Information for Site Placements
We invite your organization to consider serving as one of the service placements for Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS), a dynamic program providing opportunities for transformative service in peace, justice and community organizing contexts.
QVS is open to young adults interested in the intersection of faith and activism, living in intentional Quaker community, and openly engaging questions of faith and service in the world. QVS Fellows live together in simple intentional community. QVS partners with agencies and organizations that offer direct support to marginalized individuals and communities, and that strive to transform unjust structures. QVS places energetic and committed young people in full time positions in these agencies for 11 months (early September through late July). These QVS Fellows receive housing, a food stipend, access to health insurance, training, and spiritual support from QVS.
This year long experience has the potential to orient Fellows to a whole life committed to service and justice. To learn about organizations we partner with, scroll down.
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.
The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) is a nonprofit law firm dedicated to providing legal representation to people facing the death penalty, challenging human rights violations in prisons and jails, seeking through litigation and advocacy to improve legal representation for poor people accused of crimes, and advocating for criminal justice reform on behalf of those affected by the system in the Southern United States. SCHR was founded in 1976 by ministers and activists in response to the United States Supreme Court’s reinstatement of the death penalty that year and to the horrendous conditions in Southern prisons and jails. The organization’s attorneys and investigators struggled alongside civil rights organizations, families, and faith-based organizations to protect the human rights of people of color, poor people, and others in the criminal justice system in the South. Complementing our capital litigation, SCHR has a strong civil litigation practice that is able to bring impact litigation challenging the systemic deficiencies revealed through our capital litigation. Some of SCHR’s largest wins have resulted in an overhaul of South Carolina’s entire prison system; major renovations in Louisiana’s Angola Prison death row; shutting down Alabama’s Morgan County jail; and improved HIV care in Limestone Prison in Alabama, including an 80% drop in AIDS deaths.
The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) is excited to invite a Quaker Fellow to join our vibrant legal team as a Criminal Justice Reform Intake Specialist. The Specialist will work closely with attorneys and investigators to respond to challenges and concerns from people who are under criminal justice control and challenge unconstitutional or illegal criminal justice practices and the application of the death penalty in Georgia and Alabama.
-- Communicate effectively verbally and in writing;
-- be trustworthy with confidential information;
-- be compassionate and patient with those in crisis;
-- be both a strong team player and able to work independently;
-- have a driver’ s license and be willing to travel one day per week in Georgia or Alabama (SCHR will provide a vehicle);
-- be committed to serving communities that are poor and/or other communities targeted by the criminal justice system, and
challenging the many problems with the criminal justice and death penalty systems.
ACHIEVEability is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization working to permanently break the generational cycle of poverty for low income, single parent, and homeless families through higher education, affordable housing, supportive services, community and economic development, and accountability.
Founded in 1981, ACHIEVEability strives to permanently break the generational cycle of poverty for low-income, single-parent and homeless families. In our neighborhood the poverty rate is 37%. Focusing on the Haddington and Cobbs Creek neighborhoods of West Philadelphia, ACHIEVEability provides a continuum of anti-poverty services for vulnerable, low-income individuals and families through our three core programs: ACHIEVEability Connects, Family Self-Sufficiency Program and WorkSmart West Philly. ACHIEVEability is a midsized nonprofit with 17 staff members located in two offices. Our vision is to eradicate poverty in West Philadelphia. We use our core values to guide us and we are: fired up, transformative, accountable, community-driven, gritty and compassionate. Each year, we serve over 2,500 individuals and help them to achieve economic stability.
ACHIEVEability (ACHa), located in the Haddington/Cobbs Creek neighborhood of West Philadelphia, is looking for an enthusiastic, community focused individual interested in helping us to achieve our mission of breaking the cycle of poverty and promoting economic mobility among our residents. Our community faces high poverty (37%) and various barriers to achieving economic mobility. ACHa is committed to addressing the systematic challenges faced by our community by providing direct services and advocating for policy change. We are looking for an energetic and creative problem solver eager to help ACHa support individuals and families of all ages and abilities in reaching their full potential.
The ACHa Fellow will support our core programs: ACHa Connects, Family Self-Sufficiency Program and WorkSmart West Philly. Reporting to the Executive Director, the fellow will have an opportunity to provide direct services, manage projects, implement volunteer projects and help build infrastructure for the organization. The fellow will also learn about nonprofit fundraising, leadership, stakeholder engagement, policy research and advocacy. Qualified candidates should be comfortable working in an urban and nonprofit environment that requires flexibility, good communication skills and the ability to work individually and as part of a team. General computer skills, including word processing, excel, internet and email are a plus.
AMAZEworks provides curricula, programs, training, and consultation to create equity and belonging for all, because there is power in belonging.
Using Anti-Bias Education theory as a framework for identity development, appreciating differences, and understanding bias, prejudice, and stereotypes, AMAZEworks creates the conditions for belonging and equity and enables people of all ages to engage fully in their relationships with each other and the work that they do in classrooms and workplaces.
AMAZEworks offers anti-bias education curriculum, programs, and training for schools, and organizational and individual cultural assessments, consultation, and equity training for communities, nonprofits, municipalities, and for-profit businesses.
Program Coordinator Intern-
•Conduct research on equity and education topics, including but not limited to, implicit bias, Anti-Bias Education, and culturally responsive teaching, to inform and support AMAZEworks curriculum and programming.
•Review and provide feedback on curriculum lessons.
•Contribute through research and writing to the monthly e-newsletter.
•Observe, participate in, and contribute to Anti-Bias Education trainings and workshops.
•Analyze and synthesize program evaluation data.
•Support communication efforts through social media
•General office support as needed.
•Other related duties as assigned.
Population - our target audience is mainly educators - no direct work with children. Most work will be internal with AMAZEworks staff
•Work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
•Strong written, oral and interpersonal communication skills
•Strategic and creative problem-solving skills
•Proven ability to organize time and work in an effective manner, and to prioritize and manage numerous deadlines and tasks
•Action-oriented, adaptable, and takes initiative
•Quick learner, creative thinker, independent worker
•Passion, integrity, and a positive attitude
•Understanding of and commitment to AMAZEworks’s mission and values: valuing Anti-Bias Education and social justice
American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia is dedicated to preserving the civil liberties enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Through litigation, lobbying, and communications, the ACLU of Georgia works to preserve and enhance the rights of all citizens of Georgia without political partisanship. Foremost among these rights are freedom of speech and religion, the right to equal treatment under law, and the right to privacy.
The national ACLU was founded in 1920 and is made up of 52 state affiliates. The Georgia affiliate, originally founded in 1970 is now comprised of 15 staff, 22,000 members (in all 159 counties of the state), and over 80,00 supporters. Each day, through community engagement, communications, lobbying, and litigation, the ACLU of Georgia fights to preserve and enhance the rights assured to all people without regard to politics or partisanship. We are a multi issue organization, with current priorities in voter rights and criminal justice reform. We stand for the right to vote, free speech, LGBT rights, racial justice, criminal justice reform, women’s rights, reproductive rights, immigrants’ rights, and other freedoms that are vital to our democracy.
