QVS Atlanta

Atlanta Site Placements for 2017-18 (click on any logo for more information)

Georgia Sierra Club


Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. What makes the Sierra Club unique is that we have the grassroots power to win with 2.7 million members and supporters, 64 Chapters, and over 400 groups. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, we've made history by leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.

Job Title: Ready for 100 Organizer

Builds public support to accomplish the goals of the Ready for 100 campaign, which is aimed at getting the City of Atlanta to commit to a fair and just plan to transition to 100% clean energy. Recruits and trains volunteer leaders, develops relationships with the community other organizations, and officials that can influence change. Increases the number of volunteer supporters that turnout for events and participate in achieving the campaign objectives.

Scope:
The Organizer is responsible for recruiting, engaging, and motivating volunteers and large numbers of new people to take repeated action that furthers Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 campaign or program goals. Identifies and develops volunteers to take on the role of team leaders and build grassroots power and networks.

Identifies and builds alliances with other organizations which can influence decision-makers. Regularly works outside of the office and without direct supervision to communicate with officials, the media and the public. Travels to relevant communities and locations to implement campaign plans..

The Kindezi School- Village

The Kindezi Schools is a high-performing charter school group that has been operating innovative and successful schools in downtown Atlanta since 2010. At Kindezi, we are passionately committed to providing ALL children with a privileged education, including broad access and opportunities, support for differences, high expectations, and successful outcomes for all.

Kindezi is rapidly expanding and is now preparing to open its third location, Gideons Elementary as a turnaround project with Atlanta Public Schools in the 2017-2018 school year. In the 2017-18 school year, Kindezi will serve over 1,000 Atlanta area students, and will have a staff size of close to 300. Our mission is ambitious: through academic rigor and student-centered approaches to learning, Kindezi will optimally develop the leader, scholar, and artist in all students while instilling in each a love of learning and a sense of pride. Based on the principles and practices of the Bantu people of Congo, Africa, the vision of The Kindezi School is a community of teachers and parents sharing the responsibility, privilege, and joy of holistically educating every child, preparing them thoroughly for success in all facets of life.

The QVS Fellow will serve as the Special Projects Assistant and will have a unique opportunity to support a rapidly growing charter school network in Atlanta, GA. This person will impact over a thousand students by primarily supporting our central executive leadership team. They will also be involved in improving our community and family engagement efforts through coordinating events and identifying and implementing opportunities for engagement. The Special Projects Assistant will oversee several special projects as well as have day to day duties. This person will need to be flexible, detail-oriented, organized, competent, reliable, and have a willingness to help.

Responsibilities include:

  • Work with executive team to establish objectives and execute projects.
  • Assist with general office administrative duties, such as filing, printing/copying, ordering supplies, maintaining inventory of supplies and tools.
  • Assist with event set up, such as open houses, meetings, trainings, and lunches.
  • Identify opportunities and plan and implement activities to improve community and family engagement.
  • Assist with general human resources duties, such as onboarding and data entry
  • Prepare newsletters, reports, memos, spreadsheets, emails, letters, etc.
  • Plan central office team outings and service projects to improve staff and community culture.
  • Continually look for opportunities to help the entire team's effectiveness
  • Other miscellaneous duties as needs arise
Southern Center for Human Rights

The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) is a nonprofit law firm dedicated to providing legal representation to people facing the death penalty, challenging human rights violations in prisons and jails, seeking through litigation and advocacy to improve legal representation for poor people accused of crimes, and advocating for criminal justice reform on behalf of those affected by the system in the Southern United States. SCHR was founded in 1976 by ministers and activists in response to the United States Supreme Court’s reinstatement of the death penalty that year and to the horrendous conditions in Southern prisons and jails. The organization’s attorneys and investigators struggled alongside civil rights organizations, families, and faith-based organizations to protect the human rights of people of color, poor people, and others in the criminal justice system in the South. Complementing our capital litigation, SCHR has a strong civil litigation practice that is able to bring impact litigation challenging the systemic deficiencies revealed through our capital litigation. Some of SCHR’s largest wins have resulted in an overhaul of South Carolina’s entire prison system; major renovations in Louisiana’s Angola Prison death row; shutting down Alabama’s Morgan County jail; and improved HIV care in Limestone Prison in Alabama, including an 80% drop in AIDS deaths.

The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) is excited to invite a Quaker Fellow to join our vibrant legal team as a Criminal Justice Reform Intake Specialist (“Specialist”). The Specialist will work closely with attorneys and investigators to respond to challenges and concerns from people who are under criminal justice control and challenge unconstitutional or illegal criminal justice practices and the application of the death penalty in Georgia and Alabama.

