remembrance and/or Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service events may occur on the weekend or during holidays and include activities outside of the scope of typical day-to-day functions.

Additional Responsibilities

Although not essential position functions, the Food Security AmeriCorps member may be responsible for the following as needed:

  • Participate in other organization-wide community service events, such as Thanksgiving food distribution
  • Participate in outside service activities approved by the Program Director

Physical, Emotional, and Intellectual Demands

The following competencies are important in helping the AmeriCorps Member perform the essential duties of this position successfully:

  • Must be able to lift 40 pounds
  • Must be able to sit for extended periods of time
  • Flexibility – The ability to adjust to and thrive in a complex and changing environment; handles challenges with care and thoughtfully responds in the face of adversity or conflict.
  • Ability to Work Independently – The ability to be a self-starter and accomplish tasks independently and without constant direct supervision
  • Ability to Multi-Task – The ability to handle multiple tasks and assignments; prioritizes more critical functions while maintaining a good handle on others; reports promptly any barriers to task completion and allows ample opportunities for a supervisor to adjust deadlines
  • Results-Oriented Thinking and Behavior – A genuine concern for effectiveness. Possesses the desire to get the service done with excellence; mentally, is focused on getting the best results for actions taken; does not settle for mediocrity.
  • Awareness and Sensitivity to the External Environment – Situational awareness; is aware of the organizations that they represent, including the United Way Association of South Carolina, South Carolina Service Commission, AmeriCorps, and the host site's position in the community and the effect of their words and actions on that position; demonstrates savvy in dealing with agencies, volunteers and donors; is promoting and affirming in conversations about and on behalf of those organizations.
  • Patience - Maintain composure when dealing with complex problems and navigating interactions with community members
  • Positive Attitude - Maintain a positive attitude and a willingness to learn new skills.
  • Physical Activities:
  • Manual Dexterity: Picking, pinching, typing, or otherwise serving, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand or arm as in handling.
  • Communicating: Expressing or exchanging ideas. Activities must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to others accurately, loudly, or quickly.
  • Listening: Ability to receive detailed information through appropriate communication.
  • This position is sedentary and requires extended periods of time sitting
  • Visual Acuity: Member must have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; and/or expansive reading.
  • Service Conditions: Member is subject to both inside and outside environmental conditions.

Benefits

  • Ability to serve the community and make a difference in peoples lives
  • Training and Professional Development
  • The living allowance for this position is $440 - $460 distributed on a biweekly basis and may not exceed $11,000 for the term of service.
  • This position is eligible for an Education Award up to $3,447.50 upon graduation from the program. Please visit https://americorps.gov/members-volunteers/segal-americorps-education-award for additional information on the education award.

*For eligible members only. For more information on eligibility, please visit AmeriCorps.gov or contact the AmeriCorps Program Director.

This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or parental status, genetic information, and military service. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Job Types: Contract, Part-time

Pay: $220.00 - $230.00 per week

Benefits:

  • Professional development assistance
  • Tuition reimbursement

Schedule:

  • 4 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Anderson, SC 29624: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

Education:

  • High school or equivalent (Required)

Experience:

  • Non-profit: 1 year (Preferred)

License/Certification:

  • Driver's License (Required)

Work Location: In person