Quaker Voluntary Service expanded to Minneapolis/St. Paul as its fifth location in the fall of 2018.
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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…”
Miranda Dils (she/her)
2021-2022 Minneapolis/St. Paul Site Placements (click on any logo for more information)
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.
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.
Minneapolis/St. Paul Fellows (click on any picture for more information)
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