Quaker Voluntary Service expanded to Boston as its fourth location in August 2015.

Sponsoring Quaker Meetings/Churches:

The QVS Boston program is under the care of Friends Meeting at Cambridge, Beacon Hill, Fresh Pond, Framingham Friends Meeting, and Wellesley Monthly Meetings.

Want to get involved with the Boston QVS program? Reach out to Zenaida, our Boston Coordinator.

Zenaida Peterson (they/them)

Zenaida Peterson (they/them)

Boston Coordinator

2020-2021 Boston Site Placements (click on any logo for more information)

Apprentice Learning

Apprentice Learning (AL) believes that every young person should be empowered to pursue a fulfilling work life. We leverage career exploration to teach skills and to nurture dreams.

AL aims to close the opportunity gap in Boston Public Schools by providing career exploration programming and early work experiences for middle school students. Through a variety of programming, AL teaches students essential workplace skills, exposes students to various careers, and introduces them to a

network of professionals. AL showcases the link between academic commitment and professional success. Our programs encourage students to explore their identities, passions, and goals for the future, and also teach them skills for workplace success.

We serve 250 seventh and eighth grade students per year in five partner schools. Our 60+ work-site partners include small businesses, financial institutions, human service organizations, and STEM-related businesses.

Fellow Position: Program Specialist
The Fellow will be trained to facilitate the Apprenticeship program. This involves leading six preparatory classes and helping coordinate apprenticeship site and student matchups. The Fellow will also assist in connecting all of their students who are eligible for summer employment to opportunities in the Boston area.

The Fellow will report to, and work closely with, AL’s Program Director to implement the program. The Fellow will undergo training that will allow for an experience outside of their comfort zone, but with ample support. As the Fellow becomes increasingly oriented (i.e. comfortable delivering lessons and working with students), their level of autonomy will increase. This growth process will be formed through a collaborative process between the Fellow and their supervisor.

Better Future Project

Better Future Project works to build a powerful grassroots movement to address the climate crisis and advance a rapid and responsible transition beyond coal, oil, and gas toward a renewable energy future for all.

Our Guiding Vision is a world with a healthy, stable, livable climate where all people live in resilient communities powered by 100% renewable energy that is equitably distributed, decentralized, and democratically controlled and provides millions of safe, well-paying jobs. We believe in grassroots organizing and movement-building and work to center issues of racial economic and social within our work.

We began in 2011, with a student summer program. In 2012, we launched two programs, 350 Massachusetts and Divest Ed. 350 Mass is our statewide volunteer climate action network and now includes hundreds of active members in 17 nodes across Massachusetts who work together to change local and state climate/energy policy. After six years of supporting university student leaders working to divest their school’s endowments in Massachusetts and New England, Divest Ed expanded nationally in fall of 2018, and are currently supporting the work of 50+ campuses around the nation, 21 of whom have one or more students participating in our year-long fellowship program. Our newest program is Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW), which works to advance social resilience through engaging grassroots individuals and organizations around climate preparedness. These 3 programs are served by 11 FTE staff and 2-3 interns. We serve people who are concerned about climate change and want to join a grassroots movement.

Fellow Position: CREW Outreach Coordinator
Primary duties of this position would include: Conducting outreach to prospective "Climate Resilience Hubs" - existing community institutions that agree to educate their constituents on climate impacts and climate preparedness, and offer limited support during extreme weather events. Conducting outreach for "Climate Preparedness Week," following up with Climate Resilience Hubs to learn about their experiences and see how we can improve the program, and working with local CREW volunteer teams to improve their communities' resilience through service, education, and planning projects.

The population served are people in the greater Boston area who will be impacted by climate impacts or are otherwise concerned about these impacts. While our program is young and our fully demographics are being determined, we are particularly interested in working with traditionally marginalized communities, such as communities of color, immigrant populations, the elderly, and others who are more vulnerable to climate impacts. We also work with some who are not as vulnerable themselves but are excited to help their community, including more vulnerable members of the community, to prepare for climate impacts.