Voter Rights Organizer-
The ACLU of GA seeks an energetic and dynamic voter rights organizer who will help grow and develop the affiliate’s capacity to educate and mobilize ACLU members, supporters and the general public around core voter rights issues, with an emphasis on the issue of redistricting. With the 2020 census approaching, we have an opportunity to advance an agenda that calls for a fair and transparent redistricting process while simultaneously working to correct the many barriers voters experienced in accessing the ballot in the 2018 election.
Primary duties and responsibilities:
- Organize community meetings and events on redistricting and other voter rights issues; this includes logistics, outreach, and helping to develop the agendas. Fellow will be trained in facilitation as well to be able to apply those skills in community meetings.
- Coordinate in-district meetings with state legislators in target locations.
- Coordinate volunteers to engage in on-the-ground monitoring of the election process, including attending Election Board meetings in target locations.
- Develop and/or execute creative tactics to educate, engage and mobilize ACLU members and the public to get involved in our campaign; similarly, develop and/or execute tactics that engage elected officials to champion our issues.
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
Bread & Roses Community Fund (BRCF) is a unique partnership of donors and activists who share a vision for a just society in which power and resources are distributed equitably. Bread & Roses was originally founded in 1970 as the People’s Fund – a radical anti-establishment social justice fund – and was re-established in 1977 as Bread & Roses Community Fund. Bread & Roses raises money from individual donors in the community to provide grants, technical assistance, and leadership development to constituent-led, grassroots, social change organizations in the Philadelphia region. The grants BRCF gives are raised and distributed by a cross-race, cross-class, inter-generational group of community members. Bread & Roses centers all of its work around its motto: change, not charity.
Program Associate Position 1- Giving Project Team
The Program Associate reports to the Director of Donor Organizing and will provide administrative support for the Giving Project team. In this role, the Fellow will be a part of all planning sessions for Giving Project meetings. This includes developing logistics agendas, arranging for childcare, and ordering supplies and food for each Giving Project meeting. The Fellow will attend all Giving Project meetings, lead in room set-up/clean-up, while maintaining a high level of hospitality during Giving Project meetings. In addition to supporting the facilitation team, the Fellow will be responsible for taking photos at Giving Project meetings, taking notes during decision-making processes, and responding to any emerging needs of participants and/or the facilitation team.
The Program Associate will take the lead in managing logistics for Meet the Changemakers, a special event in which Giving Project participants meet with grassroots organizers that have received a grant from Bread & Roses. The Program Associate will be responsible for contacting and confirming groups, creating outreach materials, ordering food and supplies and handling on-site logistics for the event. Working closely with the Giving Project facilitation team, the Program Associate will also coordinate with the other staff to schedule interviews with applicant groups and Giving Project participants.
As part of the Giving Project team, the Fellow will have a variety of opportunities to learn about PoC-centered strategies for group facilitation and curriculum building in a highly collaborative environment.
Program Associate Position 2- Under Grant making Director
The position will include: researching and interacting with grassroots community organizers and other local leaders; reviewing and cataloging grant proposals from a wide array of community organizations; and coordinating events for the wider Bread & Roses community.
As the first point of contact for grassroots community organizers within the organization, the QVS Fellow will be responsible for aiding and supporting organizations as they complete their applications. Throughout the year, the QVS Fellow will be responsible for scheduling interviews and site visits with these same organizers. By following actions, movements, and victories around the city, the Fellow will contribute to the Bread & Roses newsletter and internal knowledge of the organization’s grantees.
The QVS Fellow will serve as project manager for our annual Jonathan Lax Scholarship for Gay Men Reception. The reception marks the culmination of the Lax scholarship application process that the Fellow will have managed over the course of their year. The reception happens in the second half of the QVS year, when the Fellow has gained enough experience to take the reins.
There is no typical day in the life of a Bread & Roses Community Fund QVS Fellow, and we like to think that’s what makes it so exciting!
Bridging was founded in July of 1987 by the Outreach Networking Ministry team of Pax Christi Catholic Community in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, to provide quality furniture and household items free of charge to those in need. Bridging operated as a ministry for five years before becoming a separate 501(c) (3) non-profit in 1992. Having moved to various locations, in 1997 Bridging took ownership of the Bloomington Minnesota warehouse and central offices, located at 201 West 87th Street. Fueled by increased demand, Bridging expanded its service by opening a warehouse in Roseville in November 2006. Between our current locations in Bloomington and Roseville, Bridging operates 64,000 square feet of warehouse space and is considered the largest Furniture Bank in the United States. We partner with approximately 150 area social service agencies who refer their clients to our services. Clients come to one of our two warehouses and our guided by (volunteer) personal shoppers to select the items that they need to make their house a home.
Fellow Position:Client Services Fellow
Primary duties and responsibilities:
- Assist the clients in their shopping experience - helping them select their furniture and household items
- Driving a Bridging truck (training provided) to either assist in the delivery of furniture/household items to clients or picking up the furniture/household items that will be donated to clients
- Oversee and assist with volunteer groups in the warehouse
- Assist in special projects related to Client Services as assigned by the Client Service Manager (i.e. Poverty Simulation Trainings, Advocacy events, client/prospective client follow-up)
- Help with item intake when donors drop off items that will be given to the clients
- Organize warehouse items in a safe and efficient manner
- Assist clients by filling their orders in the warehouse when they come to pick up their items
- Perform other Bridging activities as needed
The Fellow will be working with a wide variety of populations and demographics. Our volunteers range in age from 14 all the way up to 90+. The majority of our clients (90%) have a household income of $20,000 and 56% of them are transitioning out of homelessness. There are clients who have both mental/physical disabilities as well as many for whom English is not their primary language. We do ask our agency partners to provide care attendants/translators in these situations.
The person must have a true heart for service and for those who are experiencing difficult life situations. They should have an open mind and be able to treat others with dignity and respect at all times. We place a high value on diversity, equity and inclusion. This person must be a hard worker and be flexible to do whatever it takes to get the job done. The tasks of this role are imperative to our service delivery. There is a lot of physical labor involved. They should be positive, upbeat and excellent relationally and possess outstanding customer service skills. There will be much interaction with clients, caseworkers, volunteers and donors.
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.
Committed to mutual respect and understanding, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon brings together diverse communities of faith to learn, serve and advocate for justice, peace and the integrity of creation.
The HIV Day Center is a drop in center for low income people living with HIV/AIDS. The Day Center provides hot breakfasts and lunches four days each week. Staff are available for counseling, information and referral, and help with problem solving. Day Center clients have access to phones, a mail drop, computers with internet access, WiFi, washer and dryer, clothing, a shower and hygiene supplies. The Day Center also provides therapeutic and recreational activities. Massage, haircuts, foot care and acupuncture are provided by volunteer practitioners.
