QVS Boston

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

Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program (BHCHP)

For 30 years, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) has been committed to a singular, powerful mission: to provide and assure access to the highest quality health care for Boston’s homeless men, women, and children. Over 12,000 homeless men, women, and children are cared for by BHCHP each year. They are committed to ensuring that every one of these individuals has access to comprehensive health care, from preventative dental care to cancer treatment. Their clinicians, case managers, and behavioral health professionals work in more than 60 locations to deliver the highest quality healthcare to some of our community’s most vulnerable — and most resilient — citizens. These health disparities are compounded by the barriers they face in accessing the care and services they need, often rooted in their daily struggles to access food, shelter, clothing, and transportation. Without the safety of a stable home, health care can easily become a distant priority, causing preventable and treatable illnesses to go diagnosed and minor symptoms to rapidly escalate into health crisis. BHCHP has become a nationally recognized model of innovative health care for homeless patients.

The QVS Fellowship position is as a Case Manager and Health Educator. The Fellow will be responsible for making referrals and providing resources to patients in need of services that support their overall health, including detoxes, transitional housing programs, food programs, transportation assistance, etc. The Fellow will help support, assist, and serve patients in myriad ways.

Cambridge Friends School

Cambridge Friends School is a co-educational elementary and middle school (pre-K – grade 8) established in 1961 under the care of Friends Meeting at Cambridge, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). It is the mission of Cambridge Friends School to provide an outstanding education. Guided by Quaker principles, we engage students in meaningful academic learning within a caring community strongly committed to social justice. We expect all students to develop their intellectual, physical, creative, and spiritual potential and, through the example of their lives, to challenge oppression and to contribute to justice and understanding in the world.

The QVS Fellow will serve as a Teaching Assistant at CFS, partnering with teachers and students in a classroom to support their work in developing lesson plans, instructing, integrating social justice and issues of community and equity into the curriculum, and participating in the life of the school. We would designate a particular classroom and age group assignment based on the interests and experience of the Fellow. Qualifications: Fellow should be passionate, compassionate, collaborative, reflective, and enjoy working with others – adults and children. We are a learning community and grow through working with one another, regardless of experience level. We all would gain through partnering with an individual and organization dedicated to Quaker service. The Quaker belief in the “Inner Light” leads to faith in the ability of every member of the School community to reach her or his full potential. We honor and are enriched by a community with diverse gifts and talents.

Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS)

Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS) has been the federally designated anti-poverty agency serving Somerville, Massachusetts since 1981. CAAS’ mission is to reduce poverty among local families and individuals while working to counteract, and whenever possible eliminate, the societal conditions that cause and perpetuate poverty. CAAS’ key strategies for accomplishing this mission are to: expand and promote opportunities for all Somerville residents in the fields of education, employment, housing, health, and improved neighborhood life; and serve as a structure for empowering both low-income constituencies and those whose full involvement in the community has been obstructed or discouraged by oppression and discrimination.

Every three years, CAAS conducts a Community Needs Assessment (CNA). This involves rigorous solicitation of community input resulting in real community ownership of CAAS’ programs and services. The Community Planning QVS Fellow will help conduct a CNA and develop a local Community Action Plan that will guide this agency’s work for the next three years. Broadly, the Fellow will be asking Somerville’s low-income residents what would strengthen their community and inquiring after the perceived barriers to economic security.The Fellow will survey needs, educate residents about available community resources, and attempt to bring community members into the social justice/anti-poverty network. The Fellow should have a passion for social justice and curiosity about the needs and wants of the groups and individuals with whom he/she will come in contact. Experience with Community Organizing theory and practice would be a plus! Additional language skills, Spanish in particular, would be helpful as well.

Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN)

Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN) Our role as a facilitator of municipal-level action is unique among Massachusetts environmental groups. We empower our local chapters by enhancing communication, promoting town-level projects that improve communities, decreasing climate change-causing pollution, and reducing development time for those projects. MCAN speaks on behalf of all chapters to improve Massachusetts energy and climate policies and programs.

We:

    • Support local MCAN chapters to implement change at the municipal level. Municipalities have been the most active level of government to fight climate change on a worldwide basis.
    • Advocate at the state and regional level for policies and programs that will benefit municipalities and their citizens.
    • Facilitate peer learning and tool-sharing to effectively replicate successful programs from one municipality to the next.
    • Work with partner organizations, including neighborhood and faith associations and affinity groups, to help them take action on climate change.

