Posted on April 1, 2012
A year-long, full-time positions will support expansion of The Ohio Benefit Bank™
MANSFIELD – The Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks will place 15 AmeriCorps VISTA Community Organizers throughout the state this June to help boost participation in federal nutrition and work support programs by expanding The Ohio Benefit Bank (OBB™). The OBB is an innovative online service which connects Ohioans with more than 20 work support programs, as well as free federal and state tax filing.
The Cmunity Organizer positions are funded through a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that oversees AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc. is seeking individuals passionate about ending poverty in Ohio for one full-time, year-long position based out of Mansfield.
Each Community Organizer serves at a local organization like the Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc., providing capacity building support for anti-poverty outreach and education. The Community Organizer at the Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc. will work to connect Ohioans with tax credits and work support programs through expansion of the OBB in Richland and Ashland counties, while community organizer will also assist with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Outreach.
“The sacrifice and service of AmeriCorps VISTA members has been absolutely critical to the success of The Ohio Benefit Bank,” said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, Executive Director at the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks. “The OBB has returned over $630 million in potential benefits and tax credits to local communities, and it could not have done so without the dedication of our national service members.”
AmeriCorps VISTA members must be 18 years or older and able to commit to one year of full-time service beginning June 11. Members are paid a modest living stipend and receive an end-of-service award (either a cash stipend or money for school) upon completing the year-long term. The program is an opportunity for individuals of all backgrounds to gain valuable work experience and make a difference in their community. Interested individuals should fill out an application online. More information on the applications process is available at ohiofoodbanks.org.
About the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks
OASHF is Ohio’s largest charitable response to hunger, representing Ohio’s 12 Feeding America foodbanks and 3,300 member charities including food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters. In SFY 2011, OASHF and its member foodbanks were able to acquire and distribute over 150 million pounds of food and grocery items. Follow @ohiofoodbanks on Twitter, stay connected on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OASHF, and visit OASHF on the web at ohiofoodbanks.org.
About the Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc.
The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc. serves a nine county district of Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Marion, Morrow, Richland, Seneca and Wyandot Counties, providing assistance to those age 60 and over and disabled. The Area Agency on Aging can be reached at (419) 524-4144 or (800) 560-5799.
About the AmeriCorps VISTA Program
AmeriCorps VISTA is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service. The program is designed to fight poverty in America through full-time national service. OASHF has partnered with the Corporation for National and Community Service since its first AmeriCorps VISTA project in 2006. Since then, more than 500 AmeriCorps members have served hunger- and poverty-relief initiatives through OASHF. To learn more about the AmeriCorps VISTA program and other national service programs, visit http://www.nationalservice.gov
Bev Rosich, Communications Manager
Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc.
780 Park Ave. West
Mansfield, OH 44906
Phone: (419) 522-5612 or (800) 522-5680, Ext. 1157
Fax: (419) 522-9482
Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, Executive Director for the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks at 614-221-4336 ext. 222 or 614-271-4803 (cell)