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ORGANIZATION: Alchemist CDC

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Volunteer for food access at Central Farmers' Market!

Alchemist CDC facilitates the use of CalFresh (SNAP/EBT) benefits and bonus Market Match incentives at Sacramento County farmers' markets. We need your help to connect communities to fresh, healthy, local food.

Volunteer duties:

  • Assist in processing SNAP transactions
  • Distribute EBT and Market Match vouchers
  • Assist in redemption of vouchers from farmers’ market vendors

Due to the close proximity of volunteers and staff for the length of the farmers' market day, all volunteers must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

Our CalFresh community is as diverse as the city of Sacramento! We are looking for bilingual volunteers who can communicate in Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

To learn more, email one of our Program Coordinators, Vicente and Sadiyah, at vicente@alchemistcdc.org and sadiyah@alchemistcdc.org

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About Alchemist CDC

Location:

4625 44th Street, Suite 33, Sacramento, CA 95820, US

Mission Statement

Alchemist Community Development Corporation (CDC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting communities to land, food and opportunity toward a vision in which all neighborhoods are vibrant, equitable, healthy, and diverse.

Description

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, we rely on the help of volunteers to connect communities to land, food and opportunity toward a vision in which all neighborhoods are vibrant, equitable, healthy, and diverse. We offer a range of volunteer opportunities across three different programs: CalFresh at Farmers' Markets, Neighborhood Empowerment, and Community Connections 95820.

CalFresh at Farmers' Markets: this program operates CalFresh processing at multiple farmers' markets throughout Sacramento County through . The CalFresh program offers qualifying lower income individuals financial assistance in purchasing food for themselves and their families. Farmers' markets are a great asset to communities, and can lead to improved health for area residents. By making it easier for lower-income populations to purchase food at farmers' markets, these community assets will become more equitable and accessible to all individuals. CalFresh at Farmers' Markets volunteers assist in processing SNAP transactions, distribute EBT and Market Match vouchers, and assist in redemption of vouchers from farmers' market vendors.

Neighborhood Empowerment: We believe that communities have within themselves the vision, passions, and ability to do good and great things. We also recognize that many great ideas can be held back by the need for formal organizational structure. We see our role in the community as providing the structure and support of a trellis on which the vines of grassroots collaboration can grow, flourish, and bear fruit. In this capacity, Alchemist is best known for our Land-Based Work. Through these projects, we help transform blighted land into vibrant, neighborhood amenities through direct community engagement, design, and hands-on participation in creating public gardens and community gathering spaces.

Community Connections 95820: We deliver farm fresh produce and grocery staples to low-income families in south Sacramento that have barriers to accessing traditional emergency food distribution sites during the COVID crisis, (e.g., immunocompromised, senior or other COVID-vulnerable family members in the household, lack of transportation, single caregivers, etc.) We deliver this food right to their door every week at no charge. We prioritize purchasing our produce from small-midsize local growers whenever possible, resulting in additional economic support for our region.

CAUSE AREAS

Community
Hunger
Immigrants & Refugees
Community, Hunger, Immigrants & Refugees

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

8th & W StreetSacramento, CA 95818

(38.56672,-121.50233)
 

SKILLS

  • Customer Service
  • Community Outreach
  • Cantonese / Mandarin
  • Multi-Tasking
  • People Skills

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • We are looking for regular volunteers that can commit to weekly, bimonthly, or monthly shifts.
  • We also welcome minor volunteers that are at least 14 years old! But to stay in compliance with CA Bill AB506, a guardian needs to be present with the minor throughout the duration of their shift.

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