Founded in 2000, MCAN has more than 40 chapters across MA, supported by one full time staffer (the Executive Director), paid interns, an active board, and numerous volunteers.

Since our founding, we have helped our chapters accomplish local work ranging from climate action plans and greenhouse gas inventories to running solar buying programs and implementing energy efficiency in public buildings. At the state level, we have successfully advocated for passage and implementation of laws to help cities and towns do good work on climate, such as the green communities act and last year’s innovative clean energy bill.

The QVS Fellow position will have two major points of focus:
1. MCAN has, in partnership with the Mass Power Forward Coalition, developed a toolkit to help those interested in making a difference on clean energy at the local level implement projects and policies that are proven to move the needle on climate change. Chapters and local groups need coaching and mentoring to help build their teams, make choices about what to pursue first, and think through how they will get it done. The fellow would help these folks do all of those things, and therefore help towns and teams move from start to finish on projects and policies.
2. MCAN’s chapters around the state have been doing amazing work, some of them for decades. They have had real tangible results at the local level through actions like getting solar on their capped landfills, ensuring their communities have better transportation and walkability, and saving their neighbors and town governments money through energy efficiency. However, this information is not captured effectively: we know some of what towns have done, but not all. And we don’t have the stories of how our members made the decision to do their projects, we don’t have pictures of all of the projects or the teams, and we don’t have the crucial information about how much they are saving in terms of climate change or money. The fellow would help capture this information and help chapters and members share their stories.

Metrowest Worker Center-Casa

Metrowest Worker Center-Casa is an immigrant worker-led organization based in the MetroWest area of Boston, Massachusetts, which organizes to defend and expand the labor, civil, and human rights of all workers. The organization is purposely multilingual and multiracial, and works to unite communities that unscrupulous employers seek to divide. They combine direct action and legal strategies to combat wage theft, allowing the Metrowest Worker Center to recover millions of dollars in unpaid wages, while building worker power. They support and organize injured workers to rebuild their lives and develop their leadership in their community. They assist workers to fight workplace sexual harassment and racial profiling. Allies participate in organizing communities of privilege to support immigrant-led campaigns, fundraise, take action against unjust laws and policies, and dismantle racism and xenophobia in their own communities.

The QVS Fellow will assist with Metrowest Worker Center-CASA’s (MWC-CASA) coordination of health care delivery to injured immigrant workers; outreach to faith community allies in building support of MWC-CASA and other immigrant worker centers in the region; support wage theft campaigns and legislative campaigns; and general support of the functioning of a small organization. The project offers the opportunity to engage extensively with MWC immigrant membership, as well as participate in public outreach. Precise job description will be defined jointly with project coordinator, taking into account the Fellow’s language abilities, skills & interests. Additional language skills, Spanish and/or Portuguese, a plus.

Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts

Neighbor to Neighbor MassachusettsWe are the New Majority: people of color, immigrants, women and the working class on a path to liberation. Our statewide membership organizes to put people and planet before profit. In an era of income inequality, environmental degradation and racism, our chapters build power to confront this triple crisis in Massachusetts. We fill the ballot with our votes. We fill the streets with our voices. We seed the new alternatives that put power and decision-making in our hands. We are certain that a new world is possible and that we are the ones to build it.

N2N's organizing model is broad and deep. In the broad, we cast as wide a net as possible through door knocking and public events. From there, we start the process of going deeper through one on ones and inviting potential members with leadership potential to chapter meetings where they engage more directly in in-house and external leadership development training.

The QVS Fellow will serve as a Coordinator who works closely with our Organizing/Political Director. Our Director oversees the work of three chapter organizers (Lynn, Springfield and Holyoke). He really needs help and support because the work load is HUGE! In this position, you would have a hand in just about everything we are doing. Under our Director's guidance, you would learn the depth and breadth of a fairly complex organizing model of a multi-issue organization that works with different communities. Specifically, you would support us in such tasks as research, planning and execution, media and communications, joining and leading canvassing teams, and organizing public or community events.

Boston Support Meeting

We have welcomed QVS Fellows to Boston for the first time in August 2015, under the care of Friends Meeting at Cambridge, and with support from Beacon Hill, Fresh Pond, Framingham Friends Meeting, and Wellesley Monthly Meetings.

