Fight hunger with Idealist!

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Every night, 1 in 8 people goes to sleep hungry. To address this statistic, on Tuesday, October 16th, people around the world came together and participated in World Food Day, an annual event that since 1981 has encouraged people to take action to end hunger. While World Food Day has passed, if you’re interested in being part of this movement and changing that statistic for the better, there are plenty of jobs and internships on Idealist that focus on fighting hunger.

  • If you’ve always wanted to eliminate hunger while having a cool job title, check out the Director of CHOW position at the Broome County Council of Churches in Binghamton, NY. CHOW stands for the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse, which distributes over 130,000 pounds of food every month through over 30 soup kitchens. Just think how snazzy your new business card would look.
  • If you want to work in NYC,  take a look at the Development Associate position at Edible Schoolyard, an organization that helps teach healthy, organic eating habits to public school kids in New York City.
  • For people interested in affecting the roots of the hunger problem, Just Harvest is a public policy advocacy group in based in Pittsburgh, PA. It works with a variety of public programs, from farmers markets to food stamps, and it currently has a bountiful autumn crop of jobs posted on Idealist.
  • Of course, interesting jobs that fight hunger are not limited the the United States. You could be part of the effort to lessen dependence on food aid at the One Acre Fund in Kenya. Ten jobs were listed in October, so the Fund is serious about helping African farmers become more productive.
  • If working in one country is too much of a commitment for you, check out Medair. It’s a relief organization that works across the world in conflict spots, natural disaster zones, and basically anyplace where hunger is a problem. You could work in Afghanistan, Madagascar, or Haiti, to name just a few of the available job opportunities.

Finally, if none of the above postings appeal to you, don’t lose hope. You can always apply to be a beekeeper in Cameroon.

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Opportunity Spotlight: Labor Day Edition

How can we work together to create strong workplaces? (Photo credit: kathera, Creative Commons/Flickr)

Labor Day’s not just the day we stop wearing white pants. Since 1894, it’s been the official day that we take a load off to celebrate the contributions of all workers. And in today’s spotlight, we celebrate organizations that support workers as well as job and internship opportunities within these organizations.

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United works on behalf of restaurant employees nationwide. Through advocacy, organization, research, and policy work, they aim to improve the wages and working conditions of over 10 million people in the restaurant industry. They’re currently seeking a part time Office Manager in New York, NY, so if you’ve got some administrative chops and you’re passionate about community and labor organizing, check out this great opportunity to get involved.

If direct organizing is more your style, sign on as Lead Organizer for Warehouse Workers for Justice in Joliet, IL. United Electrical Workers is seeking someone to develop and lead workplace justice campaigns for warehouse workers in Chicago’s logistics hub. You’ll be leading a team of organizers, providing education on workplace rights, training long-term community leaders, and developing innovative tactics to tackle workplace justice issues.

Just getting your feet wet in workplace organizing? Get a Union Organizer internship with UNITE HERE! in Boston, MA. You’ll be working locally on national campaigns to motivate service workers to stand up for their rights.

And take a look at some other workforce development organizations that joined the site this week, like the Newark Workforce Investment Board, New York’s Workforce Opportunity Services, and Philadelphia’s Opportunities Industrialization Center. These organizations build up employee skills and connect them with employers who need these skills to build healthy communities that benefit everyone.

Hats off to you all workers of America! And a special high five to all the organizations working on their behalf.

What are you doing to celebrate workers this Labor Day?

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