9to5

9to5, founded in 1973, is a national membership-based organization committed to strengthening the ability of low-income women to win economic justice. 9to5 combines advocacy, public education, civic engagement, grassroots organizing, policy campaigns and leadership development to improve employment policies for women and families. Their mission is to build a movement to achieve economic justice by engaging directly affected women to improve working conditions. While they work to win immediate improvements in conditions for low-income women, they also seek to address the root causes of poverty among women and their families, and to focus on the links between different types of oppression. They connect injustice in the workplace with the systemic discrimination from which it stems, and relate both to the need for creation and protection of family supporting jobs for all. They also work for social change within our organization and community by electing our leadership from our constituency, operating in a democratic manner, connecting local and global issues, working in collaboration with other local organizations, and building communication and trust across diverse constituencies.

The QVS Fellow position is as the Helpline and Chapter Organizer which is split between three roles. Half of the Fellow’s time will be devoted to outreach and member engagement for the Atlanta chapter’s issue campaigns (Ban the Box, Election Connection, and the Family Care Act). A quarter of the Fellow’s time will be spent managing the Job Survival Helpline, providing information to our callers about their rights on the job and assistance navigating their options to deal with workplace issues. We provide in-depth training on employment law and resources available to our callers, as well as side-by-side on the job training for practice taking calls. The final quarter of the Fellow’s time will be supporting the Action Network, including engaging helpline callers and other new contacts to provide tools and resources to build support for working women’s issues in their own communities.

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)

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The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. Drawing on continuing spiritual insights and working with people of many backgrounds, we nurture the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social relations and systems.

The Atlanta Economic Justice Program works with low income, underserved, and vulnerable communities through grassroots organizing and fostering community leadership to build a culture of activism, build coalition, and build resistance to economic injustice.
Leveraging a relevant community issue around economic injustice such as home eviction and foreclosure, mass corporation lay-offs, declining standards of living, lack of protections for renters and small business owners, we bring communities together to build public, community-based campaigns to draw connections between local economic injustice to larger systems of violence and oppression that control our minds, bodies, and communities

Responsibilities:
Attend staff meetings, help facilitate projects

  • Help organize, outreach, and facilitate community meetings in neighborhoods surrounding Turner Field
  • Preparing materials for workshops
  • Door to Door canvassing in NPU-V
  • Data entry
  • Networking with grassroots community groups in NPU-V
Atlanta Habitat for Humanity

Atlanta Habitat for Humanity partners with corporations, organizations, foundations, and individuals to build 50-60 affordable, green, quality homes each year for first-time, qualified, homebuyers. These homes are sold with a zero interest mortgage. Since 1983, we have built over 1,200 homes for more than 4,000 family members. Atlanta Habitat concentrates its services within the city of Atlanta and Fulton County to families with 30-80% Average Median Income.

The QVS Fellow position is as Family Services Outreach Assistant. The primary duties and responsibilities of this position are: to assist in the recruitment of qualified families by researching outreach opportunities, networking, and presenting program information to targeted audiences; to assist with information sessions and application workshops by providing administrative support and making presentations as requested; to follow up with prospective families to schedule them for an application workshop and apply for the home purchase program; to assist with homeowner education as requested to identify instructors, schedule classes and provide administrative support to the program; to assist with the implementation of a strategy designed to increase the level of community involvement among homeowners; and to research community resources for homeowners and participate in the creation and publication of 2 homeowner newsletters.

FCS | Focused Community Strategies

FCS|Focused Community Strategies partners with under-served neighborhoods to provide innovative and holistic development that produces flourishing communities where God’s Shalom is present. FCS is currently focused on the neighborhood of Historic South Atlanta and specializes in neighborhood engagement, mixed-income housing and economic development. FCS closely aligns all of its work in partnership with the neighborhood. The Neighborhood Engagement (NE) team works in close partnership with neighborhood leadership to ensure the community voice and blessing in all FCS activities. The NE team runs several neighborhood programs and actively supports our partner agencies working within the community.The QVS Fellow will serve as a Neighborhood Engagement Intern and assist with the following projects:

  • South Atlanta Food Co-op - serve as liaison between FCS and food co-op members
  • South Atlanta Civic League Events - assist in the planning and coordination of neighborhood led events (annual Kickball Tournament and Treat Street Halloween Party)
  • Pride for Parents Christmas Toy Program - manage volunteers, toy drive coordination and store logistics
  • Community Organizing - assist the Director in hosting and organizing multiple community organizing events through the year
  • Master Planning - assist FCS and neighborhood leadership through Master Planning process

The NE Intern needs to be highly relational, a strong communicator, and organized. Knowledge of urban issues is helpful, but not required.

