Americorp Vista Program

Food Security Program Development

Increase access and understanding of the Community Feeding Program, that connects young farmers from the Farmers in Training Program to young chefs from the Chefs in Training Program all to prepare healthy meals for residents.

Create a Project Logic Model of the Community Feeding program to ensure its sustainability

  • Conduct program audit through listening sessions with Farmers and Chefs in Training Program participants. 
  • Develop and distribute surveys to beneficiaries of the Community Feeding Program. 
  • Assess inventory of community resources and programs available to support the project. 
  • Incorporate recommendations and insights gained through listening sessions and other discoveries into program plan. 

Increase access and awareness of Community Feeding Program through outreach.

  • Partner with Department of Health and Human Services, Halifax/Weldon/Northampton school systems, area head start, public libraries, Boys and Girls Club and 4H programs to identify prospective clients. 
  • Form a stakeholder coalition to meet regularly to share information relevant to the needs of the beneficiaries. 
  • Develop streamlined communications through social media ads, flyers, and the ABC2NC App. 
  • Promote newsworthy activities to generate project awareness and support on social media.

Develop participant information portal to enhance outreach and services to beneficiaries.

  • Research data collection systems used by other nonprofits.
  • Use information gained through discovery to develop a Community Feeding Program data collection system.
  • Develop surveys and benchmarks to track and monitor program impact.

Support the development of a comprehensive fundraising plan to support programs and outreach.

  • Research and provide recommendations of sources of program funding, such as grants, sponsorships or in-kind donations.
  • Create a database of potential funders from foundations and corporate philanthropy sources.
  • Draft and submit at least 3 grants to support the project.
  • Assess cost-effectiveness of fundraising events and modify as needed.
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Volunteer Management Program

The intent of the project is to develop and launch a volunteer management program to support the sustainability Community Farm Program entrepreneurial program which addresses food insecurity — designed to support low income youth and families. 

Support the development of the Community Farm Volunteer Management program to expand the reach of ABC2’s services with an emphasis on low-income residents of Halifax and Northampton County. Oct/November 2020

  • Research possible partnerships with local organizations, cooperative Extensions, farmers, and educational organizations to provide community garden workshops and mentoring opportunities.
  • Develop partnership with colleges and universities, specifically NC A&T State University and NC Universities.
  • Develop a database with potential partners and volunteer activity log.

Research and launch Community Farm Advisory Board to ensure sustainability of Community Farm Project.

  • Research and make recommendations of partners and community members to join the advisory.
  • Develop governing policies in collaboration with the CEO.
  • Convene advisory board members to provide insights on needs and engagement interests of community members. 
  • Network and engage prospective stakeholders to gauge program interest.
  • Research and provide training opportunities for advisory board members that will include racial equity training and other ways to effectively engage with the community. 
  • Facilitate the training of program leaders and insure program delivery to the first cohort.

Develop Volunteer Database and Activity Log to monitor and management volunteer’s contributions and solicit feedback.

  • Research, draft and complete Volunteer Policy and Procedure Handbook. Due: Thursday, September 24, 2020 by Chester B. Williams 
  • Develop a database of past and current volunteers. Due: Thursday, September 17, 2020 by Chester 
  • Research options for volunteer management data collection systems to create a Community Farm Volunteer Network. Due: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 by Alexis 
  • Make recommendations for full-time positions to support volunteer management work. Spring 2021 
  • Invite Potential Volunteers to the Garden on September 26, 2020 at the Farm. 25 – 35. Due: Thursday, September 24, 2020 by the entire team. 
  • Organize an annual volunteer appreciation opportunity to recognize and celebrate volunteer contributions. Aug/Sept 2021 

Support the development of a comprehensive fundraising plan to support programs and outreach.

  • Research and provide recommendations of sources of program funding, such as grants, sponsorships or in-kind donations.
  • Create a database of potential funders from foundations and corporate philanthropy sources.
  • Draft and submit at least 3 grants to support the project.
  • Assess cost-effectiveness of fundraising events and modify as needed.