The HIV Day Center opened in Portland in May 1990. Created in direct response to needs outlined by a coalition of healthcare providers in 1987, the Day Center was the first free-standing, community-based program of its kind in the United States.
Clients can self-refer to the Day Center; the only requirements are that they are HIV positive and have incomes below 300 percent of the federal poverty level. There are no fees for any Day Center service.
The Activities and Event Coordinator is responsible for the planning and implementation of on- and off-site psychosocial support activities for clients at Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s HIV Day Center. The Activities and Events Coordinator will also coordinate the Holiday Giving Tree program, attend events such as Pride and World AIDS Day, and manage the activity calendar monthly. This position will assist in the cooking and kitchen duties when needed and assist the project Coordinator with tasks such as contributing to the Day Center social media sites, client newsletter, and outreach opportunities. The Activities and Events Coordinator will record activities and participation to HIV Services Storiicare software and assist in tracking attendance on the software.
This position will monitor and coordinate services related to client basic needs, including laundry, showers, toiletries, mail, and clothing closet. The Activities and Events Coordinator will encourage a spirit of hospitality, organization and community within the HIV Day Center. This position will concurrently ensure the safety of clients, staff and volunteers by enforcing client compliance with HIV Day Center rules and policies.
The Education Law Center’s mission is to ensure access to a quality public education for all children in Pennsylvania. We pursue this mission by focusing on the most underserved students: children living in poverty, children of color, children with disabilities, children in the foster care and juvenile justice systems, children experiencing homelessness, English learners, LGBTQ and gender-nonconforming students – and many who are at the intersection of these identities.
ELC began in 1975 in Philadelphia with one attorney, a VISTA volunteer, and a part-time secretary. Our organization has grown considerably over the last four decades to two offices statewide, 17 employees, and 19 board directors. Today, we are a known community resource for students and their families and a known leader in public education reform—in the Greater Philadelphia region, throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and nationally. ELC remains the only legal advocacy organization in Pennsylvania, and one of just a few in the nation, exclusively devoted to helping students and families overcome barriers to accessing a quality public education. Our three key priority areas include: 1) Ensuring Equal Access to quality public schools; 2) Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline; and 3) Fighting for Fair Funding. Together, these areas strategically help us achieve our long-term vision where all children – regardless of ability, race or ethnicity, gender or sexual identity, native language, or economic situation – have access to a high-quality public education and the opportunity to reach their full potential.
The Policy Fellow will work directly with Policy Director to assist with our K-12 education advocacy efforts in Pennsylvania. The Fellow may:
conducting social science research on various education issues
• Conduct social science research on various education issues
• Collect and analyze data for use in legislative and other advocacy
• Write policy analyses and policy briefs connected to legislation, research, and advocacy
• Work with community members as we help them advocate with policy makers
• Assist the communications team with media activities, including drafting press releases, background briefings, editorial board meetings, and maintaining up-to-date media lists
• Expand our contacts with public education activists and community groups throughout the state by identifying new contacts (from existing relationships, news articles, phone calls and e-mails addressed to us, etc.), talking with them to learn their concerns and to share our perspectives, and bringing them into our networks.
The Fellow should be a motivated individual who is able to work in a team environment, and have the following: excellent interpersonal, writing, and computer skills; superior organization skills; interest in education-related issues or child advocacy; experience with quantitative analyses a plus; ability to help with graphic design (e.g. ability to create effective infographics) a plus; ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously; ability to work independently; flexibility and a sense of humor.
The mission of Fleisher Art Memorial is to make art accessible to everyone, regardless of economic means, background, or artistic experience.
Fleisher nurtures creativity in our community, engaging children and adults of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and experiences in immersive experiences that build bridges and deepen community bonds over a common curiosity in art-making and learning. We work to dismantle barriers to arts access, whether geographic, psychological, or economic. Our vision is to foster a diverse and just world where everyone can access art.
Located in South Philadelphia, Fleisher is recognized as the nation’s oldest community school of the arts. It was founded by Samuel Fleisher in 1898 as a place where anyone, especially those that otherwise lacked access to creative enrichment, could enroll in an art class. Fleisher has 25 staff members and 75 teaching artists.
A strong reputation attracts art-makers from throughout the region, but we focus our engagement efforts on our surrounding South Philadelphia neighborhoods, a diverse and changing area that has historically been the arrival point for many immigrant families. Applying strategies to make our campus and programs more welcoming, accessible, and relevant to new audiences not only helps us attract participants, but also leads to a deeper level of engagement with our current students, neighbors, and visitors.
Community & Exhibitions Fellow
Primary duties include:
• Assisting in the development and implementation of community engagement strategies that make exhibitions and special projects more engaging and relevant to diverse audiences
• Planning workshops/lectures/events in collaboration with community members and program staff, including: a) Common Space, a series of concerts/performances where immigrant and refugee organizations host events in Fleisher's historic Sanctuary space; b) Dia de los Muertos, an altar celebration and community procession planned with a committee of Latinx activists and artists; c) The Third Space: Japanese American Resettlement in Greater Philadelphia, an upcoming exhibition at Fleischer with related education programming
• Coordinating meetings with community members, artists, and activists in South Philadelphia
The Fellow will work primarily with audiences in South Philadelphia, historically the arrival point for many immigrant and refugee families. Fleisher is at the geographic center of these diverse and vibrant communities. To Fleisher’s south are more economically challenged neighborhoods, home to Mexican, Chinese, Cambodian, Nepalese, Laotian, Bhutanese, Indonesian, Venezuelan, and Vietnamese immigrant populations.
The Community & Exhibitions Fellow should be committed to working with diverse community members to help them find and keep a sense of place in a rapidly changing South Philadelphia using the power of art, creativity, and culture. The Fellow will help to plan and implement strategies that make exhibitions and special projects more engaging to community members. The Fellow should have excellent communication skills, the ability to work both collaboratively and independently, and a strong interest in the impact of community-driven art.
The Friends School of Minnesota is a K-8 progressive education school grounded in Quaker values. FSMN was founded in 1988 and is located in the Midway neighborhood of Saint Paul. We currently have 135 students and 35 faculty and staff.
In the tradition of more than 80 Quaker Friends Schools across the United States, Friends School of Minnesota meets children’s intellectual, emotional and spiritual needs in an environment that nurtures their social consciousness. We offer a rich, progressive education program where in-depth academic studies are supported by Quaker values and peaceful forms of conflict resolution. We believe that children learn best as active participants, collaborators, and problem-solvers within a community. We emphasize environmental education and we have specialists in music, visual arts, physical education, and Spanish.
We are a diverse community with students from a broad range of religious and non-religious backgrounds, including eight percent from Quaker families. We welcome ethnic and economic diversity. Two of our three senior management team members (Head of School and Business Manager) are Quakers, as are over 50% of our governing School Committee.