Georgia WAND

Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) is a statewide, women-led, grassroots organization, which strives to educate women, people of color, and the general public and decision makers about the need to reduce militarism and violence and redirect excessive military spending toward unmet human and environmental needs.

Georgia WAND’s Program Areas:
1. To complete a three-year environmental monitoring and outreach program in Burke County, GA and more generally environmental contamination from the nuclear industry, both weapons and energy
2. To increase the civic engagement of women, people of color, and youth in locations affected by the nuclear industry and in locations where Pentagon spending far outweighs resources for public services, such as education and housing
3. To build an educated constituency that connects the dots between extreme levels of military funding and the federal budget.

Georgia WAND co-designs strategies with people in communities who are directly affected by our focus issues; and we follow their leadership. Our constituency spans age, race, geography, and other markers of difference; and we are working to be inclusive of all women of color, transgender women, women throughout the state, working women, and young women. As an organization of action, we raise our voices to speak out against injustice; and we take our passion, knowledge, and experiences to the streets, the classrooms, the boardroom, the capitol steps, the state legislative body, the halls of Congress, and beyond. We support our constituents addressing their concerns by providing issue education, leadership training, and engagement opportunities with different agencies and public officials on budget and policy intervention points; conducting grassroots organizing and civic engagement efforts; and participating in coalition work.

The QVS Fellow will serve as a WAND Program Assistant:

Duties
• Supporting fundraising and programming activities
• Create reports and assist in program research as needed
• Answering phones, fielding calls, acting as a general point of contact for the organization
• Support staff in the drafting of educational materials, communications, program materials and grants
• Provide administrative support including filing, data entry, update membership database
• Calling volunteers, members, and partners
• Assisting with civic engagement work, such as voter registration and Get Out The Vote initiatives
• Supporting lobby days and giving public comments at government hearings
Skills
• Strong interpersonal communication skills
• Strong oral and written communication skills
• General computer skills: Microsoft Word, sending and receiving emails, online research
• Ability to work well with all levels of staff with a positive, solution-oriented approach

*Women, people of color, LGBTQ and immigrant individuals are encouraged to apply.

We are looking for a person with exceptional organizational, administrative, communication and people skills.

Atlanta Support Meeting

The first Quaker Voluntary Service program began in August 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia, with seven young adult Fellows. We welcome our fifth class of QVS Fellows in late August 2016! This program is under the spiritual care of the Atlanta Friends Meeting.

There are many ways for Friends to get involved and support the ongoing QVS Atlanta program. Thank you!

Contact #QVSATL

Please click on the button below or contact City Coordinator, Liz Nicholson, to learn more about our needs and to let us know how you want to be involved.

Current Year Fellows (click on any picture for more information)

Katharine Bailey

Katharine Bailey is a proud product of Wilson, North Carolina and an alumna of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She majored in Psychology with a minor in African, African American, and Diaspora Studies. She describes herself as a (re)searcher, activist, and friend. Her most notable achievements include scoring a goal during a water polo match and designing a campaign to engage the UNC community on topics of racial inequality. She enjoys stretching the boundaries of what it means to be a Southerner and considers herself an honorary San Fransiscan. Her time and curiosity is devoted to understanding and combating the annihilistic nature of whiteness and its alliance with dominating forms of oppression. Initially jarring, the volume of her laughter eventually becomes endearing. She is a struggling Spanish speaker after spending eight months in Ecuador as an English assistant and will not stop butchering her sentences until she reaches some acceptable level of fluency. Katharine is looking forward to getting to know Atlanta and learning from the amazing team at Habitat for Humanity.

Oliver Owens

Oliver Owens grew up in Metuchen, New Jersey. He graduated with a degree in sociology from the University of Maryland in May 2017. His honors thesis was on social stratification in India, where he spent the spring semester in 2016. On campus, he was part of Erasable Inc., an all-improv performance group, and also became a member of the Maryland Population Research Center. He dabbles in drawing and writing. Oliver has organizing experience with the Student Labor Action Project and Washington, DC labor unions; he’s looking forward to organizing more this coming year, when he’ll be working as a QVS Fellow with the Sierra Club in Atlanta.