We are so grateful for the continued support and welcome received in Boston, and are excited to move into the second year of the program in this city.

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There are many ways you can support the QVS Boston program and amazing Fellows, contact City Coordinator, Hilary Burgin, for more information about ways to be involved!

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

Cristina Eraso Cordoba

Cristina Eraso Cordoba

Cristina Eraso Cordoba grew up in Pasto, Colombia. She graduated from Mariana University, a Catholic school in the same city, in 2016 with degree in Law. She worked at a Quaker summer camp for 3 years in Vermont, which was where she found out about Quaker community. Coming from a traditional Colombian family and being interested in human rights and social justice, she decided to write her thesis about Indigenous Communities, which led her to learn lots of different and amazing things about these groups. She will be serving at Metrowest Worker Center-CASA, where she is going to learn and help in a meaningful way. She is also really excited to work in a multilingual and multiracial workplace. Also, her first language is Spanish and her year with QVS will be the first time that she spends more than three months away from home. She is very hopeful and happy for this year in Boston.

Libby Stillwell

Libby Stillwell

Libby Stillwell graduated from Guilford College in May 2016 with a BA in Psychology and Peace and Conflict Studies. Growing up, Libby attended New England Yearly Meeting, and Friends Camp. Throughout college, Libby served as the Conflict Resolution Resource Center Coordinator, a Teacher’s Assistant, a Resident Advisor, and a Tour Guide. During her time at Guilford, Libby also worked as an Assistant Archivist in the Friend’s Historical Collection, provided childcare to Friendship Friends Meeting, and was a Quaker Leadership Scholars Recipient. As an alumnus of The Meeting School, Westtown, and Guilford College, Libby values of the kind of transformative learning that a Quaker education supports and is extremely excited to join The Cambridge Friends’ School for their 2016-17 academic year in Boston.

Ian Bartimole

Ian Bartimole

Ian Bartimole was raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio. During his time at Shaker Heights High School, he became a part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. He then attended Earlham College, earning his undergraduate degree in Philosophy. In the beginning of his experience at Earlham, first-year seminars centered on the question: How shall we live? Since then, much of Ian’s own journey has been lived out in relation and response to this question. For him, it prompts a constant attentiveness to our individual and communal ways of life, and an engagement in a search for more fruitful, just, and compassionate relations with the individuals around us. Ian studied abroad in Dharamshala, India for a semester, taking courses on Tibetan Buddhism and the Tibetan struggle for autonomy. He conducted his senior capstone research on the work of Spinoza, asking questions about the way to ‘Freedom,’ here a kind of Enlightenment which is at once spiritual, intellectual, and emotional. Ian loves to read, write, and dialogue with his peers, always in the hope of learning together and relating authentically to one another. His all-time favorite work has been serving as a counselor for 6th grade campers for 3 of the past 4 years, teaching them how to canoe, and pushing them to understand the impacts (both positive and negative) they might have on one another. He is excited to be serving with QVS in Boston at The Cambridge Friends School.

Lily Hayward

Lily Hayword

Lily Hayward grew up in the Boston area and is very excited for the opportunity to live and work within this community after being away from home for the past few years. Lily was introduced to Quakerism while attending Guilford College, where she studied Sociology/Anthropology, Environmental Studies and Ceramics. At Guilford she explored courses focused on experiential learning where she developed a passion for finding connections between human health and environmental health while critically thinking about society. This led her to study abroad for a January Term in Rwanda centered on social and environmental justice. She participated in peace & community building workshops at the Quaker Peace House in Kigali and worked with local university students to generate a long term relationship between the two schools. In her downtime she loves cooking, playing ultimate frisbee, and being outdoors. She looks forward to intentional community living with the QVS Fellows and is ready to start working with Boston Health Care for the Homeless.

Zenaida Peterson

Zenaida Peterson

Zenaida Peterson is a queer, poet of color from Atlanta, Georgia who was raised Unitarian Universalist. She is the daughter of activists and the granddaughter of a Quaker. She graduated from Simmons College in May of 2015 with a majors in Political Science and Sociology and a minor in Public Policy. Since graduation she has been living in Madrid, Spain teaching English to hooligans whom she grew to love and traveling through parts of the world she never thought she would see. When people ask Zenaida why she is leaving the sunny, “no pasa nada” world of Spain, she tells them that she wants to stay but her life work is in the United States. She says that she needs to be dealing with issues of oppression with her feet in the soil of the country that has so much work to do. She is ecstatic about working towards anti-oppression and mindfulness service with VISIONS inc. in Boston this year.