Fellow Position 1, Communications and Lunchroom Assistant:
As Communications Assistant, they will work closely with the Director of Communications and other advancement team staff to drive our marketing efforts, with particular focus on social media. They will prepare and post content on Facebook, Instagram, our website and other platforms. They will help create advertising content. They will interview students, faculty, alumni and community members to gather and write stories for our blog, newsletter, annual reports and press. They will attend school events and daily classroom activities to take photos, and help archive and access photos for use in the above marketing efforts.
At mid-day, the fellow will oversee the lunchroom, ensuring proper behavior, healthy social interaction, and healthy eating. Once or twice a week they will also help distribute food (we currently a weekly pizza day, and daily milk program). This is much more than just a food program - we want every aspect of our school to be consistent with our school values and practices, and a healthy safe environment for our students. They come to the lunchroom by grade, so each shift has approximately 30 children. This position can be challenging as children have a lot of energy, but it is a wonderful opportunity to get to every student in the school.
Fellow Position 2, Teaching Assistant-
Teaching Assistants are valued members of the FSMN instructional team. Working with master teachers, TAs provide group and individual support for students in and out of the classroom. They are trained to be able to step in for teachers as needed as adjunct instructors.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
Work collaboratively with classroom teacher in all aspects of classroom life. Provide one-on-one or small group instructional support. Learn and understand the class materials and instructional methods used by the teacher. Know how to operate audiovisual equipment and have proficient computer skills. Maintain academic records and prepare instructional materials. Support and model FSMN positive discipline policy. Adapt to lead teacher’s class culture and expectations. Maintain adequate classroom behavior with or without lead teacher’s presence. Help to keep students on task during work time. Support a diverse group of students regardless of skill level. Design and implement an age-appropriate lesson plan when necessary. Model communication and social skills embedded in FSMN’s conflict resolution process. Perform substitute duties in a teacher’s absence. Accompany students on field trips, some of which are overnight. Other duties as assigned by the Assistant Head of School.
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.
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.
The Furniture Bank's mission is to create stability for families and individuals in need by distributing donated furniture to turn their houses into homes.
The Furniture Bank was founded in 1988 in response to the lack of furniture resources for families moving out of homelessness. In 2010 the Furniture Bank purchased a warehouse in the West End of Atlanta. After necessary renovations the Furniture Bank moved to this warehouse in 2012. Since its start in 1988 the Furniture Bank has grown to partner with over 200 other nonprofit agencies in the Atlanta area and help over 5,000 people each year. In 2014 the Furniture Bank began its Veteran Employment Program to help homeless Veterans obtain full time employment in the warehouse and truck driving industries.
The Furniture Bank serves individuals and families moving out of homelessness, fleeing domestic violence, living with HIV/AIDS, and living below the poverty level and experiencing a crisis that has left them without furniture (such as fire, flooding, bed bugs, etc.). Furniture Bank clients are in housing without any basic furniture necessities. Some have never had proper furniture. Most are sleeping and eating on the floor.
The Furniture Bank helps clients become self-sufficient by improving financial, physical and emotional health. In a follow-up survey ninety days after receiving furniture, 96% of Furniture Bank clients report that they have maintained safe and stable housing. The Furniture Bank has 12 full time staff persons and 1 location. In 2019 the Furniture Bank provided furniture to 5,613 people, an 11% increase from 2018.
The QVS Fellow will further the Furniture Bank’s mission in a variety of ways. Some are listed below:
• Help clients select furniture during private shopping appointments
• Answering phone calls from clients and answering questions about the referral process
• Help lead volunteer groups from churches and companies
• Help with Furniture Bank fundraisers as needed
• Help with client testimonials for marketing purposes
Veteran Employment Program:
• Help veterans with resumes and job applications
Typically people who do best at the Furniture Bank are comfortable taking initiative, flexible and have a sense of humor. The Fellow will be given supervision and direction but will be expected to work independently.
Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence's mission is: Collaborate. Advocate. Educate. Empower. GCADV envisions a Georgia free of domestic violence. GCADV's guiding principles and core values include: Empowerment and Self-Determination; Safety; Diversity and Equality; Survivor-centered Response; Social Change and Collaboration; Systems Accountability; Commitment to Nonviolence; Confidentiality; Integrity; Safe Space; Responsibility to Mission and Team; Remembering and honoring the “Herstory” of the Movements; Celebrate. Our goals are to empower survivors and the programs that serve them, educate the public, and advocate for responsive public policy. Our strength is in numbers, as we collaborate throughout Georgia to stop domestic violence. We support our mission by fostering quality services for victims by increasing the capacity of members and service providers, mobilizing a statewide voice to increase public policy development that helps victims and prevents DV, and educating the public to take action and prevent domestic violence. Overall, GCADV values, Equity, Wholeness, and Freedom.
Originally formed as a grassroots volunteer agency in 1980 as the Georgia Network Against Domestic Violence, the organization grew out of the overwhelming need for domestic violence agencies to form a statewide network of programs to coordinate and expand the services available to victims of domestic violence in Georgia, increase public awareness, and achieve crucial legislation to protect domestic violence victims, including state-funding for domestic violence programs. GCADV has a staff of 14 and is located in Decatur, GA. Projects include: Training & TA, Child & Youth, Community Engagement, Disabilities, Deaf Advocacy, Housing, Public Policy, Justice for Incarcerated Survivors. GCADV serves the State of Georgia.
Position Description:Justice for Incarcerated Survivors Project Coordinator
This position will coordinate the Justice for Incarcerated Survivors Project (JFIS), oversee project evaluation and outcome measurement for GCADV programs, oversee the Homicide Database, and conduct policy research as needed. This is a dynamic and exciting position that will be a cornerstone in the development of GCADV’s efforts to address domestic violence (DV) from a myriad of frameworks.
As the coordinator of the JFIS this person will work with the Dept. of Corrections, Board of Pardons and Paroles, and volunteer advocates and attorneys to assist women in Georgia’s prison who are victims of DV to assist those whose victimization played a significant impact on their imprisonment.
This position would also support GCADV’s evaluation activities and is responsible for assisting GCADV staff with project evaluation and monitoring, designing evaluation and data collection tools, collecting and analyzing data, and incorporating data and evaluation findings into project reports and other key GCADV communications. In addition this position would oversee the data collection for the domestic violence homicide database and conduct policy research to help guide GCADV’s public policy agenda.
It would be ideal for the person filling this position to have experience in project oversight, design, and management, the ability to work with populations in and from a wide range of systems and backgrounds, experience in project evaluation and design, and an abundant interest in social justice work.
The Georgia Conservation Voters Education Fund's mission is to mobilize Georgians to advance climate and environmental justice through education, advocacy, and other forms of civic engagement. GCV believes that everyone deserves the right to breathe clean air, drink clean water, eat healthy foods and live in a world free from environmental harm. The GCV Education Fund envisions a future where Georgians and their leaders have changed to place a high priority on building a just, inclusive, sustainable, and resilient state. Since re-launching in 2018, we have been working to advance progress on clean energy and environmental justice and to grow the civic participation of environmentalists. We are focused on mobilizing in communities all throughout Georgia, including the state’s major cities and some rural areas. Our team is made up of four wonderful people that can be found on our website.
