The Midwest Match has ended.
Over 32 supporters helped us surpass our goal of raising $4,000. Individuals and groups are still welcome to contribute towards the QVS general fund to support our regional program in Minneapolis/St. Paul and national fellowship. Visit this page for more ways to give.
Introducing the QVS Midwest Match
We are so excited to announce a special, regional matching challenge for gifts to QVS from supporters who reside in or are connected with the Midwest. Thanks to a generous group of Friends, gifts from new donors or increased gifts from long standing donors in this region are matched, and any new or increased monthly gifts are double-matched up to $4,000.
Why are we introducing a regional matching challenge?
In 2018, QVS expanded to the Twin Cities — our fifth program city and very first program city in the Midwest. This expansion followed one of the best recruitment seasons in QVS’ short history. In the years since, we’ve been able to grow our program and presence, but need more investment and connections across this great region to continue to grow our impact.
With your help and investment, we hope to make a lasting impact on the Religious Society of Friends and in young adults’ spiritual seeking and community within the Midwest.
Upcoming Twin Cities Event: QVS Alumni Panel
Wednesday, Feb 2nd | 7PM CT
Join us on February 2nd to hear from four QVS alums about life after the QVS year, and what the impact of this experience has been for these young adults.
QVS Twin Cities: By-the-Numbers
Years in Twin Cities
Friends Meetings & Church Partners
Local Friends Involved
Site Placement Partners
The Impact of QVS on…
Young Adult Alumni
We have supported 18 young adults in their spiritual and professional growth. As our Alumni cohort continues to grow, we get the chance to see farther along the horizon of our program’s impact. After QVS, roughly one in four Fellows are offered full-time jobs with their site placements. Other Fellows begin work at Quaker institutions like Earlham College or attend graduate school for social work, law, and medicine. The QVS program equips young adults with skills in vocational discernment and practicing their faith in community. Many Alumni are still engaged with local meetings, becoming members and serving on committees, and offering feedback on making a more welcoming environment for other young adults.
Local Quakers & the Religious Society
As a national Quaker organization, we create an opportunity for Quakers to be in relationship with each other as they work to collaborate and support each year’s cohort of young adult Fellows. In the Twin Cities, three Friends meetings — Minneapolis Friends Meeting, Prospect Hill Friends Meeting, and Twin Cities Friends Meeting — jointly hold the QVS program under their spiritual care. More recently, we also began building connections with Rochester (Minnesota) Friends Meeting and Laughing Waters.
Individual Friends from host meetings and churches serve on the Local Support Committee (LSC) to share in the work of hospitality, housing, event planning, and more. Plus, each Fellow is assigned a Spiritual Nurturer to support their discernment and reflection throughout the QVS Year. We estimate over 30 Friends have been and continue to be engaged in the QVS Twin Cities program in the past four years.
Service and Community-Based Organizations
Since our expansion to the Twin Cities in 2018, we have partnered with 17 different local service and community organizations. These include organizations like: Bridging, Our Saviour’s Housing, In the Heart of the Beast, Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light, Friends for a NonViolent World, TakeAction Minnesota, AMAZEWorks, Friends School of Minnesota, Nonviolent Peaceforce, Headwaters Foundation, Comunidades Organizando el Poder y la Acción Latina, and Rainforest Action Network.
In the Heart of the Beast In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre brings people together for the common good through the power of puppetry and mask performance. Societal gaps in education, income, employment and justice separate us from one another and from the world we live in. The ritual and ceremony of puppetry and mask performance uniquely allow us to develop a shared vision for the future. Through our work, we ask ourselves: What does it mean to be human in this time and place?
HOTB is about six months away from launching a capital campaign to renovate the 1920s movie house where we do our work. A key part of that process is connecting and re-connecting with the communities we serve in the neighborhoods around us, which include the largest urban Native population in the US, the largest Somali population outside Africa, a well-established Latino immigrant population, a vibrant community of artists of color and LGBTQAI artists, White Baby Boomer social activists, and an underserved youth population from many different cultural backgrounds.
