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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..

Local Enterprise Assistance Fund

Local Enterrpise Assistance Fund (LEAF)'s mission is to promote human and economic development by providing financing and development assistance to cooperatives and social purpose ventures that create and save jobs for low-income people. LEAF lends nationally, with a focus on community-owned natural food cooperatives that create high quality jobs and provide access to healthy food in urban and rural communities; low-income cooperative housing developments; and worker-owned firms and other community-based businesses and social enterprises.

The QVS Fellow at LEAF, depending of their level of financial experience could either support the credit manager with underwriting and analysis, or more widely support the organization through grant writing, communications, and loan documentation. The Fellow will have opportunity to immerse themselves in the work of mitigating wealth inequality and supporting the work of various cooperative groups and organizations.

350.org

350.org is building a global grassroots climate movement that can hold our leaders accountable to the realities of science and the principles of justice. That movement is rising from the bottom up all over the world, and is uniting to create the solutions that will ensure a better future for all. Our online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions bring together a global network active in over 188 countries.

The QVS Fellow will support and lead a specific project with a North American Frontline community/ies of Color most impacted by climate change.

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
Bread & Roses Community (BRCF)

Bread & Roses Community (BRCF) is a unique partnership of donors and activists who share a vision for a just society in which power and resources are distributed equitably. Bread & Roses was originally founded in 1970 as the People’s Fund – a radical anti-establishment social justice fund – and was re-established in 1977 as Bread & Roses Community Fund. Bread & Roses raises money from individual donors in the community to provide grants, technical assistance, and leadership development to constituent-led, grassroots, social change organizations in the Philadelphia region. The grants BRCF gives are raised and distributed by a cross-race, cross-class, inter-generational group of community members. Bread & Roses centers all of its work around its motto: change, not charity.

The QVS Fellow at Bread & Roses will work as a Program Associate under the Director of Programs. The position will include: researching and meeting with grassroots community organizers like Ramona Africa and other local leaders; reviewing and cataloging grant proposals from a wide array of community organizations working on a wide range of issues including immigrant rights, racial justice, environmental justice, and lgbt rights; helping to design, write, and disseminate the quarterly newsletter and regular email communications; managing Bread & Roses’ social media profiles; creating and implementing programming for current BRCF grantees and other grassroots community groups, and planning and implementing a range of special events for the wider Bread & Roses community, including our annual Tribute to Change event that focuses on a different issue each year. This year’s Town Hall explored the intersection of gentrification and environmental racism. There is no typical day in the life of a Bread & Roses Community Fund QVS Fellow, and we like to think that’s what makes it so exciting!

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.

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.

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.

Philadelphia Orchard Project

Philadelphia Orchard Project (POP) plants and supports community orchards in the city of Philadelphia. These orchards transform and revitalize urban environments and represent a long-term investment in the communities where they are planted. Founded in 2007 by alternative economic development pioneer Paul Glover, POP is part of a growing movement to develop more sustainable, equitable, and ethical local food systems. Since its founding, POP has worked with community-based groups to plan and plant orchards at 41 locations in neighborhoods across the city, and currently supports a total of 56 city orchard sites. Each orchard is planted in collaboration with a community group, a strategy that ensures that the people who stand to benefit from POP’s initiatives are central to their implementation from the very beginning. Partners include schools, churches, community gardens, urban farms, recreation centers, parks, transition houses, and other urban spaces, almost exclusively in low-wealth neighborhoods.

POP staff currently consists of 1 full time Executive Director, and 3 part time positions: Orchard Director, Education Director, and Development Associate. Primary programs include planting new community orchards at a rate of 4-6 per year; supporting 56 existing city orchard sites with consulting visits, volunteer recruitment, tool access, training, and educational programs; gleaning and distributing fruit that would otherwise go to waste; and building community involvement through seasonal harvest festivals and other events.

The Fellow will assist in a variety of Philadelphia Orchard Project activities, with particular focus on POP’s school orchard program. The Fellow will help deliver school orchard support including site visits and teacher training; designing and implementing lesson plans; and developing new educational materials. The Fellow will also participate in other POP activities including planting and gleaning events, volunteer coordination, grant writing and research, outreach and marketing, and researching and creating content for POP’s blog and other publications.

POP’s orchards and programs are focused in diverse, low-wealth neighborhoods across the city. Demographic indicators for these neighborhoods show areas of concentrated poverty, diet related disease, and lower educational rates. Although POP programs serve all ages, the Fellow’s efforts will be concentrated on programs serving youth (K-12) at public and charter schools.

United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC)

Founded in 2004, the United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC) is the national grassroots membership organization for worker co-ops. Their membership includes democratic workplaces, cooperative developers and organizations that support worker cooperatives. The organization advances worker-owned, -managed, and -governed workplaces through cooperative education, advocacy, business development, and grassroots organizing. As a membership and advocacy organization, they connect worker cooperative members to business benefits, to one another, and to a larger network promoting racial and economic justice. The organization amplifies the voices of our 160+ business and organizational members to advocate for worker’s power and the worker cooperative business model at local, state, and national levels. The USFWC is linked with aligned efforts internationally, including through our leadership in CICOPA, the international federation for worker co-ops.

The QVS Fellow will work as a Program and Outreach Assistant. The Fellow’s responsibilities will include communications & design, social media, program outreach & development, and fundraising. Some of the tasks that they will be doing is editing the newsletter and website, posting diverse content to social media pages, promoting USFWC membership and participation, and supporting grant support and sustaining the donors program. The QVS Fellow should have the good communication skills and be able to communicate via phone, email, and in person. They should be detail oriented, well organized, and comfortable facilitating.

Urban Gleaners

Urban Gleaners collects nutritious food that would otherwise be thrown away from markets, restaurants, events and farms, and redistributes it to hungry kids and their families in Portland, Oregon. Forty percent of food produced in this country goes to waste without anyone getting to eat it, and 223,480 children in Oregon are food-insecure. Urban Gleaners helps to bridge this gap between abundance and need. Our dedicated volunteers and small paid staff pick up 60,000 lbs of food every month, including fresh produce, dairy, bread and prepared foods. We partner with schools, the local housing authority, the Portland Parks Department, and other hunger-relief agencies to make this food available at over 40 weekly pantries where families can browse and select the items that appeal to them. Urban Gleaners does not charge for food, nor do we require any kind of paperwork or qualification to access it.

We are seeking a Quaker Voluntary Service Fellow to help us identify more food donors, manage the repackaging of prepared foods, and implement a system to collect data about the service that we provide. Awareness of food waste has spread rapidly over the past few years, and Urban Gleaners has been able to grow organically by adding food donors who have reached out to us. But the need for food assistance is constant and growing. Recruiting food donors requires repeated visits, building strong relationships with decision makers, and knowledge of processes and applicable laws. Our QVS Fellow would identify and sign up sites which are not yet donating their excess food. Collecting more food will allow us to say “yes” to more of the organizations that call us every week, asking for food deliveries.
Restaurant waste is a largely untapped resource, mostly because of the logistical challenges of coordinating pickups and repackaging food into individual portions. Urban Gleaners specializes in getting this very nutritious prepared food out to people who need it within 24 hours of pickup. Repacking food is a major volunteer activity for us. Our QVS Fellow would manage these volunteers, ensure portions are labelled correctly, and keep track of when food comes in and out.

Poverty is a high enough barrier in itself, which is why Urban Gleaners does not ask any recipients for proof of need nor identification. But there is value in knowing the demographics of the people we serve. Our QVS Fellow would regularly visit all of our distribution sites, working with our partners to collect data on the populations who visit the pantry, as well as making sure that the food we deliver fits their greatest need.

Our warehouse is located in Portland’s Central East Side Industrial District. Although we are well- served by public transit, our pantries are scattered over a large area in Portland, so access to a car is required for pantry visits. Knowledge of Spanish, Mandarin or Russian is a definite plus.

YWCA of Greater Portland

YWCA of Greater Portland Founded in 1901, the YWCA of Greater Portland’s mission is to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. We utilize a social service and social change approach to serve the greater Portland community, providing direct services to vulnerable and marginalized people, and working upstream to make our community a more equitable place. Each year we continue to grow, and plan to accomplish the following through our four core programs: 1) ) Family Preservation Project (FPP): Supports 7,500 incarcerated women, their children, and children’s caregivers to strengthen family connections and interrupt the inter-generational cycle of criminal justice involvement, poverty, and addiction through a holistic, family-centered approach; 2) Domestic Violence (DV) Services: Support over 1,100 people affected by DV to take back control of their lives through safety planning, housing advocacy within Portland’s tough rental market, and the provision of shelter; 3) Senior Services: Empower approximately 500 low-income seniors and adults with disabilities to stay in their own homes for as long as possible; and 4) Social Justice Program: Provides a theoretical and practical understanding of racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression, facilitating training to over 2,000 agents for social change. We have a full time staff of 28.

