Americorps Report - AmeriCorps Report Kadeon Thomas During the month of October 2007 I started my AmeriCorps service with Iskash*taa Iskash*taa

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AmeriCorps Report Kadeon Thomas During the month of October 2007, I started my AmeriCorps service with Iskash*taa. Iskash*taa empowers refugees by creating opportunities to use their knowledge and skills from Africa to help their families and their own community and to better integrate with the larger Tucson community while gaining life skills that serve them in America. Dr. Barbara Eiswerth is the Director of Iskash*taa and we worked very closely on projects. My first project involved working with the local fruit harvesting project’s Each year volunteers including refugees and Tucsonans harvest approximately 20,000 lbs. of fruits and vegetables from backyards and local farms. Some of these farms include (Buckelew Farms, Native seeds/Search and Andy’s and Brian’s Pumpkin Patch. The fruits and vegetables are then distributed to refugee families and to also assist families in need. Barbara and the refugees thought that it would be beneficial to convert some of the fruits and vegetables into value added products. The plan would be to then sell the value added products to markets, restaurants and other locations around Tucson. The income from sales of the value added products would go to refugees and help them sustain their families. Some of the value added products include marmalade, chutney, olive oil and relish. My initial role with the harvesting project was to conduct a simple market analysis and write a marketing plan for promoting these value added products in the Tucson area. This task involved researching prices that these products are currently sold for in Tucson. I also researched costs for equipment and tools to convert the fruits and vegetables into the value added products. This project is important as Iskash*taa works with over 75 refugee families from countries such as Nepal, The Republic of Burundi, Afghanistan, Iran, and Iraq. Many of these families face similar problems: difficulty finding jobs, lack of access to income generation opportunities. Iskash*taa has dedicated time to finding ways that refugees can generate income as they look for a permanent job. Barbara has been successful in selling a few of the products to venues here in Tucson such as Bentley’s House Coffee and Tea. Currently, Barbara is promoting the products to local markets and other coffee houses and restaurants. A second project that I worked on was finding capital to fund Iskash*taa’s projects. Iskash*taa is a small agency and obtaining financial resources is a top priority. Money obtained from grants will be used to pay for training and equipment that will be used in family development and income generation projects. Barbara and I agreed that I would work on finding grant makers and then attempt to submit grant proposals to these organizations. My first task was to develop a general letter of inquiry. I then conducted an investigation of target grant makers around the United States. My second task was to then mail out the letters and follow up on each letter that we sent out. Iskash*taa did receive invitations to apply for a few
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This note was uploaded on 10/26/2010 for the course CHEMISTRY ChM560 taught by Professor Bates during the Spring '10 term at Aarhus Universitet.

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Americorps Report - AmeriCorps Report Kadeon Thomas During the month of October 2007 I started my AmeriCorps service with Iskash*taa Iskash*taa

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