The Ardmoreite
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma seeks to hire 30 AmeriCorps VISTA summer associates by May 15 to help fight hunger in Oklahoma. Open positions in Ardmore include posts at First Baptist Church, a partner agency of the Regional Food Bank.
VISTA summer associates dedicate time to serve nonprofits nationwide and help build organizational, administrative and financial capacity of organizations that serve low-income communities. They will receive an education award or post-service stipend, a living allowance and experience professional development.   
“My experience with AmeriCorps started my career in the non-profit sector,” said Stephanie R. Polito, VISTA and Food Bank of Oklahoma agency services manager. “It gave me a chance to develop my professional skills while contributing to a cause that I am passionate about. National service has shaped who I am today. It’s my hope that the summer associate VISTAs will have an opportunity to find what they’re passionate about through serving their community this summer.”
In collaboration with the Regional Food Bank and select partner agencies, VISTA summer associates may assist in program implementation, increasing access to food, hosting community sessions to increase awareness of support programs and improving the quality of programs.
Summer associates are needed in the following areas:

 Administration  Development  Finance  Food Resource Center Capacity Building  Fresh Food/Medical Community Efforts  Marketing  Operations  Program Expansion  Production Kitchen  SNAP Outreach  Urban Harvest  Volunteer Center Recruitment. Through a partnership with the USDA and the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Regional Food Bank’s VISTA summer associates also have the opportunity to increase capacity and expand programming for the Summer Food Service Program in 25 counties across central and western Oklahoma.  Through this program, children 18 and younger receive meals over the summer at no charge when school is not in session. VISTA summer associates will design and execute sustainable programs to ensure children living in poverty have access to healthy food during the summer months when school meal programs are not available.
Summer associates are paid a living allowance of $31.98 per day, or $447 per 14-day pay period and have their choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend (education award is $1,212 or end of service stipend accrues at $4.11 per day). The dates of the program are May 28 – Aug. 6. Paid work outside of the program is prohibited.To apply, send a resume to lpatterson@regionalfoodbank.org, stop by the Regional Food Bank to complete an application or apply on-line at www.regionalfoodbank.org/careers/americorpsvista.