Quaker Voluntary Service expanded to Minneapolis/St. Paul as its fifth location in the fall of 2018.

Sponsoring Quaker Meetings/Churches:

The Minneapolis QVS program in under the spiritual care of three Quaker Meetings in the area: Minneapolis Friends Meeting, Prospect Hill Friends Meeting, and Twin Cities Friends Meeting.

Want to get involved with the local QVS program? Reach out to Miranda, our Minneapolis Coordinator.

“Upon corporate and individual reflection, we in Prospect Hill Friends Meeting find our initial enthusiasm for Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) undiminished and grounded in what we understand Spirit asks us to do. We affirm our desire to participate with other Friends to establish and cultivate a local QVS program, as Way opens…”

Prospect Hill Friends Meeting

Excerpt of Minute on Quaker Voluntary Service

Miranda Dils (she/her)

Miranda Dils (she/her)

Minneapolis Coordinator

2021-2022 Minneapolis/St. Paul Site Placements (click on any logo for more information)

AMAZEworks

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-

Responsibilities:
•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

Qualifications:
•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

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.

Comunidades Organizando el Poder y la Accion Latina

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.

Communications Specialist

The Communications specialist, as member of COPAL’s communications team, is responsible for assisting with the development of communications strategies and the development of educational bilingual (English-Spanish) materials to engage COPAL’s network of 25,000+ people. While bilingual skills are required, the specialist will use English as the preferred language to support COPAL’s work. Primary duties:

  • Coordinate COPAL’s social media.
  • Building and/or facilitate the building of content for the website, Facebook, twitter and Instagram.
  • Assist with developing and implementing a social media work plan for COPAL.
  • Facilitate multimedia trainings for staff.
  • Assist with writing people’s life stories.
Minnesota State Horticultural Society

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.

Community Outreach Associate

Our new strategic plan centers our work in addressing community needs such as equitable access to healthy food, climate change and environment, and racial justice. The QVS Fellow will be central in our efforts to grow in this direction, particularly supporting access to education and information so that people of all backgrounds can succeed in growing their own food, build soil and water health, create pollinator-friendly gardens, and participate in community, While we currently serve over 9,000 members and thousands more program participants throughout the state, this work will help expand the diversity of our community, including race, age, location, gardening skill/interest, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Two of the main responsibilities are:

(1) Resource Hub - Help complete the uploading, tagging, SEO, roll-out, and ongoing maintenance of our new online platform providing comprehensive educational materials, classes & workshop calendars, maps of resources, and opportunities to build community.

(2) Classes - Assist with the delivery of educational workshops (in-person and online) that support the needs and interests of the diverse Minnesota community. This may include marketing, communication with presenters, registration and communication with attendees, technical support during and after webinars, filming and film production, and working within the CRM database to update member and program participant records.

Open Arms of Minnesota

Open Arms of Minnesota's purpose is to build a joyful and nourishing community that provides medically tailored meals and hope for people experiencing a significant health crisis or living with a life-threatening illness. OAM operates on the abundance model, believing that the resources and compassion needed to support their work is available in our community.

Open Arms of Minnesota is a nonprofit that cooks and delivers free, nutritious meals to people living with life-threatening illnesses in the Twin Cities. We believe that food is medicine, and our work matters to the health outcomes of our clients. With the help of over 7,500 volunteers, we’ll cook and deliver more than 600,000 delicious meals this year to people living with life-threatening illnesses, as well as their caregivers and dependents.

Logistics and Delivery Associate

This position is primarily responsible for delivering meals to program clients, and providing general Logistics Department support, including activities that assist with setting up or preparing for client deliveries, shipping, and other departmental support.

• Accurately and efficiently deliver to clients and other organizational partners as well as transporting food and equipment between OAM kitchens.
• Represent Open Arms’ values and mission through high customer service and a friendly, efficient demeanor while working with corporate, faith-based, and hospital satellite partners, as well as volunteers and clients.
• Build strong relationships with the partners, volunteers and clients you meet while on delivery.
• Support Logistics & Delivery tasks on-site when not delivering, including meal pack-out process, and delivery/route preparations.
• Relay information shared by satellite partners back to Logistics and Delivery Manager accurately and in a timely manner.
• Help the Logistics Team prepare deliveries for the upcoming days as needed.
• Assist in the cleaning and maintenance of delivery equipment such as cooler bags as needed.
• Help ensure Open Arms provides an outstanding experience for all volunteers by regularly seeking out meaningful and positive interactions with them and maintaining a positive, friendly and helpful attitude at all times.
• Be a Champion of our mission, purpose and values.
• Work as a team player and step in when needed.
• Other duties as assigned.