Food Security Program Development  

Increase access and understanding of the Community Feeding Program, that connects young farmers from the Farmers in Training Program to young chefs from the Chefs in Training Program all to prepare healthy meals for residents.  

Create a Project Logic Model of the Community Feeding program to ensure its sustainability

  • Conduct program audit through listening sessions with Farmers and Chefs in Training Program participants. 
  • Develop and distribute surveys to beneficiaries of the Community Feeding Program. 
  • Assess inventory of community resources and programs available to support the project. 
  • Incorporate recommendations and insights gained through listening sessions and other discoveries into program plan. 

Increase access and awareness of Community Feeding Program through outreach. 

  • Partner with Department of Health and Human Services, Halifax/Weldon/Northampton school systems, area head start, public libraries, Boys and Girls Club and 4H programs to identify prospective clients. 
  • Form a stakeholder coalition to meet regularly to share information relevant to the needs of the beneficiaries. 
  • Develop streamlined communications through social media ads, flyers, and the ABC2NC App. 
  • Promote newsworthy activities to generate project awareness and support on social media. 

Develop participant information portal to enhance outreach and services to beneficiaries. 

  • Research data collection systems used by other nonprofits.
  • Use information gained through discovery to develop a Community Feeding Program data collection system.
  • Develop surveys and benchmarks to track and monitor program impact.

 Support the development of a comprehensive fundraising plan to support programs and outreach.

  • Research and provide recommendations of sources of program funding, such as grants, sponsorships or in-kind donations.
  • Create a database of potential funders from foundations and corporate philanthropy sources.
  • Draft and submit at least 3 grants to support the project.
  • Assess cost-effectiveness of fundraising events and modify as needed.

 

Volunteer Management Program

The intent of the project is to develop and launch a volunteer management program to support the sustainability Community Farm Program entrepreneurial program which addresses food insecurity — designed to support low income youth and families. 

 

 Support the development of the Community Farm Volunteer Management program to expand the reach of ABC2’s services with an emphasis on low-income residents of Halifax and Northampton County. Oct/November 2020

  • Research possible partnerships with local organizations, cooperative Extensions, farmers, and educational organizations to provide community garden workshops and mentoring opportunities.
  • Develop partnership with colleges and universities, specifically NC A&T State University and NC Universities.
  • Develop a database with potential partners and volunteer activity log.

Research and launch Community Farm Advisory Board to ensure sustainability of Community Farm Project. 

  • Research and make recommendations of partners and community members to join the advisory.
  • Develop governing policies in collaboration with the CEO.
  • Convene advisory board members to provide insights on needs and engagement interests of community members. 
  • Network and engage prospective stakeholders to gauge program interest.
  • Research and provide training opportunities for advisory board members that will include racial equity training and other ways to effectively engage with the community. 
  • Facilitate the training of program leaders and insure program delivery to the first cohort.

Develop Volunteer Database and Activity Log to monitor and management volunteer’s contributions and solicit feedback.  

  • Research, draft and complete Volunteer Policy and Procedure Handbook. Due: Thursday, September 24, 2020 by Chester B. Williams 
  • Develop a database of past and current volunteers. Due: Thursday, September 17, 2020 by Chester 
  • Research options for volunteer management data collection systems to create a Community Farm Volunteer Network. Due: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 by Alexis 
  • Make recommendations for full-time positions to support volunteer management work. Spring 2021 
  • Invite Potential Volunteers to the Garden on September 26, 2020 at the Farm. 25 – 35. Due: Thursday, September 24, 2020 by the entire team. 
  • Organize an annual volunteer appreciation opportunity to recognize and celebrate volunteer contributions. Aug/Sept 2021 

Support the development of a comprehensive fundraising plan to support programs and outreach.

  • Research and provide recommendations of sources of program funding, such as grants, sponsorships or in-kind donations.
  • Create a database of potential funders from foundations and corporate philanthropy sources.
  • Draft and submit at least 3 grants to support the project.
  • Assess cost-effectiveness of fundraising events and modify as needed.