Clean Energy For All Fellow-
The Clean Energy for All Fellow will support our Clean Energy Organizer in educating members and customers about the purpose and actions of Electric Membership Co-ops and municipal utilities and supporting them to become active in board elections to advance clean energy and efficiency throughout the state. Alongside our organizers, fellows will support building a sustained organizing and grassroots action effort in priority areas of the state, which include: metro Atlanta, Augusta, Savannah/Brunswick, Albany, and Columbus. All of these areas that have large concentrations of African American and low-income people, people who are burdened by high utility bills, and/or are in close proximity to power infrastructure (i.e. Plant Vogtle near Augusta). This person’s main roles include reaching out to and training younger and more diverse voters of color on environmental issues; This role works closely with community partners, progressive coalitions, and national League of Conservation Voters Education Fund Clean Energy for All partners and staff for a strong program that drives individuals through the full cycle of civic engagement. Key qualifications include 0 - 2 years of experience working on voter registration, political campaigns, community organizing, or labor organizing campaigns; Ability to work independently within the context of a plan; Experience with organizing communities of color; Experience communicating about issues on social media; and using online database and field reporting systems, like EveryAction or the VAN.
Headwaters Foundation for Justice's mission is to amplify the power of community to advance equity and justice. Our work is:
People-centered. Everything we do has roots in community. People-informed. Trusted volunteers guide our strategies, grantmaking decisions, and fundraising. Power-shared. We use our foundation platform to strengthen social justice movement work.
Advance equity: Our work supports movements and systems change that lead to individual resiliency and community power.
Demand inclusion: People who are most affected by inequity are often left out of decision-making work. We insist on changing that—nationally, regionally, and locally.
Transform power: We grow power through community-led grantmaking, donor education, and leadership development.
Trust in community: A community knows itself best, and its people need to lead the way to collective liberation. Our job is to listen to and support the solutions that will improve life for all Minnesotans.
Headwaters Foundation for Justice (HFJ) was established in 1984 when a group of thoughtful, progressive donors got together. They believed the people who directly experienced society’s injustices were essential to ending them. They used that belief to change philanthropy’s landscape, and created a new grant-making model—one that shifted power away from funders and placed decision-making in the hands of the people. This was the start of an innovative, community-centered, trust-centered model.
Today, HFJ still relies on a community-centered model to guide all of our funding decisions. Our participatory grant-making programs prioritize community organizing that is led by Black People, Indigenous People, and people of color (BIPOC). To date, we have awarded more than $10 million to grassroots organizations across Minnesota. We have 10 staff members and 4 key programs including Community Innovation Grants, Giving Project, Fund of the Sacred Circle, and Support Beyond the Dollars. We serve grass-root community organizing non-profits with a focus on social justice.
The QVS Fellow will serve as a Program Assistant supporting the work of HFJ by; Developing Programming and building relationships with teams; Development, in supporting committee work retreat planning, events support, and maintaining records; Network and Narrative work by supporting the creation of an editorial map for FY19 annual report, produce newsletters, highlighting movement leadership projects, and boosting a social media strategy; and Operations and Administration, providing welcoming support to guests, connecting to donors and tracking their gifts, and managing organizational mail.
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.
L’Arche Portland is a faith-based organization in which people with and without intellectual disabilities create home and build community together. The focus of life in L’Arche is creating home with adults with disabilities, rather than just providing services to them. L’Arche believes in the power of relationship in community to transform lives and bring real home and genuine love to those whose deepest suffering is not their disability, but their experience of isolation and loneliness. L’Arche is a leader in demonstrating to Oregonians the quality care and companionship that is possible. It distinguishes itself by caring about people, rather than caring for people. L’Arche imparts to the broader community its vision of the unique value of every person, our need for one another, and the transforming power of mutual relationships.
During the first three months of orientation, QVS Fellows can expend to spent up to 70% of their time learning caregiving tasks with the support of the Live-in Assistant (caregiver) team. The rest of their time will be evenly split between relationship building with members of our communities (both based in the homes and at L'[email protected] gatherings), and researching socializing opportunities in the Portland area that reflect current interests. Once orientation is completed, the QVS fellow will work with house teams and gathering circles to create a schedule of ways for people to connect and build friendships in 1-1 or small group settings. This brainstorming will need to account for home-based ways to connect, community-based activities, and even ways to connect long-distance.
However, the particular emphasis of this role will be bridging social activities across our new Westside L'Arche community, and our more established Eastside community. It can involve events that bridge relationships between our homes on the Eastside. In addition to the Site Supervisor, the QVS fellow will work directly with the Community Coordinators to learn about community traditions, celebrations, and events. The QVS fellow will work with the Outreach Coordinator to organize a way to share any scheduled activities that have an open invitation, and expand upon existing community partnerships with local businesses. The QVS fellow will be supported by the Care Coordinator and House Coordinators to learn care routines and discuss possible accommodations to ensure all core members are able to participate in activities as desired.
Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN)'s role as a facilitator of municipal-level action is unique among Massachusetts environmental groups. We empower our local chapters by enhancing communication, promoting town-level projects that improve communities, decreasing climate change-causing pollution, and reducing development time for those projects. MCAN speaks on behalf of all chapters to improve Massachusetts energy and climate policies and programs.
- Support local MCAN chapters to implement change at the municipal level. Municipalities have been the most active level of government to fight climate change on a worldwide basis.
- Advocate at the state and regional level for policies and programs that will benefit municipalities and their citizens.
- Facilitate peer learning and tool-sharing to effectively replicate successful programs from one municipality to the next.
- Work with partner organizations, including neighborhood and faith associations and affinity groups, to help them take action on climate change.
Founded in 2000, MCAN has more than 40 chapters across MA, supported by one full time staffer (the Executive Director), paid interns, an active board, and numerous volunteers. Since our founding, we have helped our chapters accomplish local work ranging from climate action plans and greenhouse gas inventories to running solar buying programs and implementing energy efficiency in public buildings. At the state level, we have successfully advocated for passage and implementation of laws to help cities and towns do good work on climate, such as the green communities act and last year’s innovative clean energy bill.
Position Description- Local Clean Energy Organizing Fellow
MCAN facilitates a learning network of over 50 chapters, representing over 100 communities in Massachusetts. We help our chapters implement climate solutions on the local level, while giving them a voice on the statewide level on clean energy programs and policies. We are seeking a Fellow that will help make our program work possible by maintaining and strengthening relationships with our local chapters, from coaching them on community-wide campaigns to connecting them to resources and tools. Chapters and local groups need coaching and mentoring to help build their teams, make choices about what to pursue first, and think through how they will get it done. The Fellow would help these folks do all of those things, and therefore help towns and teams move from start to finish on projects and policies.