Sarah Levy

Sarah Levy

Sarah Levy grew up in Maryland just outside of Washington DC, and attended a small Quaker school from age 5 to 18. Although she was a member of a Presbyterian church with her family, she came to deeply value the Quaker practice of meeting for worship, as well as the community’s focus on pursuing social and environmental justice. After high school, Sarah headed off to Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where she majored in Latin American Studies with a focus on the intersections of race and gender. The summer after her sophomore year, she participated in an Anthropological field school program in Shiripuno, Ecuador, where she began to learn the indigenous language of the region, Kichwa, and interviewed the women of the community about the tourism business they had started. This experience inspired her to return the following summer to live in Shiripuno for a month in order to continue exploring the ways in which the women’s business had impacted gender roles in the community. While in college, Sarah was also heavily involved with the McKeen Center for the Common Good, engaging in leadership training, ESL tutoring and just hanging out and chatting with all of the thoughtful people there, reflecting on privilege and the problematic aspects of service work. Her other interests include cooking, eating, riding her bike, listening to music, and singing. Sarah will be serving with the Community Action Agency of Somerville in Boston this year.

Derek Blankenship

Derek Blankenship

Derek Blankenship is a native Californian and an aspiring renaissance man. He graduated from Whittier College in May 2016 with a B.A. in English literature and minors in Computer Science and Mandarin Chinese. He’s spent 3 months in a Chinese language immersion program in Beijing, 3 weeks at a youth technology camp at UCLA, 7 days at a Buddhist temple, and a few hours harvesting vegetables at an Eco-village in Southern Arizona. Derek appreciates the opportunity to have many diverse experiences such as these in order to expand his knowledge and understanding as much as possible. He first discovered Quakerism through the Journal of John Woolman, which he read from in a Whittier College course called Philosophy of Simplicity. He deeply admires this Quaker value, and strives to embody it as Woolman did. As part of that mission, Derek regularly attends Quaker meetings for worship at First Friends Church in Whittier, CA, and is always looking for ways to find the Spirit in everyday life. That search has led him to pursue service work, and he is much looking forward to working with the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program in the coming year.

Current Boston Site Placements 2016-17 (click on any logo for more information)

Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program (BHCHP)

For 30 years, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) has been committed to a singular, powerful mission: to provide and assure access to the highest quality health care for Boston’s homeless men, women, and children. Over 12,000 homeless men, women, and children are cared for by BHCHP each year. They are committed to ensuring that every one of these individuals has access to comprehensive health care, from preventative dental care to cancer treatment. Their clinicians, case managers, and behavioral health professionals work in more than 60 locations to deliver the highest quality healthcare to some of our community’s most vulnerable — and most resilient — citizens. These health disparities are compounded by the barriers they face in accessing the care and services they need, often rooted in their daily struggles to access food, shelter, clothing, and transportation. Without the safety of a stable home, health care can easily become a distant priority, causing preventable and treatable illnesses to go diagnosed and minor symptoms to rapidly escalate into health crisis. BHCHP has become a nationally recognized model of innovative health care for homeless patients.

The QVS Fellowship position is as a Case Manager and Health Educator. The Fellow will be responsible for making referrals and providing resources to patients in need of services that support their overall health, including detoxes, transitional housing programs, food programs, transportation assistance, etc. The Fellow will help support, assist, and serve patients in myriad ways.

Cambridge Friends School

Cambridge Friends School is a co-educational elementary and middle school (pre-K – grade 8) established in 1961 under the care of Friends Meeting at Cambridge, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). It is the mission of Cambridge Friends School to provide an outstanding education. Guided by Quaker principles, we engage students in meaningful academic learning within a caring community strongly committed to social justice. We expect all students to develop their intellectual, physical, creative, and spiritual potential and, through the example of their lives, to challenge oppression and to contribute to justice and understanding in the world.