The QVS Fellow will serve as Social Justice and Y Share Program Assistant and will assist with social justice trainings, program promotion, curriculum development, and research. The Fellow will represent the YWCA on various advocacy coalitions and work with Y Share (a co-housing program for DV survivors and their children) staff in identifying needed supports for residents of Y Share housing. The Fellow will also support the continued expansion of the program in the direction of policy and legislative advocacy, including supporting and being actively engaged in YW ACT teams (volunteer driven advocacy groups) and lobby days. Program presenters and participants are people whose identities include complex intersections between dominant and marginalized groups. This provides opportunities to work directly with marginalized people, support people in dominant groups in developing a consciousness of oppression dynamics, and engage in advocacy toward organizational and structural change. The Fellow will work mainly with adult students, advocates and professionals and some clients. Like in many social service agencies, the professionals and advocates come from similar backgrounds as the clients they serve.

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.

Atlanta

Fair Food

Fair Food is dedicated to preserving productive Fair Food in the Delaware Valley and bringing healthy, humanely-raised local food to the Philadelphia area. Fair Food was founded in 2000 with the goal of slowing the rapid loss of productive farmland by finding new wholesale buyers and simplifying delivery logistics so that food produced in the region could get to consumers’ plates. They call the work of relationship building between producers and wholesale buyers “Value Chain Coordination” (VCC); it is impactful, low input, and drives economic activity – it’s an essential tool to achieve the goal of creating a strong and resilient local food system. Fair Food also works to strengthen the public’s access to locally produced food via The Fair Food Farmstand at Reading Terminal Market, a year-round, retail outlet for all-local products. The Farmstand carries a variety of fresh produce, meats, poultry, dairy, eggs, cheese and value-added products from organic and sustainable farms within a 150-mile radius of Philadelphia. Open seven days a week, the goals of the Farmstand are to educate consumers about the benefits of buying local, to provide the region with a point of access to sustainably-raised food, and to support farmers by providing a market for local products.

A QVS Fellow will serve as The Food Access Coordinator (FAC) and will be responsible for managing Fair Food’s Double Dollars Program on a day-to-day basis as well as identifying opportunities to increase the program’s impact and collaborate with partners and similar initiatives in the Philadelphia-area. Double Dollars is a Double Value Coupon Program (DVCP) that serves individuals using SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits, by offering a dollar-for dollar match on groceries purchased at the Farmstand. The Food Access Coordinator will track Double Dollars, learn about food access initiatives, and conduct customer outreach.

Philadelphia

Education
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
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.

Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility

Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility was founded in 1981 by a group of local physicians and scientists who advocated against nuclear weapons and for the cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. We are the local affiliate of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War which was awarded the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize. Guided by the values and expertise of medicine and public health, Oregon PSR seeks a healthy, just and peaceful world for present and future generations by protecting human life from the gravest threats to health and survival.

Specific programs include advocating for a healthy climate and environment, ending nuclear power, and promoting peaceful alternatives to militarism, nuclear weapons, and gun violence. In addition to bringing the health perspective to issues of social responsibility, we intentionally prioritize the voices and needs of communities of color. We work to incorporate racial and immigrant justice into our environmental, anti-nuclear, and peacebuilding work.
The QVS Fellow will assist with outreach, planning, and management of projects within our program areas. This will include: Coordinating our annual peace writing scholarship for Oregon high school students; Doing outreach for our annual Hiroshima and Nagasaki commemoration; Assisting in grassroots lobbying efforts on energy issues at local, state, and national levels; Staffing our outreach table at community events and rallies; Representing Oregon PSR at multi-organizational campaigns and events; Assisting with social media and earned media outreach; Networking with health professional and health professional student organizations; and assisting with organizational fundraisers, events and other activities.
Philadelphia Orchard Project

Philadelphia Orchard Project (POP) plants and supports community orchards in the city of Philadelphia. These orchards transform and revitalize urban environments and represent a long-term investment in the communities where they are planted. Founded in 2007 by alternative economic development pioneer Paul Glover, POP is part of a growing movement to develop more sustainable, equitable, and ethical local food systems. Since its founding, POP has worked with community-based groups to plan and plant orchards at 41 locations in neighborhoods across the city, and currently supports a total of 56 city orchard sites. Each orchard is planted in collaboration with a community group, a strategy that ensures that the people who stand to benefit from POP’s initiatives are central to their implementation from the very beginning. Partners include schools, churches, community gardens, urban farms, recreation centers, parks, transition houses, and other urban spaces, almost exclusively in low-wealth neighborhoods.

POP staff currently consists of 1 full time Executive Director, and 3 part time positions: Orchard Director, Education Director, and Development Associate. Primary programs include planting new community orchards at a rate of 4-6 per year; supporting 56 existing city orchard sites with consulting visits, volunteer recruitment, tool access, training, and educational programs; gleaning and distributing fruit that would otherwise go to waste; and building community involvement through seasonal harvest festivals and other events.

The Fellow will assist in a variety of Philadelphia Orchard Project activities, with particular focus on POP’s school orchard program. The Fellow will help deliver school orchard support including site visits and teacher training; designing and implementing lesson plans; and developing new educational materials. The Fellow will also participate in other POP activities including planting and gleaning events, volunteer coordination, grant writing and research, outreach and marketing, and researching and creating content for POP’s blog and other publications.

POP’s orchards and programs are focused in diverse, low-wealth neighborhoods across the city. Demographic indicators for these neighborhoods show areas of concentrated poverty, diet related disease, and lower educational rates. Although POP programs serve all ages, the Fellow’s efforts will be concentrated on programs serving youth (K-12) at public and charter schools.

Philadelphia Parks Alliance

Philadelphia Parks AllianceFounded in 1984, the Philadelphia Parks Alliance leads a diverse and expanding citizens’ movement which believes that great public spaces help create a higher quality of life for all Philadelphia residents. We primarily accomplish this through direct services and programming that cultivate civic engagement and community ownership in all of Philadelphia’s public spaces, especially in our most impoverished communities.

The mission of the Parks Alliance is to champion the public’s interest in outstanding parks, recreation, and open spaces - key to making Philadelphia a healthy, vibrant, and sustainable city for all. We are currently small and efficient (with a team of less than 20); but our organizational mandate is city-wide and with more than 1.5 million residents, of which 28% live below the poverty line, our expansive vision to reach every community of need makes it imperative for us to continue to grow.

As an organization, we seek to:

    • Mitigate structural poverty by creating more and better opportunities for Philadelphia residents through public space programming
    • Develop both public and private partnerships with organizations and community leaders
    • Become more widely known as a data-driven enterprise that offers our donors optimal value and our community stakeholders significant benefit.

Currently, our primary focus as an organization is on our Recreation Community Initiative. With this initiative, we develop recreation centers into comprehensive community centers that offer a variety of well-attended programming, such as ESL support, after-school tutoring, Pre-K programming, and other services at recreation centers across the city.

The QVS Fellow will serve as a Community Outreach Coordinator as a part of our Recreation Community Initiative (RCI). The goal of this initiative is to ensure that all 180 recreation centers in the city flourish with well-attended programming and a stable support system. We hold anywhere from 2-6 recreation meetings a month for which the Fellow will help lead and collect recreation center data for our database. These dinners provide a great opportunity for the Fellow to not only interact with rec leaders and advisory council members, but interact with up to 100 community members of all ages at any given time. In addition to these community dinners, the Fellow will build relationships with resource-providing partners, such as other nonprofits, Parks & Rec staff, and volunteers. Finally, the Fellow will actively canvass the corresponding rec center neighborhoods, going door to door with flyers, often personally inviting members of the community to our events.

YWCA of Greater Portland

YWCA of Greater Portland Founded in 1901, the YWCA of Greater Portland’s mission is to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. We utilize a social service and social change approach to serve the greater Portland community, providing direct services to vulnerable and marginalized people, and working upstream to make our community a more equitable place. Each year we continue to grow, and plan to accomplish the following through our four core programs: 1) ) Family Preservation Project (FPP): Supports 7,500 incarcerated women, their children, and children’s caregivers to strengthen family connections and interrupt the inter-generational cycle of criminal justice involvement, poverty, and addiction through a holistic, family-centered approach; 2) Domestic Violence (DV) Services: Support over 1,100 people affected by DV to take back control of their lives through safety planning, housing advocacy within Portland’s tough rental market, and the provision of shelter; 3) Senior Services: Empower approximately 500 low-income seniors and adults with disabilities to stay in their own homes for as long as possible; and 4) Social Justice Program: Provides a theoretical and practical understanding of racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression, facilitating training to over 2,000 agents for social change. We have a full time staff of 28.

The QVS Fellow will serve as Social Justice and Y Share Program Assistant and will assist with social justice trainings, program promotion, curriculum development, and research. The Fellow will represent the YWCA on various advocacy coalitions and work with Y Share (a co-housing program for DV survivors and their children) staff in identifying needed supports for residents of Y Share housing. The Fellow will also support the continued expansion of the program in the direction of policy and legislative advocacy, including supporting and being actively engaged in YW ACT teams (volunteer driven advocacy groups) and lobby days. Program presenters and participants are people whose identities include complex intersections between dominant and marginalized groups. This provides opportunities to work directly with marginalized people, support people in dominant groups in developing a consciousness of oppression dynamics, and engage in advocacy toward organizational and structural change. The Fellow will work mainly with adult students, advocates and professionals and some clients. Like in many social service agencies, the professionals and advocates come from similar backgrounds as the clients they serve.