As a member of a statewide coalition of environmental leaders, MCAN's work is strengthened by our collaboration with our climate action, grassroots, and environmental justice partners. The 2021-2022 Fellow will have the chance to represent MCAN at community events, lobbying opportunities, and convenings with our state and local partners.
We are seeking a Fellow who is responsible, detail-oriented, and passionate about climate activism and community organizing. Because we are a small non-profit, our Fellow plays a vital role in facilitating and overseeing the campaign work of the organization; therefore we are looking for someone who is comfortable in leadership roles, eager to learn and ask questions, and energized by working in a collaborative environment.
Nationalities Service Center (NSC) is Philadelphia’s leading immigrant and refugee service organization empowering individuals to build a self-sustaining and dignified future. The Nationalities Service Center (NSC), believes that immigrants and refugees are a critical part of the fabric of life in the United States, and it is our vision that all immigrants and refugees achieve a life of dignity, safety, stability, sustainable opportunities and meaningful connections to their communities. To this end, NSC provides comprehensive services to immigrants and refugees, including legal protections, community integration, access to health and wellness services, and opportunities to achieve English language proficiency. Their dedicated staff are committed to ensuring that each of our clients receives high-quality holistic care and work together to refer clients to internal and external services based on the individual’s needs. Today, NSC serves 5,000 immigrants and refugees each year from over 100 countries around the world. They are the largest non-sectarian organization in the Greater Philadelphia area which provides comprehensive services in the areas of language access and proficiency, legal protections and remedies, community transition and integration, access to health and wellness, and job readiness training to immigrants and refugees.
There will be two possible Fellow job Descriptions for a placement with NSC.
1. Employment Readiness and Placement Case Manager-
The Employment Readiness and Placement (ERP) Team provides case management, job placement, job coaching, ESL and other job readiness courses to support refugees, asylees and other ORR eligible populations on their path to economic self-sufficiency. The ERP Case Manager works with clients to reduce barriers to employment and to provide information, tools and referrals to navigate life in the United States independently.
Responsibilities of the ERP Case Manager include:
• Assessing needs related to employment and adjustment.
• Connecting clients with appropriate information, resources and referrals.
• Tracking the progress of clients and their families.
• Communicating with internal programs and external partners on the behalf of clients.
• Escorting clients to health, welfare, and other appointments as needed.
• Maintaining accurate, timely and orderly case notes and documentation.
• Participating in department meetings as well as other agency, community and provider meetings.
• Conducting outreach to clients by distributing program materials at community events, local organizations and other sites frequented by immigrants and refugees.
• Attending appropriate workshops, webinars and other relevant professional development opportunities
2. Legal Assistant-
Under the supervision of the Senior Director of Legal Services & Immigration Policy, and working closely with other department staff, the Legal Assistant will assist in the provision of direct legal services to immigrants and refugees.
1. Assistance to the legal services staff with the preparation of cases and documents, includes substantial client contact, writing motions and affidavits, conducting consultations, researching legal and factual issues
2. File management, includes maintaining organized files and filing system, and following protocols for opening and closing files
3. Maintenance of client information on immigration software
4. Administrative tasks, include, but not limited to, filings before USCIS and EOIR, mail management, photocopying, assistance with other office tasks as assigned
5. Maintaining excellent communication with clients, includes answering and returning a high number of phone calls and emails
6. Outreach to client communities and organizations through public presentations
* Fluent in Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin, and/or French strongly preferred
New Avenues for Youth is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention and intervention of youth homelessness. Since 1997, our programs and services have impacted more than 20,000 young people as they work to overcome barriers, pursue their goals, and realize their potential. From supporting basic needs like meals and counseling to providing opportunities for education, job training, employment, and housing, we meet youth where they are—and help them get where they want to go.
Our mission is to work in partnership with our community to prevent youth homelessness and provide young people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness the resources and skills needed to lead healthy, productive lives.
SNAP Benefits and Administrative Specialist
The SNAP Benefits and Administrative Specialist will work with New Avenues PAVE job training program supporting homeless and at-risk youth ages 17-24 who come from diverse cultures and backgrounds. They will connect youth to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and applicable resources, and will work with the Administration Team to support critical back office functions. The position performs weekly data entry, direct youth support, and SNAP program enrollment assistance. As a part of the PAVE team, the SNAP Benefits Specialist will help maintain a structured, supportive and safe milieu in the PAVE Career Lab and Drop-In spaces, and will collaborate with staff across New Avenues in order to create a model that provides effective, comprehensive services for program youth.
A well-qualified candidate has the ability to swiftly build trust and rapport with youth. They also possess a strong desire to foster equitable food access, work with diverse staff and youth, problem solve, and they excel in a multi-cultural environment. Group facilitation and relationship-building skills are key to a successful QVS experience.
The Fellow will join a well-structured team environment that values youth voice, equitable program access, and the adaptability needed to sustain a dynamic job training problem for young people. They will also join an agency with more than two decades of experience providing services through multiple systems of care— housing, case management, meals, drug and alcohol recovery and mental-health supports, education, job training, culturally specific LGBTQIA+ youth supports, and more annually to 1,600+ individuals experiencing homelessness and housing instability.
Nonviolent Peaceforce protect civilians in violent conflicts through unarmed strategies. We build peace side by side with local communities. We advocate for the wider adoption of these approaches to safeguard human lives and dignity.
Nonviolent peacekeeping is a common vision that has flowed through Gandhi, Maude Roydon, Badshah Khan and so many others. It has occurred and recurred to enough people for generations that now many focus their lives and resources on making it real. NP responds to invitations by credible local organizations in armed conflict areas. After an analysis, our visibly nonpartisan teams live and work in communities alongside local people. Our activities have ranged from entering active conflict zones to remove civilians in the crossfire to providing opposing factions a safe space to negotiate. Other activities include serving as a communication link between warring factions, securing safe temporary housing for civilians displaced by war, providing violence prevention measures during elections and negotiating the return of kidnapped family members.
Co-Founders are Quaker activist David Hartsough and local organizer Mel Duncan. After meeting at the 1999 Hague Appeal for Peace, they reached out across the world to others and by 2002 constituted Nonviolent Peaceforce at a Convening Event in Surajkund, India with advocates from 49 countries in attendance. One year later, in fall 2003, Nonviolent Peaceforce had its first team in Sri Lanka. Current programs are based in Myanmar, Philippines, Iraq and South Sudan, with more than 250 field staff people (55% men, 45% women) who come from more than 35 countries and are professionally trained in the methods and work together with local civilians who are also hired by NP. A total of 15 staff are in the offices in Geneva and St Paul.
Communications and Major Donor Assistant-
Nonviolent Peaceforce is a global organization protecting civilians in violent conflicts through unarmed strategies while building peace side by side with local communities. We also advocate for the wider adoption of these approaches to safeguard human lives and dignity. Current programs are based in Myanmar, Philippines, Iraq and South Sudan. This position supports the work of the field programs, rather than providing direct service.