+ Experience with grassroots organizing, community outreach, program management.
+ Experience working with diverse populations
+ Passion for climate, environmental, and social justice
+ Strong written and verbal skills
+ Familiarity with and passion for building an intersectional movement and learning about anti-oppression and social justice issues

Cambridge Friends School

Cambridge Friends School is a co-educational elementary and middle school (pre-K – grade 8) established in 1961 under the care of Friends Meeting at Cambridge, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). It is the mission of Cambridge Friends School to provide an outstanding education. Guided by Quaker principles, we engage students in meaningful academic learning within a caring community strongly committed to social justice. We expect all students to develop their intellectual, physical, creative, and spiritual potential and, through the example of their lives, to challenge oppression and to contribute to justice and understanding in the world.


Fellow Position: Lower School Classroom Aide

Provide academic and social-emotional learning support to students in our two combined grades 3-4 classrooms. Each classroom has 13 students and one full-time teacher. The QVS Fellow will be expected to aid students in various academic subjects, such as math and language arts, help students navigate social dynamics in school, and participate in the overall responsibilities of a teacher in the Lower School.

East Boston Neighborhood Health Center

The mission of the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) is to provide easily accessible, affordable, appropriate, high-quality, personalized, coordinated primary care, for all who live and work in East Boston and the surrounding communities, without regard to age, income, insurance status, language, culture, or social circumstances.

For more than 45 years, EBNHC has provided high-quality, comprehensive medical care to the communities of Revere, Chelsea, Winthrop, Everett and East Boston. Since opening our doors in 1970, the health center has operated 24/7/365 and has grown to become the only health center in New England, and one of the few in the country, to provide continuous care. EBNHC serves a diverse, low-income, medically under-served community with one of the largest Latino populations in Massachusetts. Many families are first-generation immigrants, and over half of East Boston households are primarily non-English speaking. Long home to new immigrant groups, the arrival of newcomers over the past 20 years from Central and South America provides East Boston with the highest number (and largest proportion) of Latinos in all Boston neighborhoods. Seventeen percent of the population lives at least 200% below the federal poverty line and 39.8% of household incomes earn less than $35,000 per year.

Position: Care Navigator
In an effort to eliminate health disparities (gaps in health status and health care equity across racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups), the fellow’s primary role will be to work in our Community Resource Center connecting patients to concrete community resources that they have been unable to access on their own. The Fellow will predominantly work with immigrants, low-income individuals, and patients with complex medical needs, linking them to needed medical, social service and legal services.

When focusing on immediate survival needs of food, shelter, and clothing, individuals without reliable access to care often defer healthcare concerns until they become acute. Whether it is explaining tenant rights to a family facing eviction, reviewing all available food access programs to an elderly patient experiencing food insecurity, or connecting a recent immigrant with local agencies that can provide free immigration consults, the Fellow will provide compassionate, direct services our patients. The Fellow will assist with completing applications for public housing, disability, utility and fuel assistance, as well as connecting families with childcare, playgroups, parenting classes, school enrollment, after school programs, and summer camps.
Additionally, Fellow will take a lead role in coordinating other community serving agencies services for EBNHC patients onsite and will oversee their operations. These include programs such as: Cradles to Crayons (distributing gently used clothing to children), management of a Fair Food program (packaging and distributing $2 bag rescued food), and a Red Cross Mobile Food Pantry The Fellow will actively seek innovative ways to help patients’ access basic needs and look to bring new resources to EBNHC.


FriendshipWorks mission is to reduce social isolation, enhance the quality of life and preserve the dignity of seniors in Boston and Brookline. We accomplish this mission by recruiting and training volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to provide a range of services including: long-term social visitation, short-term task assistance, and accompaniment on medical appointments. Our PetPals, MusicWorks and Relaxation Through the Arts programs bring the joys of pets, music, artistic expression and movement to older adults in senior buildings, assisted living facilities and nursing homes. We serve adults 60+ (55+ if they have vision or hearing loss) who live in Boston or Brookline.

In 2014, FriendshipWorks celebrated its 30th year of service to elders in Boston and Brookline. Since its inception, FriendshipWorks has assisted over 23,400 Boston-area elders, providing almost half a million hours of donated care.

