Interested in hosting a COMMUNITY Fellow?

AMI expands its impact through partnerships with area non-profits. 


AMI provides partner organizations with passionate, trained individuals for one year and contributes approximately $31,000 for the Community Action Year Fellow’s salary and related costs. AMI also provides Community Action Year Fellows with continuing education, professional development, mentoring, and support. Non-profit organizations that support AMI's mission and are located within Highland, Augusta, and Rockingham Counties are encouraged to apply to host a Community Fellow.  AMI expects all partner organizations to make a financial contribution to support the Fellow. 

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Learn more and apply to host a Community Fellow in 2022 here. Applications are due June 28. 

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​AMI partners with organizations that are able and willing to meet the following criteria:

  • Be a non-profit working in the AMI impact region of Augusta, Highland or Rockingham Counties, VA and have a mission that supports food-based community development, local agriculture, health, and/or environmental sustainability. 

  • Incorporate at least 8 hours per week of garden or farm work time to reinforce gardening skills (can be met through a split position with work on an AMI Farm site). Please note that AMI Community Action Year Fellows also participate in up to 3 days (24 hour) of continuing education per month. 

  • Commit to using sustainable, regenerative and/or organic farm practices and prohibit use of toxic substances and/or hazardous materials that may drift to the worksite. 

  • Provide an accessible, supportive on-site supervisor that will supervise the Community Fellow’s daily work responsibilities, including review of timesheets, monthly reporting documents, and 90 day and end of year evaluations.

  • Provide a $10,000 contribution to AMI for participating in Community Action Year. This amount may be prorated for Fellows working less than 40 hours per week. Organizations that are unable to make the full contribution will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

  • Acknowledge AMI as a supporting organization in marketing materials and communications channels, including on its website, social media, and in public relations and publicity.