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

Atlanta

The Frazer Center Adult Program

Frazer CenterThe Frazer Center Adult Program is a place where adults with a variety of abilities gather together to learn and to flourish with the ultimate goal of full integration into the broader community. Each day is filled with education, work training, and recreation opportunities that allow the adult participants to develop their life skills, discover and pursue their own interests, and participate in real world experiences that equip them to be valuable contributors to the community. The participants in the Adult Program range in ages from 18 to over 60. Education, work training, and recreation opportunities are offered based on individual interests, needs and abilities.

The QVS Fellow will be working with adults with intellectual disabilities. There are many options for what this person could do within the program depending on their interests/skills. The Fellow could potentially lead groups of adults in activities such as horticulture/gardening, music/drama, sports, etc. They could also take on more of a program management role which would involve leading tour groups, sharing information about Frazer Center at events, speaking with prospective families.

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Atlanta

Germantown Friends School

Germantown Friends School is dedicated to reaching that of God in every person. Their mission is to seek truth, challenge the intellect, honor differences, embrace the city, and nurture each student’s mind, body and spirit. They are a Friends school, under the care of Germantown Monthly Meeting, founded on the belief that there is that of God in everyone. Together, love and respect for each individual provide the premise for all that we do. We regard education not as training for a particular way of life, but as part of a lifelong process, and as we guide and encourage our students in their personal growth, we try to cultivate and support in them principles that Friends have long considered to have lasting value. Among these are truthfulness, simplicity and self-discipline, the resolution of differences without violence, and respect for diverse heritages and experiences.

The QVS Fellow at Germantown Friends School works as assistant to the Director of Community Involvement, whose duties include the following: supervising the community involvement program, represents GFS in the Germantown community; serving as a resource to faculty and administration in interpreting Quaker principles and practice and in sustaining the religious life of the school. The QVS Fellow will be expected to further develop their K-12 social justice-themed urban studies curriculum and serve as volunteer coordinator for the local K-5 public School Assist with K-12 Community Involvement program activities such as MLK Day, all-grade work days, and Middle School Project Time off-campus groups.

Philadelphia

The Friends School of Atlanta

The Friends School of Atlanta’s (FSA) mission is to provide challenging academics in a diverse environment, drawing on the Quaker values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality and stewardship to empower our students to go out into the world with conscience, conviction and compassion. FSA was founded in 1991 and currently enrolls 197 students in a pre-kindergarten through eighth grade program. The school was founded as a model for building a diverse school community that brings forward over 320 years of Quaker education in America. The ideal Fellow will bring their own interests and desire to serve our Quaker school community. Fellows may want to join in support of on-going activities at FSA or they may have a unique skill or interest that they wish to introduce to our school.

Atlanta

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.

Boston

Healthcare
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.

L’Arche Portland

L’Arche Portland is a faith-based organization in which people with and without intellectual disabilities create home and build community together. The focus of life in L’Arche is creating home with adults with disabilities, rather than just providing services to them. L’Arche believes in the power of relationship in community to transform lives and bring real home and genuine love to those whose deepest suffering is not their disability, but their experience of isolation and loneliness. L’Arche is a leader in demonstrating to Oregonians the quality care and companionship that is possible. It distinguishes itself by caring about people, rather than caring for people. L’Arche imparts to the broader community its vision of the unique value of every person, our need for one another, and the transforming power of mutual relationships.

The QVS Fellow will serve as a Live-Out Assistant. L’Arche Assistants work with the other Assistants and the Community Leadership Team to create and support community life in our homes. This position requires a mature individual able to maintain confidentiality while dealing with a variety of personalities and the tensions and conflicts that result. L’Arche Assistants must learn to develop competence in a wide range of areas including interpersonal relations, household planning, and personal time management. This position requires a commitment to live out the mission of L’Arche Portland and a call to share life with people with disabilities.

L’arche Atlanta

L’Arche Atlanta brings together people with and without intellectual disabilities to share life in faith community. Our mission is to make known the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities, revealed through mutually transforming relationships. L’Arche has a rich 50 year history in the world. Originally founded in France in 1964, L’Arche has expanded to approximately 140 communities in 37 countries. L’Arche was founded in Atlanta in 2012. The house in Atlanta is comprised of three core members (people with disabilities) live with three live-in assistants. L’Arche also serves approximately 125 people of all abilities through community social events that occur every other month.

L’Arche provides ample training and support in the role a QVS Fellow will fill, which would be to provide direct care support for the core members of the community. They will assist in daily living tasks and activities including meal preparation, medication administration, transportation, grocery shopping, behavioral support implementation, and other care-related activities. Along with support from L’Arche staff, there will be opportunity for research around racial, religious, and socio-economic diversity as it relates to disability studies and funding. The QVS Fellow can expect to be a part of a larger conversation and experience of community, compassion, and gifts that each person brings.

Atlanta

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.

Boston

Immigration
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.

Nationalities Service Center (NSC)

Nationalities Service Center (NSC) is Philadelphia’s leading immigrant and refugee service organization empowering individuals to build a self-sustaining and dignified future. The Nationalities Service Center (NSC), believes that immigrants and refugees are a critical part of the fabric of life in the United States, and it is our vision that all immigrants and refugees achieve a life of dignity, safety, stability, sustainable opportunities and meaningful connections to their communities. To this end, NSC provides comprehensive services to immigrants and refugees, including legal protections, community integration, access to health and wellness services, and opportunities to achieve English language proficiency. Their dedicated staff are committed to ensuring that each of our clients receives high-quality holistic care and work together to refer clients to internal and external services based on the individual’s needs. Today, NSC serves 5,000 immigrants and refugees each year from over 100 countries around the world. They are the largest non-sectarian organization in the Greater Philadelphia area which provides comprehensive services in the areas of language access and proficiency, legal protections and remedies, community transition and integration, access to health and wellness, and job readiness training to immigrants and refugees.

The QVS Fellow will serve as the Legal Assistant, which provides direct legal services to clients in immigration law matters under the supervision of the Director of Legal Services. The Legal Assistant conducts legal intakes with clients, presents cases for analysis and review to the attorneys on staff, performs factual and legal research, completes applications for relief, meets regularly with clients, and speaks to community groups. The Legal Assistant works with low-income immigrants and refugees from diverse national origins. The clients are women, men and children; all age groups; all races/ethnicities; and varied language abilities. The Fellow should have strong communication skills, the ability to work well with people from many backgrounds, education levels, and traditions, the ability to work both individually and as a team, and have a strong interest in serving low-income immigrants.

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.

Boston

Nationalities Service Center (NSC)

Nationalities Service Center (NSC) is Philadelphia’s leading immigrant and refugee service organization empowering individuals to build a self-sustaining and dignified future. The Nationalities Service Center (NSC), believes that immigrants and refugees are a critical part of the fabric of life in the United States, and it is our vision that all immigrants and refugees achieve a life of dignity, safety, stability, sustainable opportunities and meaningful connections to their communities. To this end, NSC provides comprehensive services to immigrants and refugees, including legal protections, community integration, access to health and wellness services, and opportunities to achieve English language proficiency. Their dedicated staff are committed to ensuring that each of our clients receives high-quality holistic care and work together to refer clients to internal and external services based on the individual’s needs. Today, NSC serves 5,000 immigrants and refugees each year from over 100 countries around the world. They are the largest non-sectarian organization in the Greater Philadelphia area which provides comprehensive services in the areas of language access and proficiency, legal protections and remedies, community transition and integration, access to health and wellness, and job readiness training to immigrants and refugees.

The QVS Fellow will serve as the Legal Assistant, which provides direct legal services to clients in immigration law matters under the supervision of the Director of Legal Services. The Legal Assistant conducts legal intakes with clients, presents cases for analysis and review to the attorneys on staff, performs factual and legal research, completes applications for relief, meets regularly with clients, and speaks to community groups. The Legal Assistant works with low-income immigrants and refugees from diverse national origins. The clients are women, men and children; all age groups; all races/ethnicities; and varied language abilities. The Fellow should have strong communication skills, the ability to work well with people from many backgrounds, education levels, and traditions, the ability to work both individually and as a team, and have a strong interest in serving low-income immigrants.

Philadelphia

Friends Rehabilitation Program (FRP)

Friends Rehabilitation Program (FRP) is a Quaker values-based affordable housing and social service provider working in the Philadelphia region. The organization aims to transform neighborhoods through community-based economic development, sustainable affordable housing, and transitional opportunities for marginalized populations. By integrating best practices in sustainable and equitable development, FRP focuses on empowering residents, unlocking value, and fostering vibrant, creative communities. FRP provides 500 units of affordable housing in various neighborhoods of Philadelphia and employs over 70 individuals. FRP’s work emphasizes racial and economic justice, equity and ownership, and trauma-informed care as we foster communities of excitement, wonder, pride and engagement. They are developing affordable and mixed-income housing and sustainable cooperatives with a systems approach to supporting marginalized communities. FRP aims to cultivate ‘ecosystems’ that foster social cohesion, stewardship, and resilience through housing, training, food access, community programs, social services, and sustainable business incubation. FRP uses an asset-based approach and the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship to inform this work.