Position Description:
The Education Program Associate will work closely with the Education and Outreach Coordinator to establish and further educational initiatives that address access and inclusion for seniors in Boston. The bulk of their work will be in outreach and implementation of outreach initiatives particularly supporting LGBTQ elders and elders with vision loss. A portion of this position will set aside time to provide direct service to seniors in Boston (medical escorts, short-term friendly helping and potentially be matched for long-term social visitation).

Outreach and Implementation of Educational Initiatives (approximately 50% of time)
• Conduct outreach for special project initiatives recruiting volunteers and seniors and developing community partners
• Offer presentations on educational initiatives and assist with workshops
• Possibility of leading a group or facilitating a workshop depending on Fellow’s interests
• Support two key initiatives that address access and inclusion: LGBTQ Elder Initiative, Elder Low Vision initiative.

Educational Initiative Development (approximately 20% - 30% of time)
Direct Service (approximately 10% - 15% of time)

This partnership is made possible by generous support from The Friends Foundation for the Aging.


Home Energy Efficiency Team, Inc. (HEET)'s mission is to cut carbon emissions NOW by driving systems change.

HEET is a nimble nonprofit seeking solutions to climate change through research, education, and collective action. We are always seeking to cut more emissions faster for less cost, using methods that can be replicated nationally.

We began in 2008 with energy upgrade work-parties in homes and nonprofit organizations. We taught hands-on skills in diverse communities that people could use to lower their energy bills and emissions. Our work in nonprofits also enabled them to save money so they could deliver more critical services to their communities.

In the last few years we have shifted our focus to methane emissions because of their disproportionate climate impacts. Our approach is “triage and transition”: find and fix the worst gas leaks, and help communities make an equitable transition from gas to renewable energy. Seeking an equitable way to transition off gas, we spoke with many stakeholders and came up with the GeoMicroDistrict, a network of shared geothermal wells in current gas right-of-ways that can provide renewable heating and cooling to whole neighborhoods.

HEET is small but mighty. We have grown from 2 staff to 5, and with the help of seasonal interns and dedicated volunteers, we are having a large impact.

Education and Outreach Fellow-
You will be part of HEET’s Energy Shift program, with the goal of transitioning our region from natural gas to renewable thermal energy.

Working closely with HEET’s Co-Executive Director Zeyneb Magavi, you will attend meetings with stakeholders (legislators, municipalities, academics, community groups, unions, etc.), help coordinate a busy schedule, respond to email inquiries, and assist with writing, editing, and presentations. As a leader in Mothers Out Front, HEET and the Gas Leak Allies, Zeyneb is at the center of innovative and fast-moving changes in Massachusetts, offering you a front seat in how political change happens.

Another important part of your work will be planning, promoting, and hosting Taste the Future parties. These events bring neighbors together to learn about the transition off fossil fuels and see an induction cooktop in action. One of the barriers to people switching to greenable electricity is their attachment to their gas stoves. Taste the Future parties demonstrate induction as faster, safer and more precise than gas. This work involves outreach, community organizing, and community based education. After a period of training, you will be the lead staff person on the Taste the Future project.

HEET’s hours and work are flexible, and you will be exposed to a variety of work styles and venues. We hope to find a Fellow who is adaptable, comfortable working independently, and interested in being part of a collaborative, learning organization. Interest or experience in environmental science, policy, sociology, or engineering is excellent but not required.


Let’s Get Moving

Community HealthCorps members serving with EBNHC’s Let’s Get Movin’ (LGM) program have a unique opportunity to work on the front lines of an urgent public health issue: childhood obesity. Members work directly with pediatric patients and their families to promote a healthy lifestyle through regular physical activity and proper nutrition. AmeriCorps members’ primary responsibility is to coach an after school program for 8-14 year olds, which focuses on improving physical fitness and muscle strength, increasing children’s confidence in sports, learning about healthy eating, and training to finish LGM’s end-of-the-year 5K.

