The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
BACKGROUND: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home. The IRC in Atlanta office was established in 1979 and has resettled over 21,000 refugees from nearly 50 countries into the Greater Atlanta area. As the largest refugee resettlement agency in Georgia, the IRC in Atlanta resettles an average of 800 refugees into Georgia annually and provides additional services and assistance to another 1,500 refugees and asylees.
SCOPE OF NEW ROOTS INTERN WORK: The New Roots Intern reports directly to the Community Integration Manager and supports efforts under IRC’s New Roots program. New Roots focuses on bringing refugees together to build connections with their new homes through nutrition, healthy lifestyles, and community gardening. The New Roots program in Atlanta is currently comprised primarily of educational and material support around food and nutrition and we are actively looking to expand into urban and community gardening.
Research potential garden sites and innovative garden techniques that can be replicated
Act as a point of contact and liaison with clients, community groups, and partner agencies to help support and organize New Roots efforts
Work with clients to identify needs and ways to meet these in regards to nutrition and food security
Support IRC in developing educational tools and opportunities around nutrition and healthy lifestyles
Develop stories, postings, and other online and social media material
Strong interest in working with international clients
Proven ability to work with consideration and respect for cross-cultural differences
Excellent communication and project management skills
Ability to work independently and take initiative
The ideal candidate will have some technical knowledge and experience in urban gardening and organizing.
Interns must be able to work at least 15 hours a week
Some weekend and/or evening hours in addition to regular business hours will be required