Natalie McLaughlin

Natalie McLaughlin is from Phoenixville, Pennsylvania and she is a member of Radnor Meeting. She graduated from Westtown School in 2013, and from Swarthmore College in 2017. At Swarthmore she studied Sociology and Anthropology and ran with the college’s cross country and track and field teams. She is hoping to continue her education in sociology, possibly studying social movement theory. She will be working with The American Friends Service Committee on housing justice issues during her year as a QVS Fellow.

Olivia Chalkley

Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Olivia Chalkley recently graduated from Guilford College with a degree in English Literature, as well as minors in Community & Justice Studies and Quaker Studies. After being introduced to Quakerism at the age of fourteen at Stony Run Meeting, she has followed her faith and practice to Opequon Quaker Camp, the Quaker Leaderships Scholars Program at Guilford, and now QVS. Olivia spends her time reading a lot of thinkpieces and novels, walking around in the woods, Tweeting, and geeking out about liberation theology. Olivia is so excited to put theory into practice working with 9to5 this coming year!

Alicia Rabideau

Alicia Rabideau graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine this past May with a degree in Gender Studies and Sociology.  As a student, she explored her faith as a Multifaith fellow, engaged in countless discussions on colonization and intersectional feminism anywhere from the classroom to the dance floor, and led the Democrats Club in encouraging students’ political involvement in a crucial election year.  The city of Lewiston has also been an essential part of her experience at Bates, informing her understanding of home and community, as well as offering opportunities to organize with Maine People’s Alliance, help develop a social enterprise with the Center for Wisdom’s Women, and lead a local Girl Scout troop. In the last four years, she also had the immense privilege of studying human rights abroad in Katmandu, Amman, and Santiago, an experience which has informed her commitment to justice and global radical love.  Her most recently developing passion is increasing the transparency of and access to the law, so she is particularly thrilled to spend a year working and growing with the Southern Center for Human Rights.

Emily Weyrauch

Emily Weyrauch grew up in the woods of Weston, CT.  She graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine in May 2017, where she studied English and Education. During college, she worked at the Women’s Resource Center and edited the student newspaper. She wrote a series about coeducation at Bowdoin, telling the stories of the first women at the college and the challenges they faced at a historically male institution. She also created a new reporter’s training program to foster a more diverse newspaper staff.  Emily spent a summer as writer-in-residence at the Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island in the Bay of Fundy, living communally with scientists and artists far away from the mainland in a place full of birds and music and books and laughter and freshly-baked bread. Highlights from her college experience include spending nights carving woodblocks in the printmaking studio, dressing in drag for a presentation on the left-wing Spanish politician Pablo Iglesias, and throwing a party to celebrate Rihanna’s birthday.

The daughter of a Jewish mother and a Lutheran father, Emily was raised Unitarian Universalist, and has been going to Quaker meetings recently in Maine. She looks forward to paying more attention to her own spirituality and allowing it to grow this year through intersectional anti-violence work with Georgia WAND.

Maisie Kise

A recent graduate from the University of California Davis, Maisie Kise’s degrees in American Studies, Community and Regional Development, and Film Studies reflect her interest in the intersections of community-centered activism and art. Maisie has been a filmmaker and research intern for the Environmental Justice Coalition for Water; a writer, performer, and stage manager for the theatre production V*Stories; Publicity Coordinator at Third Space Art Collective; and cooperative housing resident, workshop facilitator, and board member for the Solar Community Housing Association. Maisie has also participated in Chicago’s chapter of Showing Up For Racial Justice as a facilitator and outreach volunteer as well as engaged regularly in local racial, economic, and LGBTQIA activism in the Sacramento and Bay Areas. An advocate of transformative justice and collective liberation, Maisie looks forward to dedicating her future to building communities of accountability and healing. Maisie’s sense of self and spirituality is rooted in the daily practices of filmmaking, dancing, writing, relationship building, and laughing that restore balance to her life. Maisie was raised in Philadelphia, PA, where she attended Quaker schools, and moved to Carmel, CA ten years ago. She will be working in South Atlanta with Focused Community Strategies in the coming year.

Connor Rohwer

Connor Rohwer graduated from Carleton College, in Northfield, Minnesota, where he majored in English and concentrated in Education Studies. At Carleton, he helped manage the student farm, read books and puzzled over math problems with students in local elementary schools, intermittently wrote poetry, and occasionally drew comics. He loves stories, nature, and food in all their various forms. He does not particularly love cold weather, and he can’t wait to move south to a more salubrious climate. Speaking in true Minnesotan parlance, he cares a whole heck of a lot about kids and education reform, and he is greatly looking forward to learning more through his work with The Kindezi Village this year.

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