Communications & Development Coordinator-
In the Heart of the Beast is seeking our next Communications & Development Coordinator (CDC)! The CDC is an important part of HOBT's External Affairs Staff Team that collaboratively works together to design and implement the Communications and Development strategies of the organization. The CDC will help to tell the story of HOBT to garner support and engagement, through social media, newsletter & website copy, and fundraising appeals. Additionally, the CDC will provide administrative support on projects including Mainstage Productions, Neighborhood Outreach, the annual MayDay Celebration, and more. The CDC will work closely with the Communications Director and Development Manager and will be a part of a dynamic team of artists and art administrators passionate about creating a truly collaborative, resilient, equitable and accessible organization and MayDay Celebration.
This position is based in the Midtown Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis, a few blocks from the Midtown Global Market and the QVS Minneapolis House. The CDC will work with the diverse communities within the surrounding neighborhoods.
-Demonstrates self-awareness when working across race and culture
-Passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusiveness
-Experience with Google drive, Google calendar, Gmail, Microsoft Office (Excel & Word)
-Excellent verbal and written communication skills
-Experience in communications, community programming, arts, or customer service
-Strong relationship building skills
-Able to organize and coordinate multiple projects at once without losing attention to detail
-Self-motivated, creative, detail-oriented, and able to work independently and as part of a team
-Able to communicate in Spanish is a plus
-Previous experience in the performing arts, preferably theater and/or puppetry, is a plus
Friends for a NonViolent World (FNVW) is a Quaker-inspired organization that seeks a world free from violence and the threat of violence. We champion nonviolence as the foundation for effective programs and actions to promote the dignity of every human being.
FNVW’s programs offer experiential nonviolence training and support to inmates in Minnesota’s correctional facilities; bring people together to imagine and create a policing system that truly works for all; improve our skills in communicating in a way that can lead to clear understanding, healing and reconciliation; provide camp experiences in cooperation, community building, and peacemaking; and educate the public on the history, ethics and strategies of nonviolent personal and political action. We champion nonviolence as the foundation for effective programs and actions to promote the dignity of every human being.
FNVW relies on the power of our volunteers to fuel our organization and programs. This position would have contact with all of our programs working to ensure that current volunteers are having their needs meet, in addition to recruiting and placing new volunteers. This role will be working with our Volunteer Management team to ensure that our volunteers are given opportunities to use their strengths and talents to make lasting impact with our organization. The QVS fellow in this dynamic role would be able to experience all of our programming to gain knowledge of the different services we provide as an organization. Experience would also be gained with managing volunteers and learning how to navigate relationships with volunteers and how to support them working with participants. We are one of the few organizations in the Twin Cities who provides volunteer opportunities to individuals with a criminal record.
Program Support Specialist
This dynamic role will support 2 of our programs, Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) and Bridging the Divides: Policing that Works for Everyone. The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) works to empower people to lead nonviolent lives through affirmation, respect for all, building and enhancing of community, cooperation and trust. AVP offers a series of 3 workshops in the community and in 5 correctional facilities.
Bridging the Divides: Policing that Works for Everyone where we envision a policing model characterized by partnership, equity, trust and transparency. This model results in a police that serves and safeguards every member of the community, and an engaged community that collaborates with and welcomes the police. Our current strategies are 1) Educate Citizens and policy makers through ongoing empowerment events 2) Analyze police department policies on interaction with the community and training.
A Fellow in this role will have the opportunity to work with incarcerated individuals, volunteers, community members, police departments, and the Department of Correction.
Tasks include but are not limited to
• Program planning and development
• Supporting existing volunteers
• Recruiting new volunteers
• Creating and strengthen partnerships
• Help assess funding opportunities
This role is a good fit for people who want to learn more about organization management, program development/ implementation, volunteer engagement, all aspects of the criminal justice system. Previous experience in any of these areas would be beneficial but not required. We are looking for someone who is committed to Nonviolence and has the skills to organize people and projects.
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
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.
