Britepaths Seeking Network Up and Farmers Market Volunteers

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Despite being one of the wealthiest counties in the United States, Fairfax County thousands of families struggle to make ends meet. To combat this, since 1984, Britepaths has been empowering families to become self-sufficient.

Each year Britepaths helps approximately 7,000 families and individuals across Fairfax County through short-term food and financial assistance and long-term guidance. Programs like financial mentoring and workforce development, Britepaths help build resilience and stabilize families’ futures.

If you are interested in the opportunities below, please contact RSVP Volunteer Specialist, Shannon White, at swhite@volunteerfairfax.org for more information.

  • Network Up Volunteer

Network Up is a short-term mentoring program offered by Britepaths and the Financial Empowerment Center at South County that matches under- or un-employed men or women with a volunteer mentor. Mentors and mentees meet two to five times for a conversation focused on helping the mentee create or expand his/her professional network; and establish a career strategy and job search plan. There’s a high-need mentors who work or have worked in the fields of technology/IT, nonprofits and accounting, but we welcome professionals in all fields in Northern Virginia/DMV.

Mentors provide a wealth of experience, knowledge, and networking connections to help mentees land — and succeed in — the right job for them. Qualifications to join the program include:

  • An established professional living in the Northern Virginia area
  • Looking for an opportunity to become involved in your community
  • Interested in helping people develop their professional goals and networking connections
  • Willing to use your expertise and knowledge to help someone advance their career

Network Up is NOT a job placement program. Rather, it is a workforce development opportunity designed to help someone achieve their career goals.

  • SNAP/EBT Coordinator for Annandale Farmers Market

Britepaths is seeking a highly motivated individual to serve as the EBT Coordinator at the Annandale Farmers Market which is operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority. This volunteer position in partnership with FRESHFARM will support the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) program at the Market (located at Mason District Park, 6621 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA).

The EBT program allows individuals to utilize their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as food stamps, at the Market to purchase eligible items, including fresh fruits and vegetables. The matching dollar program allows SNAP customers to stretch their food budget further to make fresh local produce more affordable.

Position requirements: 

  • Minimum of 5 hours per week
    • Thursdays: 7:15 am-12:30 pm.
  • Market Season: through November 4th
  • Reliable transportation to and from the Market.
  • Friendly and outgoing.
  • Strong customer service skills and experience.
  • Ability to work in an environment requiring flexibility, responsiveness, and multi-tasking.
  • Ability to work outdoors in various weather conditions.
  • An interest/passion in farmers markets, local economic development, and place-making.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills

Responsibilities:

  • Understand Annandale Farmers Market token exchange process, guidelines, and requirements for implementing the SNAP matching program and accurately communicate information about those programs to volunteers, market vendors, and diverse customers.
  • Operate the SNAP EBT terminal and dispense SNAP and match tokens according to established procedures.
  • Manage and be responsible for accuracy of paperwork, tracking, and before and after market accounting associated with the token system according to established procedures. Includes regularly reporting data through FM Tracks and sending quarterly financial reports to FRESHFARM.
  • Maintain adequate inventory levels for operating the token system, including paper scrip, POS paper rolls, promotional materials, charged batteries, etc.
  • Coordinate volunteer team and assist in setting up the information booth tent, table, and signs.  All items will be stored on-site at the designated location.
  • Provide general customer services, such as answering questions about the SNAP program and helping customers search for specific vendors or products.
  • EBT outreach, advertising, and promotion.

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