This position provides an opportunity to learn the functions involved in supporting a nonprofit organization, essential skills for nonprofits in any sector. Therefore, the overall goal of this position is to help development staff build meaningful relationships with current and prospective major donors. The tasks are to assist with fundraising, online communications and marketing, and general donor outreach and may include online communication planning, social media management, online research, writing and editing, data entry, working with volunteers, and general clerical work. The identification of prospective major donors is critical, so conducting prospect research, creating compelling communications materials to help donors understand the impact of their contributions and participating in special action campaigns is important.
Required Qualifications: ability to follow ethical standards, use discretion to deal with confidential and sensitive information; experience and ability in internet web searches; good writing skills; attention to detail; able to follow written and verbal directions well; able to work autonomously; commitment to work cooperatively; and commitment to the mission of Nonviolent Peaceforce and interest in learning about unarmed civilian protection; and able to learn from both successes and mistakes.
Outside In‘s mission is to assist homeless youth and other low-income and marginalized people move toward improved health and self-sufficiency. Outside In, established in 1968, has continually revised services to respond to changing client needs. We operate a Federally Qualified Health Center and are state-certified for both mental health treatment and alcohol and drug treatment services. Current programs include a Clinic and Homeless Youth Department. The Clinic is a cutting-edge blend of western and alternative medicine. It is a teaching site for Oregon Health Sciences University, and provides western medicine, naturopathic, acupuncture, Chinese herbal, chiropractic, and dental care. The Clinic provides healthcare five days per week and 28,000 visits annually. The Youth Department serves about 800 homeless youth annually. A Day Program provides safety off the streets and basic needs resources, including 3 meals per day, 6 days per week. It also offers other wraparound supports including case management, QueerZone supports for LGBTQ youth, mental health treatment, alcohol and drug treatment, 30 units of on-site housing, 50 units of housing in the community, our “Urban Ed” Alternative School, an employment center, and the Virginia Woof Dog Daycare/Job Training Center. This past year, 7 youth obtained their GED, 32 enrolled in college, 126 were employed, and 124 youth were supported in our housing options. 92% of youth graduating from Transitional Housing did not return to the streets.
Youth and Benefits Specialist: The goal of this position is to support homeless youth in transitioning from street life to self-sufficiency. The Youth and Benefits Specialist helps facilitate day-to-day services offered in the Day Program, a drop-in program for homeless youth. They will assist youth in accessing basic needs resources (food, showers, laundry, etc.) as well as actively work to build relationship and engage youth to access other needed resources and supports. Position responsibilities include: initial orientation of new youth; educating youth about resources and supports; crisis counseling (harm reduction counseling); assistance to ensure youth access eligible benefits (SNAP and Medicaid); supporting youth in identifying and accomplishing their goals by assisting them in successfully engaging and connecting with resources and supports; facilitating youth development activities; and tracking services provided to youth.
Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE) advances policies and institutional actions that promote racial equity and shared prosperity for all in the growth of metropolitan Atlanta and the American South.
(PSE), has been advancing the cause of equity through a ecosystem-based model for multi-demographic engagement in the City of Atlanta and the surrounding metropolitan region – a bustling area emblematic of many Southern communities riven by racial, economic and class disparities.
Using its strength in its ability to connect, educate, and empower diverse individuals and organizations to encourage just, sustainable practices for shared prosperity, PSE has stood at the forefront of promoting balanced growth and shared prosperity throughout metropolitan Atlanta and the American South.
Focusing on three key areas: energy, growth and opportunity, PSE has developed strong partnerships, which have resulted in a series of successful policy initiatives that helped elevate and enable the communities we serve.
Just Growth Racial Equity Fellow:
The QVS Fellow will be responsible for communications needs of the Just Growth Portfolio, including preparation of brief articles, social media posts, updating web content and ongoing communications with Just Growth Circle members and key stakeholders. Fellow will also be working directly with community leaders in southeast Atlanta around the equitable and ecological revitalization of their community - assisting with logistics and communications regarding community planning sessions. Fellow will also assist with deliver of community academy on equitable development practices. Written and verbal communication skills essential, as well as comfort working directly with community members. Organizational skills also critical
Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN) is a consumer focused organization working to expand access and improve the quality of the Commonwealth's health coverage options. Since 2007, PHAN has brought consumer voices into discussions of health equity, reaching vulnerable populations in underserved communities.
PHAN has brought together health care consumers and community organizations to advocate for expanded access to health care in Pennsylvania since 2007. PHAN blends coalition-building and policy advocacy with our unique model of community health organizing that focuses on supporting and empowering consumers to get the treatment they need and become advocates for better healthcare in their local communities and statewide. PHAN has a long history of successful campaigns, including expanding Medicaid in Pennsylvania; protecting seniors’ access to care in Western PA; mobilizing Pennsylvanians to defend the Affordable Care Act, and building a group of housing and health advocates to push for needed housing services available through Medicaid.
Regardless of the policy issue, PHAN prioritizes bringing consumer voices and stories to the forefront of the debate and has a deep, successful history of engaging vulnerable populations in discussions that will ultimately impact their access to care and build a more equitable health system. PHAN also provides technical assistance and policy and communications expertise to its 550+ diverse community partners, who participate in PHAN-led coalitions on such issues as: opposing Medicaid work requirements, ending surprise medical billing, and supportive housing services. PHAN’s advocacy work is built on the organization’s direct connections with communities – both rural and urban- throughout Pennsylvania. As a federally-certified healthcare navigator organization, PHAN’s staff enrolls people in Medicaid, CHIP, and marketplace coverage. Over the past five years, PHAN has enrolled over 9,500 in healthcare coverage and fielded tens of thousands more calls through our statewide helpline.
Community Health Organizer
The OVS Fellow is integral to PHAN running its statewide helpline, which provides phone assistance to people from all over Pennsylvania who wouldn't otherwise have help. While much of the work is done over the phone, people are often calling PHAN out of frustration or even desperation, because they have not been able to get health insurance or have struggled with problems with their health plan. These people often need a reassuring voice and someone willing to go beyond what a normal "call center" would do to provide real solutions and hope when they need it the most. We do this in a way that feels friendly, open, and supportive. All of this work we do to uncover the hidden problems in our health system and elevate it for advocacy to change the system.
This is a critical part of our advocacy process, and involves a lot of details. The Fellow answers phone calls, helps identify the problem or issue, and works with callers to directly resolve that problem or issue by referring them to resources, enrolling them in health insurance coverage, filing a complaint or appeal, or helping the consumer call another entity, like a health plan, doctor, hospital, or state agency. The Fellow screens uninsured individuals and educates them about health insurance options, helps people make informed decisions in an impartial way, listens to a consumer's needs and explains options to them, and often provides intensive support and follow up. All along the way, the fellow documents the process and interactions.