The Sustainable Development Fellow will work closely with staff, in a team-based approach on programs focusing on food justice, economic equality, ecological sustainability, and social justice. The QVS Fellow will assist in organizational development, research, communications, and involvement with earth and community. This includes but is not limited to: assisting development and implementation of sustainability initiatives through grant writing and fundraising, conducting community outreach and research in the spirit of asset development and appreciative inquiry, as well as evidence-based development research, developing content and stories for FRP’s online presence, and planting, growing, and harvesting produce for distribution among residents.

Philadelphia

Mental Health
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.

L’Arche Portland

L’Arche Portland is a faith-based organization in which people with and without intellectual disabilities create home and build community together. The focus of life in L’Arche is creating home with adults with disabilities, rather than just providing services to them. L’Arche believes in the power of relationship in community to transform lives and bring real home and genuine love to those whose deepest suffering is not their disability, but their experience of isolation and loneliness. L’Arche is a leader in demonstrating to Oregonians the quality care and companionship that is possible. It distinguishes itself by caring about people, rather than caring for people. L’Arche imparts to the broader community its vision of the unique value of every person, our need for one another, and the transforming power of mutual relationships.

The QVS Fellow will serve as a Live-Out Assistant. L’Arche Assistants work with the other Assistants and the Community Leadership Team to create and support community life in our homes. This position requires a mature individual able to maintain confidentiality while dealing with a variety of personalities and the tensions and conflicts that result. L’Arche Assistants must learn to develop competence in a wide range of areas including interpersonal relations, household planning, and personal time management. This position requires a commitment to live out the mission of L’Arche Portland and a call to share life with people with disabilities.

P:ear

P:ear builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art and recreation to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful and healthier lives. With a staff of only 9 people, each year we serve almost 800 homeless youth ages 15-25. Located at the corner of NW6th and Flanders, p:ear has been building positive relationships with homeless youth since 2002. During that time, p:ear has been recognized for our innovative programs and approach to homeless youth, including the Lowenstein Award, Friends of Alternative Education, and the Crystal Starbright Award.

The QVS Fellow will be serving as a Kitchen and Food Manager. The Kitchen and Food Manager will serve as a positive adult role model for youth accessing p:ear, with emphasis on respect and commitment. 80% of floor staff time will be spent coordinating meals, supervising cooks and kitchen volunteers and working directly with youth, the other 20% of time will be spent on administrative, organization and housekeeping tasks. Some of the duties are: to create a safe, supportive, structured environment; abide by all policies and procedures; develop positive, respectful relationships with youth, other volunteers, staff, and local business owners; maintain appropriate boundaries; help prepare the facility each morning, clean and organize it at end of work day with an emphasis on kitchen and food areas; and participate in weekly staff meetings, monthly in-services, retreats and p:ear events.

The Frazer Center Adult Program

Frazer CenterThe Frazer Center Adult Program is a place where adults with a variety of abilities gather together to learn and to flourish with the ultimate goal of full integration into the broader community. Each day is filled with education, work training, and recreation opportunities that allow the adult participants to develop their life skills, discover and pursue their own interests, and participate in real world experiences that equip them to be valuable contributors to the community. The participants in the Adult Program range in ages from 18 to over 60. Education, work training, and recreation opportunities are offered based on individual interests, needs and abilities.

The QVS Fellow will be working with adults with intellectual disabilities. There are many options for what this person could do within the program depending on their interests/skills. The Fellow could potentially lead groups of adults in activities such as horticulture/gardening, music/drama, sports, etc. They could also take on more of a program management role which would involve leading tour groups, sharing information about Frazer Center at events, speaking with prospective families.

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Atlanta

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.

Boston

Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility

Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility was founded in 1981 by a group of local physicians and scientists who advocated against nuclear weapons and for the cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. We are the local affiliate of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War which was awarded the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize. Guided by the values and expertise of medicine and public health, Oregon PSR seeks a healthy, just and peaceful world for present and future generations by protecting human life from the gravest threats to health and survival.

Specific programs include advocating for a healthy climate and environment, ending nuclear power, and promoting peaceful alternatives to militarism, nuclear weapons, and gun violence. In addition to bringing the health perspective to issues of social responsibility, we intentionally prioritize the voices and needs of communities of color. We work to incorporate racial and immigrant justice into our environmental, anti-nuclear, and peacebuilding work.
The QVS Fellow will assist with outreach, planning, and management of projects within our program areas. This will include: Coordinating our annual peace writing scholarship for Oregon high school students; Doing outreach for our annual Hiroshima and Nagasaki commemoration; Assisting in grassroots lobbying efforts on energy issues at local, state, and national levels; Staffing our outreach table at community events and rallies; Representing Oregon PSR at multi-organizational campaigns and events; Assisting with social media and earned media outreach; Networking with health professional and health professional student organizations; and assisting with organizational fundraisers, events and other activities.

Portland

L’arche Atlanta

L’Arche Atlanta brings together people with and without intellectual disabilities to share life in faith community. Our mission is to make known the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities, revealed through mutually transforming relationships. L’Arche has a rich 50 year history in the world. Originally founded in France in 1964, L’Arche has expanded to approximately 140 communities in 37 countries. L’Arche was founded in Atlanta in 2012. The house in Atlanta is comprised of three core members (people with disabilities) live with three live-in assistants. L’Arche also serves approximately 125 people of all abilities through community social events that occur every other month.

L’Arche provides ample training and support in the role a QVS Fellow will fill, which would be to provide direct care support for the core members of the community. They will assist in daily living tasks and activities including meal preparation, medication administration, transportation, grocery shopping, behavioral support implementation, and other care-related activities. Along with support from L’Arche staff, there will be opportunity for research around racial, religious, and socio-economic diversity as it relates to disability studies and funding. The QVS Fellow can expect to be a part of a larger conversation and experience of community, compassion, and gifts that each person brings.

Atlanta

L’Arche Portland

L’Arche Portland is a faith-based organization in which people with and without intellectual disabilities create home and build community together. The focus of life in L’Arche is creating home with adults with disabilities, rather than just providing services to them. L’Arche believes in the power of relationship in community to transform lives and bring real home and genuine love to those whose deepest suffering is not their disability, but their experience of isolation and loneliness. L’Arche is a leader in demonstrating to Oregonians the quality care and companionship that is possible. It distinguishes itself by caring about people, rather than caring for people. L’Arche imparts to the broader community its vision of the unique value of every person, our need for one another, and the transforming power of mutual relationships.

The QVS Fellow will serve as a Live-Out Assistant. L’Arche Assistants work with the other Assistants and the Community Leadership Team to create and support community life in our homes. This position requires a mature individual able to maintain confidentiality while dealing with a variety of personalities and the tensions and conflicts that result. L’Arche Assistants must learn to develop competence in a wide range of areas including interpersonal relations, household planning, and personal time management. This position requires a commitment to live out the mission of L’Arche Portland and a call to share life with people with disabilities.

Portland

Youth
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
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.

Outside In

Outside In‘s mission is to assist homeless youth and other low-income and marginalized people move toward improved health and self-sufficiency. Outside In, established in 1968, has continually revised services to respond to changing client needs. We operate a Federally Qualified Health Center and are state-certified for both mental health treatment and alcohol and drug treatment services. Current programs include a Clinic and Homeless Youth Department. The Clinic is a cutting-edge blend of western and alternative medicine. It is a teaching site for Oregon Health Sciences University, and provides western medicine, naturopathic, acupuncture, Chinese herbal, chiropractic, and dental care. The Clinic provides healthcare five days per week and 28,000 visits annually. The Youth Department serves about 800 homeless youth annually. A Day Program provides safety off the streets and basic needs resources, including 3 meals per day, 6 days per week. It also offers other wraparound supports including case management, QueerZone supports for LGBTQ youth, mental health treatment, alcohol and drug treatment, 30 units of on-site housing, 50 units of housing in the community, our “Urban Ed” Alternative School, an employment center, and the Virginia Woof Dog Daycare/Job Training Center. This past year, 7 youth obtained their GED, 32 enrolled in college, 126 were employed, and 124 youth were supported in our housing options. 92% of youth graduating from Transitional Housing did not return to the streets.

The QVS Fellow will be serving as a Youth and Benefits Specialist. The goal of this position is to support homeless youth in transitioning from street life to self-sufficiency. The Youth and Benefits Specialist helps facilitate day-to-day services offered in the Day Program, a drop-in program for homeless youth. They will assist youth in accessing basic needs resources (food, showers, laundry, etc.) as well as actively work to build relationship and engage youth to access other needed resources and supports. Position responsibilities include: initial orientation of new youth; educating youth about resources and supports; crisis counseling (harm reduction counseling); assistance to ensure youth access eligible benefits (SNAP and Medicaid); supporting youth in identifying and accomplishing their goals by assisting them in successfully engaging and connecting with resources and supports; facilitating youth development activities; and tracking services provided to youth.

P:ear

P:ear builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art and recreation to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful and healthier lives. With a staff of only 9 people, each year we serve almost 800 homeless youth ages 15-25. Located at the corner of NW6th and Flanders, p:ear has been building positive relationships with homeless youth since 2002. During that time, p:ear has been recognized for our innovative programs and approach to homeless youth, including the Lowenstein Award, Friends of Alternative Education, and the Crystal Starbright Award.

