Thursday, July 3, 2008

Americorps Job Announcement for the Apple Corps

From King County Food and Fitness Initiative Leadership Council member Michelle Bates-Benetua at Solid Ground

Hello all,

Please forward along to folks you know who may be a good fit.

Thank you,


Michelle Bates-Benetua, Lettuce Link Program Manager

Promote Gardening and Food Security to Youth and Families in Seattle:

A position with Apple Corps

Americorps Job Announcement for the Apple Corps

1 – Lettuce Link Program Development and Outreach Americorps

Program Description: Apple Corps, a program of Solid Ground, works to reduce hunger, obesity, and poor health in children and families in Seattle and King County through school and community-based efforts. Apple Corps recruits and trains Americorps national service members to provide activities to children and families who are most at-risk for malnutrition and poor health. They promote healthy eating and active living programs in conjunction with community partners.

This position places an Apple Corps national service member with Lettuce Link. Lettuce Link, another Solid Ground program, is an innovative food and gardening program growing and giving since 1988. Lettuce Link creates access to fresh, nutritious and organic produce, seeds, and gardening information for low-income families in Seattle. They work to educate the community about food security and sustainable food production.

Organization Description: Solid Ground (formerly the Fremont Public Association) is one of the largest, most innovative human service agencies in the Seattle region. Created over 30 years ago, Solid Ground is dedicated to: developing and providing creative and effective responses to our community’s needs; offering quality human services in a manner that promotes dignity; advocating for policies and initiatives that give all people equal opportunities and resources; undoing institutional racism; and supporting the efforts of others who share our vision of community. Each year, Solid Ground provides shelter, food, counseling and other basic services for over 25,000 people in need and is at the forefront of addressing hunger and nutrition issues among low-income families throughout Seattle and King County.

About Americorps: Americorps members spend 10 1/2 months in full-time service addressing the needs of low-income communities. All projects place Americorps members in non-profit organizations and schools to effectively help individuals and communities overcome poverty. Learn more at

Position Descriptions:

Lettuce Link Program Development and Outreach Americorps

An Apple Corps member will help Lettuce Link expand the availability of fresh, locally grown produce in food banks and meal programs by developing systems and support that enable more community gardeners and fruit tree owners to raise and donate produce. Additionally, the volunteer will help promote food security and backyard gardening through outreach events, seed distribution at food banks, and working at Marra Farm. Specifically, the Apple Corps member will:

  • Create systems and work one-on-one with gardeners to help revive giving programs at five gardens
  • Assist low-income Seattle residents grow their own food by distributing vegetable seed packets, plant starts and gardening and nutrition information at food banks.
  • Harvest produce at Marra Farm on Fridays.
  • Teach children about nutrition and gardening at Marra Farm.
  • Coordinate the fruit tree harvest project
  • Explore options for increasing donations from farmer’s markets
  • Write newsletter articles that help promote the above goals.

Position Specific Skills and Qualifications:

Knowledge of gardening/agriculture, hunger issues, food assistance programs, and/or experience with educational institutions or social service agencies desirable. Experience working with low-income and diverse populations; Experience working with school-age children; Comfortable speaking in front of large groups; Basic gardening skills; Background in teaching, youth development, or community organizing a plus; Proficiency in Spanish or another foreign language highly desirable, but not required; and Driver’s license and reliable transportation preferred.

General Skills and Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree or a combination of education, volunteer, and work experience that demonstrates ability to perform position duties; Effective communication and organizational skills; Ability to work as a team and practice effective relationship-building techniques; Ability to multi-task and work under pressure; Ability to work with people from various cultures, ethnicities and races as well as a commitment to challenge institutional racism; Knowledge of basic computer programs such as Word, Excel, and Outlook as well as internet research skills.

Compensation and Benefits:

« Health Insurance

« Modest Monthly living stipend of $950

« A $4,725 post-service education award

« Loan Forbearance

« Childcare assistance (if income eligible)

« Training

« Skill building

How to Apply:

1) Please send a resume and cover letter to Michelle Bates-Benetua at or

Lettuce Link

Solid Ground

1501 N 45th Street

Seattle, WA 98103

** - Priority will be given to applications received by July 11th. However, applications will be reviewed until all positions are filled, through August 6th.

For more information about Solid Ground, please see our website at

Questions? Contact Michelle Bates-Benetua at or (206) 694-6754

Michelle Bates-Benetua, Lettuce Link Program Manager
Solid Ground (formerly the Fremont Public Association)
1501 N. 45th St. Seattle, WA 98103

Lettuce Link creates access to fresh, nutritious and organic produce, seeds, and gardening information for low-income families in Seattle and builds awareness about food security and sustainable food production.

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