COPAL’s mission is to unite Latinxs in Minnesota in active grassroots communal democracy, building racial, gender, social and economic justice across community lines. COPAL was established in January 2018 and has been making rapid progress, both in terms of increasing its organizational capacity and amplifying its reach and impact. COPAL is governed by an 8-member board of directors (100% Latinx) and staffed by 15 employees (100% Latinx). COPAL was launched to organize with the Latinx community and allies around a multitude of issues associated with dramatic shifts in immigration policy and growing incidents of hate and hateful rhetoric directed at the Latinx community and broader immigrant communities living in Minnesota.
Fellow Position: Social Media Content Creator
Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:
- Attend and contribute to organizing events across campaigns.
- Help coordinate phone banking and text banking
- Coordinate with the Communications Director to generate content and handle research.
- Other duties or tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis.
- Work with the Environmental Justice Director and Communications Director to develop an environmental justice narrative that is culturally relevant for the MN Latinx community.
- Commit half of their time to the Environmental Justice unit and the other half to general comms operations for the organization.
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.
As the Marketing Communications Assistant, the person in this position will partner with the communications director to:
- Create and solicit content for select written school communications (i.e., write, edit, format, brand, take pictures, post, etc.). Some of those communications may include: weekly newsletter, blog, website, social media, external publications (e.g., Friends Circle, plant sale articles, yearbook, annual report, press releases, programs for school events, etc.), developing content where appropriate, advertising
- Develop creative ways to tell FSMN’s story. Possibly through videos, cartoons, etc.
- Assist with photo and media management
- Assist at special events like open houses, plant sale, and festivals as needed
- Interview students, faculty, alumni and community
- Create longer-term communications strategies around key programs
As the Front Office Support, the person in this position will partner with the front office manager and FSMN Head of School to:
- Manage the front office while the front office manager completes projects, has lunch and/or runs FSMN’s Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA). Managing the front office may include the following tasks as well as other tasks not listed.
- Answering phones and helping to connect callers to the appropriate people
- Helping students who may feel ill, overwhelmed, or just need a little break
- Updating calendars
- Managing and responding to emails
- Problem solving to determine solutions to problems that arise
- Help organize and complete data entry projects as needed during front office support time
- Occasionally help with arrival and dismissal as needed
The Minnesota State Horticultural Society’s mission is to grow cold-climate gardeners through education, encouragement and community. We help society members and program participants learn how to grow plants in our challenging northern climate and positively impact the environment. We help grow gardeners by sharing resources, tools and inspiration through our website, webinars, classes, educational displays and our award-winning Northern Gardener magazine. We cultivate community through our two signature community outreach programs. Minnesota Green promotes grassroots efforts to revitalize and beautify public space gardens and helps connect neighbors through a shared interest in growing fresh, healthy food. Garden-in-a-Box brings vegetable garden kits to underserved children and adults, giving our newest gardeners the chance to experience the benefits and joy of gardening. Other plans looking forward include increasing our resources on greening and sustainability, expanding community outreach efforts and strengthening our organizational capacity to serve our diverse constituents.
Fellow Position: Community Outreach and Education Associate
This position offers the chance to develop a strong understanding of two foundation stones of any community service and non-profit agency: marketing (outreach) and educational programming. The fellow will work closely with the Communications and Marketing Director and the Outreach & Education Director to grow our reach and impact in the community through activities including:
Education - help run our first annual Film Festival, help design/run/archive webinars and in-person classes, research event venues, help run special events
Outreach - update, track and distribute marketing materials and membership/donation appeals; execute magazine mailing; analyze results of marketing efforts; promote membership at State Fair and external shows; maintain and add content to online Resource Hub
Ideal candidates will be passionate about community service, detail-oriented, and love working with the diverse populations who are current or prospective members as we work together to diversify our organization's membership and programming. The should appreciate and be motivated by how horticulture intersects with key societal issues such as food security, racial injustice, and climate change.
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.
Rainforest Action Network (RAN) preserves forests, protects the climate and upholds human rights by challenging corporate power and systemic injustice through frontline partnerships and strategic campaigns.