The QVS Fellow will be serving as a Kitchen and Food Manager. The Kitchen and Food Manager will serve as a positive adult role model for youth accessing p:ear, with emphasis on respect and commitment. 80% of floor staff time will be spent coordinating meals, supervising cooks and kitchen volunteers and working directly with youth, the other 20% of time will be spent on administrative, organization and housekeeping tasks. Some of the duties are: to create a safe, supportive, structured environment; abide by all policies and procedures; develop positive, respectful relationships with youth, other volunteers, staff, and local business owners; maintain appropriate boundaries; help prepare the facility each morning, clean and organize it at end of work day with an emphasis on kitchen and food areas; and participate in weekly staff meetings, monthly in-services, retreats and p:ear events.

Philadelphia Parks Alliance

Philadelphia Parks AllianceFounded in 1984, the Philadelphia Parks Alliance leads a diverse and expanding citizens’ movement which believes that great public spaces help create a higher quality of life for all Philadelphia residents. We primarily accomplish this through direct services and programming that cultivate civic engagement and community ownership in all of Philadelphia’s public spaces, especially in our most impoverished communities.

The mission of the Parks Alliance is to champion the public’s interest in outstanding parks, recreation, and open spaces - key to making Philadelphia a healthy, vibrant, and sustainable city for all. We are currently small and efficient (with a team of less than 20); but our organizational mandate is city-wide and with more than 1.5 million residents, of which 28% live below the poverty line, our expansive vision to reach every community of need makes it imperative for us to continue to grow.

As an organization, we seek to:

    • Mitigate structural poverty by creating more and better opportunities for Philadelphia residents through public space programming
    • Develop both public and private partnerships with organizations and community leaders
    • Become more widely known as a data-driven enterprise that offers our donors optimal value and our community stakeholders significant benefit.

Currently, our primary focus as an organization is on our Recreation Community Initiative. With this initiative, we develop recreation centers into comprehensive community centers that offer a variety of well-attended programming, such as ESL support, after-school tutoring, Pre-K programming, and other services at recreation centers across the city.

The QVS Fellow will serve as a Community Outreach Coordinator as a part of our Recreation Community Initiative (RCI). The goal of this initiative is to ensure that all 180 recreation centers in the city flourish with well-attended programming and a stable support system. We hold anywhere from 2-6 recreation meetings a month for which the Fellow will help lead and collect recreation center data for our database. These dinners provide a great opportunity for the Fellow to not only interact with rec leaders and advisory council members, but interact with up to 100 community members of all ages at any given time. In addition to these community dinners, the Fellow will build relationships with resource-providing partners, such as other nonprofits, Parks & Rec staff, and volunteers. Finally, the Fellow will actively canvass the corresponding rec center neighborhoods, going door to door with flyers, often personally inviting members of the community to our events.

YWCA of Greater Portland

YWCA of Greater Portland Founded in 1901, the YWCA of Greater Portland’s mission is to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. We utilize a social service and social change approach to serve the greater Portland community, providing direct services to vulnerable and marginalized people, and working upstream to make our community a more equitable place. Each year we continue to grow, and plan to accomplish the following through our four core programs: 1) ) Family Preservation Project (FPP): Supports 7,500 incarcerated women, their children, and children’s caregivers to strengthen family connections and interrupt the inter-generational cycle of criminal justice involvement, poverty, and addiction through a holistic, family-centered approach; 2) Domestic Violence (DV) Services: Support over 1,100 people affected by DV to take back control of their lives through safety planning, housing advocacy within Portland’s tough rental market, and the provision of shelter; 3) Senior Services: Empower approximately 500 low-income seniors and adults with disabilities to stay in their own homes for as long as possible; and 4) Social Justice Program: Provides a theoretical and practical understanding of racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression, facilitating training to over 2,000 agents for social change. We have a full time staff of 28.

The QVS Fellow will serve as Social Justice and Y Share Program Assistant and will assist with social justice trainings, program promotion, curriculum development, and research. The Fellow will represent the YWCA on various advocacy coalitions and work with Y Share (a co-housing program for DV survivors and their children) staff in identifying needed supports for residents of Y Share housing. The Fellow will also support the continued expansion of the program in the direction of policy and legislative advocacy, including supporting and being actively engaged in YW ACT teams (volunteer driven advocacy groups) and lobby days. Program presenters and participants are people whose identities include complex intersections between dominant and marginalized groups. This provides opportunities to work directly with marginalized people, support people in dominant groups in developing a consciousness of oppression dynamics, and engage in advocacy toward organizational and structural change. The Fellow will work mainly with adult students, advocates and professionals and some clients. Like in many social service agencies, the professionals and advocates come from similar backgrounds as the clients they serve.

The Frazer Center Adult Program

Frazer CenterThe Frazer Center Adult Program is a place where adults with a variety of abilities gather together to learn and to flourish with the ultimate goal of full integration into the broader community. Each day is filled with education, work training, and recreation opportunities that allow the adult participants to develop their life skills, discover and pursue their own interests, and participate in real world experiences that equip them to be valuable contributors to the community. The participants in the Adult Program range in ages from 18 to over 60. Education, work training, and recreation opportunities are offered based on individual interests, needs and abilities.

The QVS Fellow will be working with adults with intellectual disabilities. There are many options for what this person could do within the program depending on their interests/skills. The Fellow could potentially lead groups of adults in activities such as horticulture/gardening, music/drama, sports, etc. They could also take on more of a program management role which would involve leading tour groups, sharing information about Frazer Center at events, speaking with prospective families.

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Atlanta

Germantown Friends School

Germantown Friends School is dedicated to reaching that of God in every person. Their mission is to seek truth, challenge the intellect, honor differences, embrace the city, and nurture each student’s mind, body and spirit. They are a Friends school, under the care of Germantown Monthly Meeting, founded on the belief that there is that of God in everyone. Together, love and respect for each individual provide the premise for all that we do. We regard education not as training for a particular way of life, but as part of a lifelong process, and as we guide and encourage our students in their personal growth, we try to cultivate and support in them principles that Friends have long considered to have lasting value. Among these are truthfulness, simplicity and self-discipline, the resolution of differences without violence, and respect for diverse heritages and experiences.

The QVS Fellow at Germantown Friends School works as assistant to the Director of Community Involvement, whose duties include the following: supervising the community involvement program, represents GFS in the Germantown community; serving as a resource to faculty and administration in interpreting Quaker principles and practice and in sustaining the religious life of the school. The QVS Fellow will be expected to further develop their K-12 social justice-themed urban studies curriculum and serve as volunteer coordinator for the local K-5 public School Assist with K-12 Community Involvement program activities such as MLK Day, all-grade work days, and Middle School Project Time off-campus groups.

Philadelphia

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.

Boston

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

Atlanta

Women's Rights
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.

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.

YWCA of Greater Portland

YWCA of Greater Portland Founded in 1901, the YWCA of Greater Portland’s mission is to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. We utilize a social service and social change approach to serve the greater Portland community, providing direct services to vulnerable and marginalized people, and working upstream to make our community a more equitable place. Each year we continue to grow, and plan to accomplish the following through our four core programs: 1) ) Family Preservation Project (FPP): Supports 7,500 incarcerated women, their children, and children’s caregivers to strengthen family connections and interrupt the inter-generational cycle of criminal justice involvement, poverty, and addiction through a holistic, family-centered approach; 2) Domestic Violence (DV) Services: Support over 1,100 people affected by DV to take back control of their lives through safety planning, housing advocacy within Portland’s tough rental market, and the provision of shelter; 3) Senior Services: Empower approximately 500 low-income seniors and adults with disabilities to stay in their own homes for as long as possible; and 4) Social Justice Program: Provides a theoretical and practical understanding of racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression, facilitating training to over 2,000 agents for social change. We have a full time staff of 28.

The QVS Fellow will serve as Social Justice and Y Share Program Assistant and will assist with social justice trainings, program promotion, curriculum development, and research. The Fellow will represent the YWCA on various advocacy coalitions and work with Y Share (a co-housing program for DV survivors and their children) staff in identifying needed supports for residents of Y Share housing. The Fellow will also support the continued expansion of the program in the direction of policy and legislative advocacy, including supporting and being actively engaged in YW ACT teams (volunteer driven advocacy groups) and lobby days. Program presenters and participants are people whose identities include complex intersections between dominant and marginalized groups. This provides opportunities to work directly with marginalized people, support people in dominant groups in developing a consciousness of oppression dynamics, and engage in advocacy toward organizational and structural change. The Fellow will work mainly with adult students, advocates and professionals and some clients. Like in many social service agencies, the professionals and advocates come from similar backgrounds as the clients they serve.

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.

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Racial Justice
350.org

350.org is building a global grassroots climate movement that can hold our leaders accountable to the realities of science and the principles of justice. That movement is rising from the bottom up all over the world, and is uniting to create the solutions that will ensure a better future for all. Our online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions bring together a global network active in over 188 countries.

The QVS Fellow will support and lead a specific project with a North American Frontline community/ies of Color most impacted by climate change.

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.

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.

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.

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.

