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Originally published in Castine Patriot, September 10, 2020 and Island Ad-Vantages, September 10, 2020 and The Weekly Packet, September 10, 2020
Healthy Acadia seeks AmeriCorps worker

Healthy Acadia is partnering with Hunger Free America to recruit a year-round AmeriCorps VISTA member to improve access to healthy food for people experiencing food insecurity. The Food Security AmeriCorps VISTA member will serve with Healthy Acadia in Hancock County for one year, starting on October 26, and will address food insecurity through partnerships with local farms and food pantries, county-wide food drives, fundraisers, volunteer recruitment, and youth engagement.

The VISTA member will receive a $513.94 biweekly living allowance, health benefits, housing assistance for one month rent, potential to forbear or defer student loans while in service, relocation assistance (if applicable), child care assistance (if applicable), one-year non-competitive status for federal government positions, and a network of over 180,000 AmeriCorps VISTA members and alums. Upon successful completion of the service term, they will also receive an education award valued at $6,195 that may be used toward student loans or furthering education, or they can instead choose to receive an $1,800 cash payout.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and commit to full-time hours. This is an opportunity for someone who is passionate about helping others, strengthening their local food system, and finding sustainable solutions to end hunger. The deadline for applying is September 15.

Interested applicants can contact Rachel Emus at 667-7171 or rachel@healthyacadia.org for more information.