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Company/Organization: Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County

Description:

Are you passionate about alleviating hunger and poverty in your community? Are you interested in food security, nutrition, and community development? Then the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County wants your help! We are looking for enthusiastic interns that will work directly with the community to increase participation in CalFresh public food benefits (formally known as food stamps). CalFresh benefits serve the community by significantly reducing hunger and poverty, while boosting local economic activity. Unfortunately, only 57% of eligible Californians participate in the program. Participation rates in Orange County are even lower, the county ranks as the 43rd lowest in participation rates of all 58 counties. To increase participation in Orange County, our CalFresh interns will work to promote the program and educate the community. Additionally, you will help community members fill out and submit applications, and provide case management when needed. Your work will significantly contribute to increasing our reach in the community, and a report on your impact is available when your internship is complete. This internship will provide you with hands on service experience, professional case management and advocacy experience, and is suited for a variety of majors.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities; including but not limited to:
• Become a knowledgeable resource on the CalFresh program
• Conduct direct outreach to food insecure communities regarding CalFresh
• Help applicants understand the program and the application process
• Assist applicants with the application and ensure its completion
• Submit each application to social services with clients
• Keep informed about the status of each application
• Advocate on behalf of the clients and navigate through any complications that aise
• Participate in CalFresh team meetings and provide feedback to help the team improve community impact

Qualifications:

Qualifications:
• A passion for hunger alleviation and community development
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Bilingual abilities are strongly preferred (Spanish/Vietnamese)
• Proficiency in MS Office (Excel and MS Word)
• Good judgment when handling sensitive and/or confidential material
• Time management skills/ability to juggle multiple responsibilities
• Valid drivers license, proof of vehicle insurance coverage (mileage compensation provided)
• Must pass background check

Personal Qualities:
• Positive and energetic
• People person who enjoys connecting with others
• Friendly, courteous customer service skills
• Able to maintain a positive attitude and diplomatic demeanor while working with diverse individuals
• Flexible and adaptable to change
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively
• Commitment to living out the Food Bank’s core values of compassion, integrity, stewardship, service excellence and diversity

Physical Demands:
• Regular driving throughout Orange County
• Extended use of computers and sitting at a desk

Work Environment:
• Indoor, office environment (20% of the time)
• Driving time
• On-site work with clients and partners (80% of the time)

Paid Internship Info:

unpaid

Hours:

5-10/week

Length/Availability:

5 months

Start Date:

January 12, 2015

End Date:

January 5, 2015, June 12, 2015



Deadline:
January 5, 2015
Tags:
non-profit    hunger    poverty    community  development    economic  development    public  benefits    social  services 
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