United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC)

Founded in 2004, the United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC) is the national grassroots membership organization for worker co-ops. Their membership includes democratic workplaces, cooperative developers and organizations that support worker cooperatives. The organization advances worker-owned, -managed, and -governed workplaces through cooperative education, advocacy, business development, and grassroots organizing. As a membership and advocacy organization, they connect worker cooperative members to business benefits, to one another, and to a larger network promoting racial and economic justice. The organization amplifies the voices of our 160+ business and organizational members to advocate for worker’s power and the worker cooperative business model at local, state, and national levels. The USFWC is linked with aligned efforts internationally, including through our leadership in CICOPA, the international federation for worker co-ops.

The QVS Fellow will work as a Program and Outreach Assistant. The Fellow’s responsibilities will include communications & design, social media, program outreach & development, and fundraising. Some of the tasks that they will be doing is editing the newsletter and website, posting diverse content to social media pages, promoting USFWC membership and participation, and supporting grant support and sustaining the donors program. The QVS Fellow should have the good communication skills and be able to communicate via phone, email, and in person. They should be detail oriented, well organized, and comfortable facilitating.

YWCA of Greater Portland

YWCA of Greater Portland Founded in 1901, the YWCA of Greater Portland’s mission is to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. We utilize a social service and social change approach to serve the greater Portland community, providing direct services to vulnerable and marginalized people, and working upstream to make our community a more equitable place. Each year we continue to grow, and plan to accomplish the following through our four core programs: 1) ) Family Preservation Project (FPP): Supports 7,500 incarcerated women, their children, and children’s caregivers to strengthen family connections and interrupt the inter-generational cycle of criminal justice involvement, poverty, and addiction through a holistic, family-centered approach; 2) Domestic Violence (DV) Services: Support over 1,100 people affected by DV to take back control of their lives through safety planning, housing advocacy within Portland’s tough rental market, and the provision of shelter; 3) Senior Services: Empower approximately 500 low-income seniors and adults with disabilities to stay in their own homes for as long as possible; and 4) Social Justice Program: Provides a theoretical and practical understanding of racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression, facilitating training to over 2,000 agents for social change. We have a full time staff of 28.

The QVS Fellow will serve as Social Justice and Y Share Program Assistant and will assist with social justice trainings, program promotion, curriculum development, and research. The Fellow will represent the YWCA on various advocacy coalitions and work with Y Share (a co-housing program for DV survivors and their children) staff in identifying needed supports for residents of Y Share housing. The Fellow will also support the continued expansion of the program in the direction of policy and legislative advocacy, including supporting and being actively engaged in YW ACT teams (volunteer driven advocacy groups) and lobby days. Program presenters and participants are people whose identities include complex intersections between dominant and marginalized groups. This provides opportunities to work directly with marginalized people, support people in dominant groups in developing a consciousness of oppression dynamics, and engage in advocacy toward organizational and structural change. The Fellow will work mainly with adult students, advocates and professionals and some clients. Like in many social service agencies, the professionals and advocates come from similar backgrounds as the clients they serve.

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.

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350.org

350.org is building a global grassroots climate movement that can hold our leaders accountable to the realities of science and the principles of justice. That movement is rising from the bottom up all over the world, and is uniting to create the solutions that will ensure a better future for all. Our online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions bring together a global network active in over 188 countries.

The QVS Fellow will support and lead a specific project with a North American Frontline community/ies of Color most impacted by climate change.

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.

Bread & Roses Community (BRCF)

Bread & Roses Community (BRCF) is a unique partnership of donors and activists who share a vision for a just society in which power and resources are distributed equitably. Bread & Roses was originally founded in 1970 as the People’s Fund – a radical anti-establishment social justice fund – and was re-established in 1977 as Bread & Roses Community Fund. Bread & Roses raises money from individual donors in the community to provide grants, technical assistance, and leadership development to constituent-led, grassroots, social change organizations in the Philadelphia region. The grants BRCF gives are raised and distributed by a cross-race, cross-class, inter-generational group of community members. Bread & Roses centers all of its work around its motto: change, not charity.

The QVS Fellow at Bread & Roses will work as a Program Associate under the Director of Programs. The position will include: researching and meeting with grassroots community organizers like Ramona Africa and other local leaders; reviewing and cataloging grant proposals from a wide array of community organizations working on a wide range of issues including immigrant rights, racial justice, environmental justice, and lgbt rights; helping to design, write, and disseminate the quarterly newsletter and regular email communications; managing Bread & Roses’ social media profiles; creating and implementing programming for current BRCF grantees and other grassroots community groups, and planning and implementing a range of special events for the wider Bread & Roses community, including our annual Tribute to Change event that focuses on a different issue each year. This year’s Town Hall explored the intersection of gentrification and environmental racism. There is no typical day in the life of a Bread & Roses Community Fund QVS Fellow, and we like to think that’s what makes it so exciting!

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.

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.

Friends Rehabilitation Program (FRP)

Friends Rehabilitation Program (FRP) is a Quaker values-based affordable housing and social service provider working in the Philadelphia region. The organization aims to transform neighborhoods through community-based economic development, sustainable affordable housing, and transitional opportunities for marginalized populations. By integrating best practices in sustainable and equitable development, FRP focuses on empowering residents, unlocking value, and fostering vibrant, creative communities. FRP provides 500 units of affordable housing in various neighborhoods of Philadelphia and employs over 70 individuals. FRP’s work emphasizes racial and economic justice, equity and ownership, and trauma-informed care as we foster communities of excitement, wonder, pride and engagement. They are developing affordable and mixed-income housing and sustainable cooperatives with a systems approach to supporting marginalized communities. FRP aims to cultivate ‘ecosystems’ that foster social cohesion, stewardship, and resilience through housing, training, food access, community programs, social services, and sustainable business incubation. FRP uses an asset-based approach and the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship to inform this work.

The Sustainable Development Fellow will work closely with staff, in a team-based approach on programs focusing on food justice, economic equality, ecological sustainability, and social justice. The QVS Fellow will assist in organizational development, research, communications, and involvement with earth and community. This includes but is not limited to: assisting development and implementation of sustainability initiatives through grant writing and fundraising, conducting community outreach and research in the spirit of asset development and appreciative inquiry, as well as evidence-based development research, developing content and stories for FRP’s online presence, and planting, growing, and harvesting produce for distribution among residents.

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.

L’Arche Portland

L’Arche Portland is a faith-based organization in which people with and without intellectual disabilities create home and build community together. The focus of life in L’Arche is creating home with adults with disabilities, rather than just providing services to them. L’Arche believes in the power of relationship in community to transform lives and bring real home and genuine love to those whose deepest suffering is not their disability, but their experience of isolation and loneliness. L’Arche is a leader in demonstrating to Oregonians the quality care and companionship that is possible. It distinguishes itself by caring about people, rather than caring for people. L’Arche imparts to the broader community its vision of the unique value of every person, our need for one another, and the transforming power of mutual relationships.

The QVS Fellow will serve as a Live-Out Assistant. L’Arche Assistants work with the other Assistants and the Community Leadership Team to create and support community life in our homes. This position requires a mature individual able to maintain confidentiality while dealing with a variety of personalities and the tensions and conflicts that result. L’Arche Assistants must learn to develop competence in a wide range of areas including interpersonal relations, household planning, and personal time management. This position requires a commitment to live out the mission of L’Arche Portland and a call to share life with people with disabilities.

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.

P:ear

P:ear builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art and recreation to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful and healthier lives. With a staff of only 9 people, each year we serve almost 800 homeless youth ages 15-25. Located at the corner of NW6th and Flanders, p:ear has been building positive relationships with homeless youth since 2002. During that time, p:ear has been recognized for our innovative programs and approach to homeless youth, including the Lowenstein Award, Friends of Alternative Education, and the Crystal Starbright Award.

The QVS Fellow will be serving as a Kitchen and Food Manager. The Kitchen and Food Manager will serve as a positive adult role model for youth accessing p:ear, with emphasis on respect and commitment. 80% of floor staff time will be spent coordinating meals, supervising cooks and kitchen volunteers and working directly with youth, the other 20% of time will be spent on administrative, organization and housekeeping tasks. Some of the duties are: to create a safe, supportive, structured environment; abide by all policies and procedures; develop positive, respectful relationships with youth, other volunteers, staff, and local business owners; maintain appropriate boundaries; help prepare the facility each morning, clean and organize it at end of work day with an emphasis on kitchen and food areas; and participate in weekly staff meetings, monthly in-services, retreats and p:ear events.

Philadelphia Parks Alliance

Philadelphia Parks AllianceFounded in 1984, the Philadelphia Parks Alliance leads a diverse and expanding citizens’ movement which believes that great public spaces help create a higher quality of life for all Philadelphia residents. We primarily accomplish this through direct services and programming that cultivate civic engagement and community ownership in all of Philadelphia’s public spaces, especially in our most impoverished communities.

The mission of the Parks Alliance is to champion the public’s interest in outstanding parks, recreation, and open spaces - key to making Philadelphia a healthy, vibrant, and sustainable city for all. We are currently small and efficient (with a team of less than 20); but our organizational mandate is city-wide and with more than 1.5 million residents, of which 28% live below the poverty line, our expansive vision to reach every community of need makes it imperative for us to continue to grow.