The QVS Fellow will serve as a Teaching Assistant at CFS, partnering with teachers and students in a classroom to support their work in developing lesson plans, instructing, integrating social justice and issues of community and equity into the curriculum, and participating in the life of the school. We would designate a particular classroom and age group assignment based on the interests and experience of the Fellow. Qualifications: Fellow should be passionate, compassionate, collaborative, reflective, and enjoy working with others – adults and children. We are a learning community and grow through working with one another, regardless of experience level. We all would gain through partnering with an individual and organization dedicated to Quaker service. The Quaker belief in the “Inner Light” leads to faith in the ability of every member of the School community to reach her or his full potential. We honor and are enriched by a community with diverse gifts and talents.

Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS)

Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS) has been the federally designated anti-poverty agency serving Somerville, Massachusetts since 1981. CAAS’ mission is to reduce poverty among local families and individuals while working to counteract, and whenever possible eliminate, the societal conditions that cause and perpetuate poverty. CAAS’ key strategies for accomplishing this mission are to: expand and promote opportunities for all Somerville residents in the fields of education, employment, housing, health, and improved neighborhood life; and serve as a structure for empowering both low-income constituencies and those whose full involvement in the community has been obstructed or discouraged by oppression and discrimination.

Every three years, CAAS conducts a Community Needs Assessment (CNA). This involves rigorous solicitation of community input resulting in real community ownership of CAAS’ programs and services. The Community Planning QVS Fellow will help conduct a CNA and develop a local Community Action Plan that will guide this agency’s work for the next three years. Broadly, the Fellow will be asking Somerville’s low-income residents what would strengthen their community and inquiring after the perceived barriers to economic security.The Fellow will survey needs, educate residents about available community resources, and attempt to bring community members into the social justice/anti-poverty network. The Fellow should have a passion for social justice and curiosity about the needs and wants of the groups and individuals with whom he/she will come in contact. Experience with Community Organizing theory and practice would be a plus! Additional language skills, Spanish in particular, would be helpful as well.

Metrowest Worker Center-Casa

Metrowest Worker Center-Casa is an immigrant worker-led organization based in the MetroWest area of Boston, Massachusetts, which organizes to defend and expand the labor, civil, and human rights of all workers. The organization is purposely multilingual and multiracial, and works to unite communities that unscrupulous employers seek to divide. They combine direct action and legal strategies to combat wage theft, allowing the Metrowest Worker Center to recover millions of dollars in unpaid wages, while building worker power. They support and organize injured workers to rebuild their lives and develop their leadership in their community. They assist workers to fight workplace sexual harassment and racial profiling. Allies participate in organizing communities of privilege to support immigrant-led campaigns, fundraise, take action against unjust laws and policies, and dismantle racism and xenophobia in their own communities.

The QVS Fellow will assist with Metrowest Worker Center-CASA’s (MWC-CASA) coordination of health care delivery to injured immigrant workers; outreach to faith community allies in building support of MWC-CASA and other immigrant worker centers in the region; support wage theft campaigns and legislative campaigns; and general support of the functioning of a small organization. The project offers the opportunity to engage extensively with MWC immigrant membership, as well as participate in public outreach. Precise job description will be defined jointly with project coordinator, taking into account the Fellow’s language abilities, skills & interests. Additional language skills, Spanish and/or Portuguese, a plus.

VISIONS Inc.

Founded in 1984, VISIONS, Inc. is a women and minority-led nonprofit. VISIONS’ work is about challenging power imbalances at four interlocking levels: the personal, interpersonal, institutional/structural, and the cultural. The highly skilled and diverse team of consultants are located throughout the United States and abroad. VISIONS consultants are all career professionals who are required to undergo further rigorous education and training in the VISIONS model. Their consultants are trained to bring their diverse cultural identities, backgrounds, and life experiences to the table when addressing their client’s needs. Over the last ten years, VISIONS have developed an exciting group of youth and young adult consultants and provide many inter-generational teams to our clients as well.

The QVS Fellow will provide program support for VISIONS Community Education and Engagement Projects: Inter-generational Justice Project, LIBERTY Summer Youth Program, and Critical Conversations Initiative. The Fellow will also provide administrative support to client-based training/consulting and to ongoing education programs: PACE (Personal Approach to Change and Equity) & Peer Supervision Workshops. Finally, the Fellow will provide back-end support for VISIONS administrative systems: Bookkeeping, Website Administration, Internal/External Calendar and Meeting Support, Public Relations/marketing/sales, and Development Research and Support.

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