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.
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.
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'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 (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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Deadline extension — please have your QVS application submitted and your supervisor reference completed by March 22nd!
In Spring 2020, QVS conducted a major outreach survey to gather stories and impact from QVS Alumni. The following report offers testimonials, statistics, and learnings across the three pillars of the QVS experience: Community, Spirituality, and Service.
We’re excited to introduce you to the 2020-2021 QVS Fellow cohort! Check out the links to learn more about these amazing young adults.