As an organization, we seek to:

    • Mitigate structural poverty by creating more and better opportunities for Philadelphia residents through public space programming
    • Develop both public and private partnerships with organizations and community leaders
    • Become more widely known as a data-driven enterprise that offers our donors optimal value and our community stakeholders significant benefit.

Currently, our primary focus as an organization is on our Recreation Community Initiative. With this initiative, we develop recreation centers into comprehensive community centers that offer a variety of well-attended programming, such as ESL support, after-school tutoring, Pre-K programming, and other services at recreation centers across the city.

The QVS Fellow will serve as a Community Outreach Coordinator as a part of our Recreation Community Initiative (RCI). The goal of this initiative is to ensure that all 180 recreation centers in the city flourish with well-attended programming and a stable support system. We hold anywhere from 2-6 recreation meetings a month for which the Fellow will help lead and collect recreation center data for our database. These dinners provide a great opportunity for the Fellow to not only interact with rec leaders and advisory council members, but interact with up to 100 community members of all ages at any given time. In addition to these community dinners, the Fellow will build relationships with resource-providing partners, such as other nonprofits, Parks & Rec staff, and volunteers. Finally, the Fellow will actively canvass the corresponding rec center neighborhoods, going door to door with flyers, often personally inviting members of the community to our events.

United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC)

Founded in 2004, the United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC) is the national grassroots membership organization for worker co-ops. Their membership includes democratic workplaces, cooperative developers and organizations that support worker cooperatives. The organization advances worker-owned, -managed, and -governed workplaces through cooperative education, advocacy, business development, and grassroots organizing. As a membership and advocacy organization, they connect worker cooperative members to business benefits, to one another, and to a larger network promoting racial and economic justice. The organization amplifies the voices of our 160+ business and organizational members to advocate for worker’s power and the worker cooperative business model at local, state, and national levels. The USFWC is linked with aligned efforts internationally, including through our leadership in CICOPA, the international federation for worker co-ops.

The QVS Fellow will work as a Program and Outreach Assistant. The Fellow’s responsibilities will include communications & design, social media, program outreach & development, and fundraising. Some of the tasks that they will be doing is editing the newsletter and website, posting diverse content to social media pages, promoting USFWC membership and participation, and supporting grant support and sustaining the donors program. The QVS Fellow should have the good communication skills and be able to communicate via phone, email, and in person. They should be detail oriented, well organized, and comfortable facilitating.

YWCA of Greater Portland

YWCA of Greater Portland Founded in 1901, the YWCA of Greater Portland’s mission is to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. We utilize a social service and social change approach to serve the greater Portland community, providing direct services to vulnerable and marginalized people, and working upstream to make our community a more equitable place. Each year we continue to grow, and plan to accomplish the following through our four core programs: 1) ) Family Preservation Project (FPP): Supports 7,500 incarcerated women, their children, and children’s caregivers to strengthen family connections and interrupt the inter-generational cycle of criminal justice involvement, poverty, and addiction through a holistic, family-centered approach; 2) Domestic Violence (DV) Services: Support over 1,100 people affected by DV to take back control of their lives through safety planning, housing advocacy within Portland’s tough rental market, and the provision of shelter; 3) Senior Services: Empower approximately 500 low-income seniors and adults with disabilities to stay in their own homes for as long as possible; and 4) Social Justice Program: Provides a theoretical and practical understanding of racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression, facilitating training to over 2,000 agents for social change. We have a full time staff of 28.

The QVS Fellow will serve as Social Justice and Y Share Program Assistant and will assist with social justice trainings, program promotion, curriculum development, and research. The Fellow will represent the YWCA on various advocacy coalitions and work with Y Share (a co-housing program for DV survivors and their children) staff in identifying needed supports for residents of Y Share housing. The Fellow will also support the continued expansion of the program in the direction of policy and legislative advocacy, including supporting and being actively engaged in YW ACT teams (volunteer driven advocacy groups) and lobby days. Program presenters and participants are people whose identities include complex intersections between dominant and marginalized groups. This provides opportunities to work directly with marginalized people, support people in dominant groups in developing a consciousness of oppression dynamics, and engage in advocacy toward organizational and structural change. The Fellow will work mainly with adult students, advocates and professionals and some clients. Like in many social service agencies, the professionals and advocates come from similar backgrounds as the clients they serve.

The Phillip Rush Center

The Phillip Rush Centeris named for noted community advocate and philanthropist Phillip Rush in honor of his long-standing commitment to bring diverse people and organizations together in an effort to foster partnerships and understanding. With initial funding from the Lloyd Russell Foundation, the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Fund and a host of individual donors,the Phillip Rush Center houses office space, meeting and training rooms to be used by organizations whose mission or activities advance LGBT rights and understanding.

The Equality Foundation of Georgia/Georgia Equality and the Health Initiative co-founded and are both housed in the Phillip Rush Center. The Rush Center offers office space, meeting and training rooms for organizations whose mission or activities advance LGBT rights and understanding. The primary responsibility of the Fellow would be scheduling, upkeep and marketing of the Rush Center, and assistance on an as-needed basis with helping outside organizations access the Rush Center. Administrative support of Georgia Equality and the Health Initiative will be secondary duties. The population served primarily includes gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals with diverse racial and economic backgrounds, however, there are several individuals and groups that use the space who are not LGBT. While open LGBT individuals are encouraged to apply for this position, specific sexual orientation and/or gender identity are not prerequisites of the position. Individuals applying for the position must have a basic knowledge of working with LGBT communities, with preference given to those who have engaged in some form of community organizing, research or empowerment on LGBT issues. Basic computer skills and good interpersonal skills are crucial to this position.

Atlanta

L’arche Atlanta

L’Arche Atlanta brings together people with and without intellectual disabilities to share life in faith community. Our mission is to make known the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities, revealed through mutually transforming relationships. L’Arche has a rich 50 year history in the world. Originally founded in France in 1964, L’Arche has expanded to approximately 140 communities in 37 countries. L’Arche was founded in Atlanta in 2012. The house in Atlanta is comprised of three core members (people with disabilities) live with three live-in assistants. L’Arche also serves approximately 125 people of all abilities through community social events that occur every other month.

L’Arche provides ample training and support in the role a QVS Fellow will fill, which would be to provide direct care support for the core members of the community. They will assist in daily living tasks and activities including meal preparation, medication administration, transportation, grocery shopping, behavioral support implementation, and other care-related activities. Along with support from L’Arche staff, there will be opportunity for research around racial, religious, and socio-economic diversity as it relates to disability studies and funding. The QVS Fellow can expect to be a part of a larger conversation and experience of community, compassion, and gifts that each person brings.

Atlanta

Friends Rehabilitation Program (FRP)

Friends Rehabilitation Program (FRP) is a Quaker values-based affordable housing and social service provider working in the Philadelphia region. The organization aims to transform neighborhoods through community-based economic development, sustainable affordable housing, and transitional opportunities for marginalized populations. By integrating best practices in sustainable and equitable development, FRP focuses on empowering residents, unlocking value, and fostering vibrant, creative communities. FRP provides 500 units of affordable housing in various neighborhoods of Philadelphia and employs over 70 individuals. FRP’s work emphasizes racial and economic justice, equity and ownership, and trauma-informed care as we foster communities of excitement, wonder, pride and engagement. They are developing affordable and mixed-income housing and sustainable cooperatives with a systems approach to supporting marginalized communities. FRP aims to cultivate ‘ecosystems’ that foster social cohesion, stewardship, and resilience through housing, training, food access, community programs, social services, and sustainable business incubation. FRP uses an asset-based approach and the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship to inform this work.

The Sustainable Development Fellow will work closely with staff, in a team-based approach on programs focusing on food justice, economic equality, ecological sustainability, and social justice. The QVS Fellow will assist in organizational development, research, communications, and involvement with earth and community. This includes but is not limited to: assisting development and implementation of sustainability initiatives through grant writing and fundraising, conducting community outreach and research in the spirit of asset development and appreciative inquiry, as well as evidence-based development research, developing content and stories for FRP’s online presence, and planting, growing, and harvesting produce for distribution among residents.

Philadelphia

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.

Atlanta

Bread & Roses Community (BRCF)

Bread & Roses Community (BRCF) is a unique partnership of donors and activists who share a vision for a just society in which power and resources are distributed equitably. Bread & Roses was originally founded in 1970 as the People’s Fund – a radical anti-establishment social justice fund – and was re-established in 1977 as Bread & Roses Community Fund. Bread & Roses raises money from individual donors in the community to provide grants, technical assistance, and leadership development to constituent-led, grassroots, social change organizations in the Philadelphia region. The grants BRCF gives are raised and distributed by a cross-race, cross-class, inter-generational group of community members. Bread & Roses centers all of its work around its motto: change, not charity.

