Washington COVID Response Corps Positions Now Open

Applications are now open for service with the Washington COVID Response Corps! Service will begin service on October 19th, 2020. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so please don’t delay in getting your application in! 

What is the Washington COVID Response Corps?

The Schultz Family Foundation and Serve Washington created the Washington COVID Response Corps in response to increasing food insecurity and youth unemployment, particularly among BIPOC youth and youth living in poverty during the pandemic. Youth aged 17-25 with diverse racial, ethnic, and financial backgrounds will support various activities to relieve hunger that will include packing and distributing food at school meal sites; assisting food banks with gleaning efforts; and growing and harvesting fresh fruits and vegetables from school gardens. To learn more about the Washington COVID Response Corps, click here. To learn about serving at Common Threads through the Response Corps, keep reading!

 

What is Common Threads?

Common Threads connects kids to healthy food in the garden, in the kitchen, and at the table. We want kids to grow up making food choices that are good for their bodies, their communities, and the environment. Founded in 2007 and based in Bellingham, Washington, Common Threads is a grassroots, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes a “seed to table” approach to food production, good nutrition, and environmental stewardship.  During the Covid19 Pandemic, our focus has shifted from educational programs toward food production and distribution.

At Common Threads, we are actively committed to social equity and justice and strongly encourage candidates of all racial and gender identities, cultural and economic backgrounds, and of any sexual orientation to apply for employment and service opportunities. Common Threads is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or marital status in employment or the provision of services. The Washington COVID Response Corps team is specifically designed for youth ages 17-25 from diverse racial, ethnic, and financial 

 

Why join the Washington COVID Response Corps at Common Threads?

  • Make a positive difference in your community during a time of uncertainty by getting healthy food into the hands of hungry kids and families
  • Learn new skills and gain new experiences
  • Make new personal and professional connections
  • Receive a monthly living stipend of $1621/mo
  • Receive an Education Award from the National Service Trust in the amount of $6,095 upon successful completion of service
  • Health care coverage including dental and vision
  • Child care allowance for qualified members
  • Food stamp eligibility
  • Opportunity to learn and grow in the company of other passionate service members 
  • Intensive training and professional development program

 

What will I do as a Response Corps member?

While assignments will vary, the focus of serving will be on growing, packing, distributing and teaching about healthy food.

Skills and Qualifications

Minimum requirements:

  • Must be at least 17 years old  and a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or legal permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Basic computer skills
  • Willing and able to travel to multiple service sites (via personal vehicle, Common Threads vehicle, bike, etc.)
  • Willing to serve long hours outside in all weather
  • Passionate, committed, creative, flexible, detail-oriented, capable of working both independently and as a team

The ideal candidate will also:

  • Have experience working with kids, preparing food, and farming
  • Tell us what special skills, personal experiences or perspectives they will bring to the team

 

Dates of service: October 19 2020 – October 12 20201

Total amount of service: 1700 hours minimum (full time!)

To apply, complete the Common Threads’ Response Corps application form and send a resume, cover letter, and two letters of reference to admin@commonthreadsfarm.org. 

To request reasonable accommodation in the application process, please email admin@commonthreadsfarm.org or call 360-927-1590