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 Eli, 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

Eli Phillips (he/him)

Eli Phillips (he/him)

Minneapolis Coordinator

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.

Friends School of Minnesota

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.

Headwaters Foundation for Justice

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.

Nonviolent Peaceforce

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.

 

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)

Lydia Bateman

Lydia Bateman grew up in the urban desert of Mesa, Arizona. They spent their childhood immersed in the Quaker community at Tempe Monthly Meeting. Lydia is a recent graduate of Soka University of America. During their time in college, Lydia spent a semester abroad in Paris, worked at the Performing Arts Center, stage managed many plays, and performed with a sketch comedy club. Their Capstone focused on gatekeeping within the transgender community. As a camp counselor and Counselor-in-Training coordinator at Mountain Friends Camp, Lydia has spent their summers finding creative ways to engage and support youth in a community centered on Quaker values. They are excited to continue this community-building work in the Twin Cities house and through their work at Friends School of Minnesota!

Marcella Lanzillotti

Marcella Lanzillotti grew up in Austin, Texas and recently graduated from Earlham College with a degree in Environmental Sustainability. During her time at Earlham, Marcella worked for the Student Sustainability Corps creating programs and events for the campus. She was also involved in student government, orchestra, and worked as a resident assistant. In addition to on-campus experience, Marcella spent a semester abroad in Cuenca, Ecuador and had a summer internship in Shanghai, China. Marcella is excited for this upcoming year in Minneapolis and is thrilled to be working with AMAZEworks!

Caro Carty

Caro Carty is a recent graduate of Carleton College, where their interests in food sovereignty, grassroots organizing and community decision-making inspired a focus in environmental anthropology. Caro has supported community engagement in just agricultural systems through their work with Carleton's Center for Community and Civic Engagement, as well as their collaborative senior thesis. Caro is passionate about the equitable distribution of wealth, land and resources and has worked with Resource Generation to organize other college students with class privilege to redistribute resources to social movements. Their life has been made richer living in community and they are looking forward continue to growing and exercising this important skill. They are excited to deepen their engagement with social justice movements in the Twin Cities and thrilled to continue gaining skills in communication and fundraising through supporting the work of Nonviolent Peaceforce next year!

Erin Lungwitz

Erin Lungwitz just graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a double major in Religious Studies and Environmental Policy. Over the last four years she focused on neoliberalism and how it affects every aspect of U.S. culture - from religious institutions to prisons to relationships with the environment. Outside of Erin's studies she got involved with an organization in Tacoma, La Resistencia, which works to abolish prisons and detention centers and focuses on the abolition of the (for profit) Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, WA. Through her connection with this organization Erin became attune to the many systemic injustices of the U.S. and how they all intertwine. She is originally from Austin, TX, has taken up knitting rags as a quarantine hobby, and gave bad advice on her college radio show (and intends to continue this in some fashion). Erin is honored to have the opportunity to work with Bridging in the upcoming year!

Lillian Gray

Lillian Gray was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from Earlham College in May 2020 as a Computer Science major, with minors in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Physics, and Mathematics. Since sophomore year, she was a part of the Green Science Applied Group under the Computer Science Department working on projects to promote and improve environmental sustainability on campus. She was also a part of the Icelandic Field Studies program at Earlham in 2019 and continued to work on research related to the program her senior year. Lillian has also had a passion for choral music her entire life. She grew up in Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, where she participated in their youth choirs. She was also a part of Chicago Children’s Choir in middle and high school, where she experienced the power of community nonprofit organizations. At Earlham, she was involved in the choral program and Brimleys, the all-gender a cappella group on campus. Lillian first learned more about Quakerism by attending Earlham College. The principles and practices resonated with her, and she attended meetings for worship both on campus and around Richmond as a part of the choral program. She is excited to learn more about Quakerism and how it connects with her values. By engaging more with Quakerism as a QVS Fellow, she hopes to better understand the key things she wants in the next phase of her life. As a Computer Science major, Lillian is looking for ways she can use her skills for social good and to make an impact in her community. She is excited to be working with Headwaters Foundation for Justice as a Program Assistant to support their work in community-centered grantmaking.

Esther Hibbs

L. Esther Hibbs is excited to return to the Twin Cities, where she was born but does not remember well, and get to know the area through QVS! Esther is a lifetime Friend and a current member of the newly formed Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends. She is excited to explore the intersection of faith, personal interests, and professional passions through her QVS fellowship. In January, she graduated from Skidmore College, where she studied Sociology, Spanish, and Arts Administration. Throughout college, Esther worked in the theater department, discovered she liked statistics more than she thought she would, and baked cookies almost every Saturday. Esther developed a passion for social justice work through personal and professional experiences, domestic and abroad. In her thesis, she explored the relationship between policy and culture, through an analysis of college campuses' regulation of consensual sexual behavior and the corresponding assault reporting. She is enthusiastic about creating frameworks for systemic change, through policy and otherwise. Esther feels called to grow in the context of direct social impact work, after recently completing positions in arts management. This year, her goal is to deepen her ability to share Light through work, and grow her own roots in the Quaker community. Esther is thoroughly excited to grow in this capacity, alongside Our Savior's Housing!

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