Rainforest Action Network

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

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.

Minneapolis/St. Paul Fellows (click on any picture for more information)

Sophie Herrington

Sophie Herrington (she/her) is from Mobile, Alabama, and graduated from Birmingham-Southern College with a major in human rights and conflict studies, minor in writing, and distinction in poverty studies. As a BSC student, her social justice work centered women’s health and safety. She led her school’s Planned Parenthood Generation Action chapter in their fight to improve campus resources and support for victims of sexual assault and served as an intern for N Street Village, a provider of housing and supportive services for homeless and low-income women. Sophie recharges by spending time with the dogs in her life, embroidering, and writing the occasional poem. She is excited to support AMAZEworks in their mission to improve communities and relationships through anti-bias education, and she looks forward to a year of personal, professional, and spiritual growth with the QVS community.

Charlee Gorham

Charlee Gorham (they/them) is from Woodbridge, Connecticut and grew up attending New Haven Friends Meeting and the youth programs in New England Yearly Meeting. They just graduated from Macalester College in Saint Paul MN with a degree in Geography. They are interested in mutual aid, collective action, and abolition of the police. They are very excited to be working with Rainforest Action Network following indigenous leadership in the movement to Stop Line 3.

Ella Quainton

Ella Quainton (she/her) was born in Paris, France, where she lived for the first ten years of her life, before moving to Princeton, New Jersey. She was raised Unitarian Universalist, which instilled in her a lifelong passion for interfaith exploration. Ella graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Creative Writing where she was a Writing Fellow. Her senior year, she began work as the Assistant to the Director at the Loka Initiative, an education and outreach non-profit at the University of Wisconsin-Madison supporting faith-led environmental and climate efforts locally and around the world by helping build capacity of faith leaders and culture keepers of indigenous traditions. As a barista, Ella has a passion for latte art and all things coffee related. She loves to doodle and draw, climb, read, go on bike rides/walks with friends, watch the moon. Ella is so excited to be joining Open Arms and to explore Quaker values and ethics through intentional living.

Emma Krasky

Emma Krasky (she/her) is looking forward to returning to her hometown, Minneapolis, where she was born and raised. This past May, she graduated from Smith College with a degree in Urban Geography and Landscape Studies. At Smith, Emma found a home in the ultimate frisbee team, Lunadisc, and also as a member of one of Smith’s cooperative houses. She spent last summer living and working at the Lake City Catholic Worker Farm; her experience at the LCCW opened her eyes to new ways of living and relating to the world around her, and she continues to explore the interconnections of faith, community, care, and abundance. When she’s not in the garden getting her hands dirty, you might find Emma writing love letters to her sister, exploring new swim spots with friends, fermenting foods, or dancing in her kitchen. She is incredibly excited to explore Quaker spirituality and work with the Minnesota Horticultural Society in this coming year!

CJ Burson

CJ Burson (she/her) is from Frederick, Maryland, however she spent her childhood in St. Louis, Missouri. She went to Salisbury University where she majored in Sociology and minored in Political Science. She volunteered at a MANNA food donation distribution center, as well as HALO homeless shelter. Throughout her college career she was involved in the Sociology Club and a faith based athlete club. She is looking forward to continuing in her life journey at Our Savior's Housing in Minneapolis!

Kami Winter

Kami (she/her) grew up in Massachusetts where she attended Wellesley Friends Meeting but went off to the West Coast for college. She got her Bachelor's degree in Theology, Ethics, and Social Justice with minors in Public Service and Community Engagement and Jewish Studies from the University of San Francisco. Kami is passionate about the intersections between theology and sexuality and did her thesis work on reading biblical scripture through contemporary frameworks for sexuality. In addition to academic pursuits, Kami was a member of Qmmunity which is an interfaith spiritual group on USF's campus that centers queer identities in religion. Kami is thrilled to be joining the QVS house in Minnesota, working at Bridging,  and to have the opportunity to be in such a strong and spiritually based learning environment! 

Rosie Thale

Rosie Thale (she/her) is a recent graduate from Oberlin College and calls Chicago home. As a Spanish and Latin American Studies major and a Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies and Comparative American Studies minor, she is interested in education and community organizing. At school, she spent her time living and cooking in Keep Cottage, part of the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association, where she learned a lot about living intentionally and in community. At Oberlin, she also was involved with Latin American solidarity work, mutual aid, and energy justice. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and sharing a laugh over a campfire. She’s excited to join COPAL (Comunidades Organizando el Poder y la Acción Latina) this year!

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