RAN works toward a world where the rights and dignity of all communities are respected and where healthy forests, a stable climate and wild biodiversity are protected and celebrated. RAN has undertaken bold campaigns to hold some of the world’s biggest corporations accountable for business models that are linked to forest destruction, loss of biodiversity, climate change and the marginalization of Indigenous Peoples’ and local communities’ rights and livelihoods. RAN uses non-violent direct action, grassroots organizing, education, and strategic communications to challenge the biggest companies responsible for deforestation and climate change. Since 1985, RAN has campaigned for the forests, their inhabitants and the natural systems that sustain life. We've successfully campaigned against Home Depot, Bank of America, Pepsico and Citibank. We've worked at the intersection of environmentalism and justice often working with communities impacted by corporate and governmental practices. We're currently at almost 60 staff with offices in San Francisco, London, Jakarta and Tokyo. Our work is focused on two program areas--climate and tropical forests. The climate program pressures Wall Street banks and insurance companies to stop funding the fossil fuel sector. The forest program works to end tropical deforestation via the production of palm oil by U.S. markets campaigns against major banks and food brands. Our climate program supports Indigenous, frontline and other climate impacted communities in North America. Our forest program primarily works with communities in Indonesia and South America. Our "base" of supporters is primarily in the U.S.
RAN Organizing Dept. Fellow
Support strategies in Minneapolis-St. Paul, and other parts of the midwest, that support keeping fossil fuels in the ground through campaigns against Line 3 and the Wall St. banks funding the project. Broaden RAN’s collaborative organizing into diverse constituencies, frontline and Indigenous communities; Develop and train new volunteer leaders and groups, especially from communities of color disproportionately impacted by climate change;In conjunction with other departments at RAN design, create, organize and use a range of tools (direct actions, direct communication, traditional and social media, briefing sheets, and other tools) to communicate with target audiences and to achieve objectives; Develop compelling communications and advocacy materials, including email and social media content; Represent RAN at events as well as act as a public spokesperson for RAN; Train activists in non-violent direct action, media and communication skills, grassroots organizing.
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.
TakeAction Minnesota's mission is to unite the power of diverse individuals, communities and organizations in active grassroots democracy that builds racial, social and economic justice.
TakeAction Minnesota is a statewide people’s network that brings democracy alive in communities across our state. We connect individuals and organizations to each other, creating a powerful force that makes change happen where it wasn’t possible before. Since its founding ten years ago, TakeAction Minnesota has grown its breadth and depth. Our membership has grown 10-fold and touches every legislative district in the state. Our social media presence is robust. Our grassroots leadership is well-trained and shapes and implements the strategy of our various campaigns. As a result, TakeAction Minnesota has a track record of increasingly bold victories that change people’s lives for the better: the defeat of a photo ID constitutional amendment, massive public health care expansions, ban the box legislation, winning back $100million from HMOs, more than $400 million in corporate tax loopholes now closed, grassroots leaders running for – and winning – elected office.
Fellow Potision: TakeAction Fellow
• Use organizing tools (canvassing, doorknocking, phonebanking, one-to-one’s, powerful asks, etc.) and digital strategies to engage more Minnesotans in our work, develop deep relationships with them, and support their leadership development.
• Update organizational database systems with member and event information as a way to ensure and track successful completion of goals.
• Work with other staff to plan and execute cross-organizational events, grassroots fundraising and new member cultivation, communications plans, digital outreach plans, trainings, and other issue campaign actions.
• Work with a cross-organizational team on the annual People’s Celebration and other events.
• Complete and coordinate administrative projects and research assignments as needed and assigned.
• Other duties or tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis.
TakeAction Minnesota is looking for individuals with a strong commitment to social, racial, and economic justice and progressive political change. This person will enthusiastically promote TakeAction Minnesota's goals and priorities in compliance with all policies and procedures and have a deep investment in our shared agenda for change. Successful candidates will also have a high level of personal accountability and independence.
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