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R.E.L.I.E.F.  (Recovering from Covid-19 through Education, Local partnerships, Interdisciplinary Efforts, and Food assistance)

Position Title: R.E.L.I.E.F. AmeriCorps Member

Location: Missouri State University, Center for Community Engagement

Dates: May 2022 to December 31, 2022

Hours: 300 total hours of service


Education award of $1,342.86 upon successful completion of service, disaster relief training, monthly living allowance of $250 before taxes.

Position Description

This team of AmeriCorps Members will provide assistance to Missouri State University community members facing increased food insecurity through assessment, education, and outreach. AmeriCorps Members will 1) develop and deliver monthly health and nutrition workshops, 2) conduct real-time needs assessments of individuals facing food insecurity, 3) assist with coordination and expansion of the on-campus food pantry, and 4) recruit and train volunteers to assist with food security efforts.

General Responsibilities

  • Ensure consistent access to healthy food for all
  • Work to eliminate root causes of hunger and food insecurity
  • Attend training and community meetings as approved by supervisor
  • Maintain flexibility with time, tasks, and priorities
  • Perform volunteer duties as assigned by Program Director
  • Pursue a program of professional self-development including selected readings, seminars, and workshops
  • Coordinate service projects addressing food insecurity
  • Provide support to food insecurity efforts on campus and in the community
  • Connect with local organizations addressing food insecurity in the Springfield, MO area

Requirements and Qualifications

  • 17 years of age or older
  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Able to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Able to commit a total of 300 hours of service between May 2023-Dec. 31, 2022
  • Must have reliable transportation
  • Must have strong communication and problem-solving skills
  • Flexible, adaptable, and resourceful in unexpected situations
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to multi-task
  • Able to work independently and within a team
  • Computer skills (Outlook, Excel, Office 365, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Ability to balance a variety of tasks simultaneously
  • Driver's license and car insurance and a clean driving record
  • Strong interest in addressing food insecurity

AmeriCorps Member Outcomes

As result of their service year, the AmeriCorps Member will:

  • Increase personal confidence with team building and management
  • Create professional connections across campus and in the community
  • Increase personal confidence while making well-informed, ethical decisions in advising
  • Learn and implement strategies for assessment and evaluation
  • Enhance verbal and written communication skills
  • Be able to facilitate dialogues around social issues, social change, and power/privilege
  • Learn and implement strategies for assessment and evaluation

To Apply

Email the following documents to Alex Johnson, Director, Center for Community Engagement, Missouri State University

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

Meet the Leadership Team

Alex Johnson

​​​​​​​Dr. Keri Franklin

Dr. Kathy Nordyke

Julia Cottrell

Charlie Whitaker