In addition to the after school program, members work to involve families and the community in other LGM programming, and play an instrumental role in delivering these programs. LGM offers Parent Program nutrition and cooking classes, family fitness groups, physical activity case management, field trips, youth mentoring, and nutrition education in local schools. Several members are also involved in the management of LGM’s food access programs, which include the East Boston Farmers Market, East Boston CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), and the EBNHC Wellness Garden.

LGM coaches serve as important role models in the community, and are instrumental in inspiring and encouraging positive lifestyle changes in one of the EBNHC’s most vulnerable patient populations.

Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center Health Promotion Center

South Jamaica Plain Health Center- Health Promotion Center The Health Promotion Center (HPC) is a part of the Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center. Our mission is to provide personal, quality health care with respect and compassion to our diverse community.
The HPC uses the lens of Health Equity and Social Justice and takes an approach that considers social determinants of health/strives to be anti-racist through its programming and campaign work.

The Racial Reconciliation Project: Our vision is to build a movement of radical and structural thinkers. From this movement will emerge a core of racial justice practitioners that will be devoted to collective liberation and undoing the trauma that racism has caused.
Our mission is to guide youth to reach amazing levels of connection with the self, with their peers, and then ultimately with the world. In this, we aim to provide tools to help youth understand intersectionality and how the history of racism and white supremacy has shaped the current policies and practices in the US, manage and lower their stress levels, regulate their emotions, and understand their role in dismantling racism.

More than 12,000 patients in Jamaica Plain and surrounding communities make over 50,000 visits each year to the health center. Over 50% of our patients are Latino and our bilingual staff provide patients with high quality primary care. As part of BWH and Partners HealthCare, patients benefit from receiving care in a familiar, local setting while being part of a large, integrated network of specialty and hospital care that provides any medical services they might need.

With the opening of the SJPHC Health Promotion Center in 2010, the health center was able to move beyond medical care alone. Doctors and mental health providers can prescribe support groups, yoga classes, or many other activities with a specific focus that will address the patient's health needs. And we're thinking about the health of the community, working together to address the health equity, social and racial justice, and structures and policies that affect the health of all of us.

Work with a team of interns and staff to coordinate a variety of health promotion racial justice and equity projects. Fellow will support diabetes management groups, physical activity opportunities, and youth engagement; help evaluate and track progress and assist with grant reporting and other documentation; participate in community meetings and organizing projects related to transit and food justice; support youth programming at the south street youth center and with the Racial Reconciliation and Healing project www.racialrec.org. To learn more about SJPHC’s racial justice approach please view this video: https://vimeo.com/268050238

Fellow will receive training on the history of racism and white supremacy in medicine and beyond, the current impact of racism on health, racial justice framing and communication and how to apply Critical Race Theory to research and other projects. This is multi-racial, multi-identity work and all are encouraged to apply and bring their systems analysis.

Boston Fellows (click on any picture for more information)

Sylvan Bachhuber

Sylvan Bachhuber (she/her) grew up in Madison, WI. She has a BA from Hampshire College with an interdisciplinary concentration in Anthropology/Sociology, Spanish, and Social Justice. For her senior thesis project, Sylvan compiled a collection of essays and interviews about mutual aid and collective care during the COVID-19 pandemic. During her time at Hampshire, Sylvan was involved in birth and pregnancy loss doula trainings, a local domestic abuse crisis hotline, abolition organizing, and an intentional housing community focused on agriculture, sustainability, and managing a small greenhouse. Sylvan also worked for her campus wellness center and is excited to continue advocating for public health, justice, and wellness with her placement at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. Sylvan grew up living cooperatively, and is passionate about building radical and loving community. She is so excited to learn more about Quaker values and traditions, build intentional community, and explore the relationships between spirituality and social justice during her QVS year!