Ultimately, the Fellow is engaged in other forms of advocacy and engaged in broader community outreach. The Fellow also helps collect people's stories and prepares them to speak publicly about their healthcare experiences. When possible, the Fellow can help PHAN develop community members as leaders to include furthering meaningful community dialogue around health issues, barriers, and people-focused solutions.
Purpose Built Schools mission is to turn around failing schools and put all children on a trajectory for success through college and in their careers. In the process, we will help revitalize the neighborhood they serve.
Our vision of success is to see every child living in our neighborhoods on a trajectory for success through college and in their careers.
Purpose Built Schools has a proven record of helping turn around schools in historically low-income neighborhoods. Not far away in Atlanta’s East Lake neighborhood, we helped open Drew Charter School in 2000, providing the cradle-to-college education pipeline for the holistic community revitalization of the East Lake community in southeast Atlanta. We manage four schools (two elementary, one middle and one high school) in the south Atlanta neighborhoods. Purpose Built Schools is solely responsible for recruiting, hiring, supervising and evaluating all ~350 of our school personnel. Every adult at our schools is a Purpose Built Schools employee.
The schools in our neighborhoods serve some of the most under-served families living in poverty in the state. Carver STEAM Academy has the most students living in poverty of any high school in Georgia. Price Middle School and Thomasville Heights Elementary School have the second most students living in poverty for any middle and elementary schools in Georgia. Slater Elementary School has the 37th highest number of students living in poverty for an elementary school in Georgia.
Classroom Assistant, Small group literacy/math instructor, College and Career persistence counselor-
a. Planning, implementing, and monitoring instruction and interventions as necessary
b. Leveraging robust research-based curricula, resources, and strategies to enhance instruction
c. Using a variety of data collection measures to drive instruction and intervention.
d. Fostering classroom culture that facilitates intrinsic drive for learning and personal growth among students.
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GROWTH
a. Participating in joint planning during teacher planning time.
b. Reﬂecting on teaching practices and seeking appropriate help and support from the leadership team.
c. Collaborating through learning communities on topics of mutual interest, such as vertical alignment of the curriculum, literacy strategies, etc.
COLLABORATIVE AND TEAM ORIENTED
a. Leading joint planning or collaborative learning communities, when appropriate to the candidate's interests and strengths.
SERVING THE WHOLE CHILD
a. Proactively communicate with family and/or guardians.
b. Involve community stakeholders in learning experiences for students, when appropriate.
c. Other duties as assigned.
Our Saviour's Housing program operates an emergency shelter, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing for single adults. The English Learning Center program provides free English language instruction, plus tutoring in math, computer and citizenship test preparation for newly arrived refugees and immigrants. Our Saviour's Housing program provides emergency shelter, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing plus a wide array of support services for those who are homeless in our community.Both programs are focused on serving adults primarily in south Minneapolis, Minnesota.
All of our offices and workspaces are located in close proximity to one another in an urban neighborhood in south Minneapolis. Our mission is accomplished by about 40 staff members, including 27 full time and 13 part time individuals. We involve more than 1500 adult volunteers in the course of our work over a year. We are a community of hope for those who need a home.
Our mission is eliminating homelessness by providing shelter, support and a chance to start over.
Case Manager- Permanent Supportive Housing: Our Fellow will support a caseload of 16-20 homeless clients in scattered apartment building sites. The Case Manager’s primary functions are to assist clients with the move-in process, meet weekly to assess and encourage a case plan, ensure basic needs are met and to assist with crisis prevention/intervention to assure housing stability. Additionally, PSH Case Managers formulate strong professional relationships with clients’ landlords to better advocate and mediate any issues that may arise.
OSH has a welcoming community approach, strong teamwork collaboration, and flexibility to creatively improve programming to meet residents’ needs. The ideal candidate for this position will embrace this mindset.
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.
Having a full time person to support organizations like ours at a subsidized rate for a budget like ours was game-changing. We’re going to have another Fellow for the next cycle as well for sure…QVS Fellows are not interns and do much more than an intern could. We believe that all Fellows and interns need to be paid (and fairly), and I can’t imagine a situation for them any cooler than living in a cooperative house with OTHER Fellows also placed in mission-driven organizations around the same city.
Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE) has found our QVS Fellow to be thoughtful, hard-working, diligent, insightful and always pleasant to work with. She provides a strong indicator of the caliber of committed young leaders QVS attracts to our racial equity work and we are humbled to continue benefiting from the program.
This year having a QVS Fellow doubled the capacity of our community organizing department.
Our QVS Fellow has allowed us to sit at more tables and join more campaigns than we would have been able to without his presence. He contributes greatly to our work on diversity, equity and inclusion, bringing skills in that area and helping us forge connections with more diverse communities. I can’t overstate how valuable this Fellow has been in enhancing our work.
(Fellow application/interview dates are subject to change- we will keep this page updated as changes are made)
- December 1- February 1: Agencies apply to become a QVS site placement (see the online application here).
- March 15: QVS Fellow applications due.
- March 28 – April 16: QVS staff interview and select Fellows, assigning them to each city.
- April 20 – May 4: Site placement agencies interview QVS candidates and rank their top choices.
- May 4: Sites let QVS know ranking and top choices.
- By May 9: Fellows are assigned to a site placement agency.
- By May 23: Fellows, Agencies, and QVS sign contracts.
- July or August: Orientation meeting for site placement agency supervisors with QVS staff.
- Last week of August: QVS Orientation for all Fellows.
- September 4: QVS Fellows begin work placement.
- QVS Fellows are energetic and committed, equipped to work in cross-cultural settings. Most are college graduates.
- Fellows bring training in facilitation, communication, conflict resolution and anti-oppression work.
- Fellows bring connections to other organizations through the service sites of their QVS community members.
- QVS provides Fellows with a context for reflection and support, which strengthens their contribution to your organization’s work.
- Partnering with QVS provides a low-cost, full time intern who has been recruited and screened by QVS and selected by your organization.
- The cost to host a QVS Fellow is approximately $17,500 for 11 months, full time, paid monthly, or in two installments.
- This fee assists QVS in providing the following support to Fellows: rent and utilities, a food stipend, a personal living stipend, health insurance, travel costs, as well as programmatic support such as recruitment, orientation, on-going reflection, retreats, spiritual formation and education, and regular trainings and workshops on topics such as community organizing and nonviolent direct action.
- We also ask your organization to create, in partnership with QVS staff, a job description intended to allow the Fellow to contribute meaningfully to your organization’s mission. Your organization is also asked to provide initial training and on-going supervision and mentoring for the QVS Fellow, insuring that the Fellow remains a valuable part of your team throughout his or her placement year.
- Two full days of each month, QVS Fellows do not work at their site placement and instead spend that time together with the other Fellows and QVS staff in retreat, training, and reflection. QVS also asks agencies to grant several “flex days” throughout the year as other training opportunities become available as a primary goal of the year is for learning and growth in the Fellows.