Orchard Steward Work Parties

15.10.2021 in Volunteer Relations

The Harvest VISTA worked alongside the Senior Program and Education Manager  to create a schedule of monthly work parties that will take place at any of the 14 parks City Fruit stewards. Depending on the season, tasks can range from digging tree circles and mulching…

Donor Relations at City Fruit

13.10.2021 in Donor Relations

City Fruit’s Community Outreach VISTA is different than most other Harvest Against Hunger VISTA members because there is no direct relationship with the people who own the fruit trees, save for occasionally interacting with them at residential volunteer harvests.  City Fruit’s Harvest Manager is responsible…

Marketing and Visibility at City Fruit

12.10.2021 in Visibility

Planning ahead is a key factor to increasing the size and scope of your program. Many community outreach events have strict application deadlines. Keeping track of dates and deadlines is critical, as such events are great opportunities to spread the word and increase your organization’s…

Volunteer Relations at City Fruit

12.10.2021 in Volunteer Relations

In 2014 and 2015, the VISTA worked alongside the Harvest Coordinator to establish twice-weekly residential volunteer harvests. Residential harvests include all harvesting done at someone’s personal property on their own fruit tree. There are three things to keep in mind when scheduling a residential volunteer…

Utilizing Farmers’ Markets in Walla Walla

12.10.2021 in Partnerships

Downtown Walla Walla Farmers Market In 2013, Walla Walla’s farmers market was split into two different markets. The two markets overlapped on Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM, and while the Downtown Farmers’ Market had 26 produce vendors, the Valley Farmers Market had only 1-2 produce…

History at Blue Mountain Action Council

12.10.2021 in History

Blue Mountain Action Council (BMAC) has provided social services for low-income people in Walla Walla since 1966. Among many of the services BMAC provides to the community, food distribution is a large and important piece. In the past year, the BMAC Food Warehouse distributed over 1 million pounds…

Marketing at Blue Mountain Action Council

12.10.2021 in Visibility

     – Contact the local paper/news station to do an article about the gleaning program.      – Partner with other non-profits in your community on a project, e.g. Community Food Forums in the community room of a low-income housing complex.      –…

Donor Relations at Blue Mountain Action Council

12.10.2021 in Donor Relations

Donor Relations The support of a strong and well-established organization such as BMAC makes it easier for your program to approach growers and let them know where and how their excess produce will be distributed. Try to make initial contact with potential donors in the…

Plain Language as a Tool for Inclusive Communications

07.10.2021 in General Resources

Plain Language is communication your audience can understand the first time they read or hear it. Plain language is NOT dumbing down, but rather a method to simplify understanding and reduce the number of emails and calls from your audience asking for clarification. The Plain Writing Act of 2010 has made this method a standard practice among public agencies as they serve the broader, diverse community, as well as organizations that serve a specific audience with low English proficiency.