Eva Whittaker

Eva Whittaker (she/her) grew up in Philadelphia’s Quaker schools and moved to Scotland for her undergraduate degree. She studied Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews, where she fostered an enduring love of intersectional and queer theory. In her spare time, she sang multiple times a week with the university’s chapel choir and worked as a facilitator for a student-run consent and bystander intervention training organization. After sadly leaving her beautiful home in St Andrews, Eva returned to Philly and has spent the past year supporting Interfaith Philadelphia with community and youth programming. This experience allowed her to learn more about the importance of deep listening and moral imagination to the work of social healing. Eva is inspired by the ways in which sacred practices can enrich and deepen our inner and outer landscapes, and interested in exploring the process of dismantling systems of inequity and cultivating more loving, resilient communities. She is looking forward to better understanding the fractal nature of social change, and the processes of discernment and accompaniment that support this work, over her QVS year. She is elated to be spending a year in intentional community, growing and living out her Quaker values. Eva loves to sing and listen to music, go out with her camera, have thoughtful conversations about things from art to our responsibilities to each other, and cook for loved ones. She values intentional, deep relationships, loves spending time outside, and always chooses to eat out there when she can. Eva is very excited to be serving with Apprentice Learning during her QVS year - teaching career skills and supporting middle schoolers at Dearborn STEM Academy.

Sabine Peterka

Sabine Peterka (she/her) grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and recently graduated from Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota with a major in Environmental Studies and minors in Geography and Music. She is passionate about environmental justice and especially food justice and has explored these themes through work on organic farms and gardens, the Food Recovery Network and the Sunrise Movement. She is excited to be working with the Let's Get Movin' program at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center.

Adele Gelperin

Adele Gelperin (they/them) grew up in a tight-knit neighborhood just outside of New Haven, CT with their family, cats, and friends, some of whom happened to be trees. In 2019, they graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a major in Religion, a minor in Educational Studies, and a certificate in Buddhist Studies. For the past two years, they have worked as a kindergarten and first grade teacher, where they have spent time listening to young people, encouraging conversations about identity and justice, and loving their students fiercely. Adele can most often be found reading, getting excited about birds, and trying to persuade their roommate to foster more cats. They believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person, in the end of carceral white supremacy culture, and in the quiet power of paying attention. Raised in part by a veritable legion of older lesbian activists in their local Unitarian Universalist congregation, Adele is working as a fellow with Cambridge Friends School this year.

Campo Larrick

Campo Larrick (they/them) is excited to find themself at the intersection of service, spirituality, and intentional community. They grew up in Chapel Hill, NC where they were introduced to Quakerism at Carolina Friends School for their last two years of high school. This introduction, combined with a Catholic upbringing and the later addition of Won Buddhist practice, inspired a passion for social justice, interfaith dialogue, and liberation theology. Campo earned a degree in Social Work at Warren Wilson College in May 2021 and studied indigenous social movements and community organizing throughout Southern Mexico in Fall 2019. Campo has been continuously drawn to work in food, environmental, and health justice. They are excited to meet the challenges and joys of working at the Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center this year!

Colin Battis

Colin Battis (he/him) is originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he was involved with his Unitarian Universalist congregation for most of his life, and found the time to run cross country and make it to Eagle rank in his Boy Scout troop on the side. Moving to Pennsylvania to attend Haverford College, his love for experiencing and learning about the natural world and his concern for accelerating biodiversity loss led him to major in Environmental Studies, as well as minoring in Creative Writing. While his hopes of studying sustainability and the energy industry abroad in Germany were cut short by the pandemic, Colin was able to complete an environmental capstone project in his senior year. His capstone involved working with a local solar energy co-op to deliver an info session and communications toolkit to promote solar power and enable homeowners, businesses, and nonprofits to start considering their options for solar power.

At Haverford, Colin dabbled in student journalism, manned the tech support desk in the IT department, and served as a member of the college's Committee for Environmental Responsibility, helping push for carbon neutrality planning and for reducing the amount of red meat served at the dining center. His interest in building intentional community also led to his place in Haverford's Quaker House, where he was able to more deeply experience and learn about Quaker values and traditions while holding events for the campus and even (a little anxiously) taking on the role of house treasurer. Along with running and experiencing the outdoors, Colin is passionate about writing, visual art, and games, especially ones that clog up a tabletop with lots of dice rolling and little pieces. He is looking forward to working with the Better Future Project during his time as a fellow, specifically helping to build climate resilience with Communities Responding to Extreme Weather.

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