The QVS Fellow at Bread & Roses will work as a Program Associate under the Director of Programs. The position will include: researching and meeting with grassroots community organizers like Ramona Africa and other local leaders; reviewing and cataloging grant proposals from a wide array of community organizations working on a wide range of issues including immigrant rights, racial justice, environmental justice, and lgbt rights; helping to design, write, and disseminate the quarterly newsletter and regular email communications; managing Bread & Roses’ social media profiles; creating and implementing programming for current BRCF grantees and other grassroots community groups, and planning and implementing a range of special events for the wider Bread & Roses community, including our annual Tribute to Change event that focuses on a different issue each year. This year’s Town Hall explored the intersection of gentrification and environmental racism. There is no typical day in the life of a Bread & Roses Community Fund QVS Fellow, and we like to think that’s what makes it so exciting!

Philadelphia

Environmental/Sustainability
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..

350.org

350.org is building a global grassroots climate movement that can hold our leaders accountable to the realities of science and the principles of justice. That movement is rising from the bottom up all over the world, and is uniting to create the solutions that will ensure a better future for all. Our online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions bring together a global network active in over 188 countries.

The QVS Fellow will support and lead a specific project with a North American Frontline community/ies of Color most impacted by climate change.

Fair Food

Fair Food is dedicated to preserving productive Fair Food in the Delaware Valley and bringing healthy, humanely-raised local food to the Philadelphia area. Fair Food was founded in 2000 with the goal of slowing the rapid loss of productive farmland by finding new wholesale buyers and simplifying delivery logistics so that food produced in the region could get to consumers’ plates. They call the work of relationship building between producers and wholesale buyers “Value Chain Coordination” (VCC); it is impactful, low input, and drives economic activity – it’s an essential tool to achieve the goal of creating a strong and resilient local food system. Fair Food also works to strengthen the public’s access to locally produced food via The Fair Food Farmstand at Reading Terminal Market, a year-round, retail outlet for all-local products. The Farmstand carries a variety of fresh produce, meats, poultry, dairy, eggs, cheese and value-added products from organic and sustainable farms within a 150-mile radius of Philadelphia. Open seven days a week, the goals of the Farmstand are to educate consumers about the benefits of buying local, to provide the region with a point of access to sustainably-raised food, and to support farmers by providing a market for local products.

A QVS Fellow will serve as The Food Access Coordinator (FAC) and will be responsible for managing Fair Food’s Double Dollars Program on a day-to-day basis as well as identifying opportunities to increase the program’s impact and collaborate with partners and similar initiatives in the Philadelphia-area. Double Dollars is a Double Value Coupon Program (DVCP) that serves individuals using SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits, by offering a dollar-for dollar match on groceries purchased at the Farmstand. The Food Access Coordinator will track Double Dollars, learn about food access initiatives, and conduct customer outreach.

Friends Rehabilitation Program (FRP)

Friends Rehabilitation Program (FRP) is a Quaker values-based affordable housing and social service provider working in the Philadelphia region. The organization aims to transform neighborhoods through community-based economic development, sustainable affordable housing, and transitional opportunities for marginalized populations. By integrating best practices in sustainable and equitable development, FRP focuses on empowering residents, unlocking value, and fostering vibrant, creative communities. FRP provides 500 units of affordable housing in various neighborhoods of Philadelphia and employs over 70 individuals. FRP’s work emphasizes racial and economic justice, equity and ownership, and trauma-informed care as we foster communities of excitement, wonder, pride and engagement. They are developing affordable and mixed-income housing and sustainable cooperatives with a systems approach to supporting marginalized communities. FRP aims to cultivate ‘ecosystems’ that foster social cohesion, stewardship, and resilience through housing, training, food access, community programs, social services, and sustainable business incubation. FRP uses an asset-based approach and the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship to inform this work.

The Sustainable Development Fellow will work closely with staff, in a team-based approach on programs focusing on food justice, economic equality, ecological sustainability, and social justice. The QVS Fellow will assist in organizational development, research, communications, and involvement with earth and community. This includes but is not limited to: assisting development and implementation of sustainability initiatives through grant writing and fundraising, conducting community outreach and research in the spirit of asset development and appreciative inquiry, as well as evidence-based development research, developing content and stories for FRP’s online presence, and planting, growing, and harvesting produce for distribution among residents.

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.

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.

Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility

Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility was founded in 1981 by a group of local physicians and scientists who advocated against nuclear weapons and for the cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. We are the local affiliate of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War which was awarded the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize. Guided by the values and expertise of medicine and public health, Oregon PSR seeks a healthy, just and peaceful world for present and future generations by protecting human life from the gravest threats to health and survival.

Specific programs include advocating for a healthy climate and environment, ending nuclear power, and promoting peaceful alternatives to militarism, nuclear weapons, and gun violence. In addition to bringing the health perspective to issues of social responsibility, we intentionally prioritize the voices and needs of communities of color. We work to incorporate racial and immigrant justice into our environmental, anti-nuclear, and peacebuilding work.
The QVS Fellow will assist with outreach, planning, and management of projects within our program areas. This will include: Coordinating our annual peace writing scholarship for Oregon high school students; Doing outreach for our annual Hiroshima and Nagasaki commemoration; Assisting in grassroots lobbying efforts on energy issues at local, state, and national levels; Staffing our outreach table at community events and rallies; Representing Oregon PSR at multi-organizational campaigns and events; Assisting with social media and earned media outreach; Networking with health professional and health professional student organizations; and assisting with organizational fundraisers, events and other activities.
Philadelphia Orchard Project

Philadelphia Orchard Project (POP) plants and supports community orchards in the city of Philadelphia. These orchards transform and revitalize urban environments and represent a long-term investment in the communities where they are planted. Founded in 2007 by alternative economic development pioneer Paul Glover, POP is part of a growing movement to develop more sustainable, equitable, and ethical local food systems. Since its founding, POP has worked with community-based groups to plan and plant orchards at 41 locations in neighborhoods across the city, and currently supports a total of 56 city orchard sites. Each orchard is planted in collaboration with a community group, a strategy that ensures that the people who stand to benefit from POP’s initiatives are central to their implementation from the very beginning. Partners include schools, churches, community gardens, urban farms, recreation centers, parks, transition houses, and other urban spaces, almost exclusively in low-wealth neighborhoods.

POP staff currently consists of 1 full time Executive Director, and 3 part time positions: Orchard Director, Education Director, and Development Associate. Primary programs include planting new community orchards at a rate of 4-6 per year; supporting 56 existing city orchard sites with consulting visits, volunteer recruitment, tool access, training, and educational programs; gleaning and distributing fruit that would otherwise go to waste; and building community involvement through seasonal harvest festivals and other events.

The Fellow will assist in a variety of Philadelphia Orchard Project activities, with particular focus on POP’s school orchard program. The Fellow will help deliver school orchard support including site visits and teacher training; designing and implementing lesson plans; and developing new educational materials. The Fellow will also participate in other POP activities including planting and gleaning events, volunteer coordination, grant writing and research, outreach and marketing, and researching and creating content for POP’s blog and other publications.

POP’s orchards and programs are focused in diverse, low-wealth neighborhoods across the city. Demographic indicators for these neighborhoods show areas of concentrated poverty, diet related disease, and lower educational rates. Although POP programs serve all ages, the Fellow’s efforts will be concentrated on programs serving youth (K-12) at public and charter schools.

Philadelphia Parks Alliance

Philadelphia Parks AllianceFounded in 1984, the Philadelphia Parks Alliance leads a diverse and expanding citizens’ movement which believes that great public spaces help create a higher quality of life for all Philadelphia residents. We primarily accomplish this through direct services and programming that cultivate civic engagement and community ownership in all of Philadelphia’s public spaces, especially in our most impoverished communities.

The mission of the Parks Alliance is to champion the public’s interest in outstanding parks, recreation, and open spaces - key to making Philadelphia a healthy, vibrant, and sustainable city for all. We are currently small and efficient (with a team of less than 20); but our organizational mandate is city-wide and with more than 1.5 million residents, of which 28% live below the poverty line, our expansive vision to reach every community of need makes it imperative for us to continue to grow.

As an organization, we seek to:

    • Mitigate structural poverty by creating more and better opportunities for Philadelphia residents through public space programming
    • Develop both public and private partnerships with organizations and community leaders
    • Become more widely known as a data-driven enterprise that offers our donors optimal value and our community stakeholders significant benefit.

Currently, our primary focus as an organization is on our Recreation Community Initiative. With this initiative, we develop recreation centers into comprehensive community centers that offer a variety of well-attended programming, such as ESL support, after-school tutoring, Pre-K programming, and other services at recreation centers across the city.

The QVS Fellow will serve as a Community Outreach Coordinator as a part of our Recreation Community Initiative (RCI). The goal of this initiative is to ensure that all 180 recreation centers in the city flourish with well-attended programming and a stable support system. We hold anywhere from 2-6 recreation meetings a month for which the Fellow will help lead and collect recreation center data for our database. These dinners provide a great opportunity for the Fellow to not only interact with rec leaders and advisory council members, but interact with up to 100 community members of all ages at any given time. In addition to these community dinners, the Fellow will build relationships with resource-providing partners, such as other nonprofits, Parks & Rec staff, and volunteers. Finally, the Fellow will actively canvass the corresponding rec center neighborhoods, going door to door with flyers, often personally inviting members of the community to our events.

Fair Food

Fair Food is dedicated to preserving productive Fair Food in the Delaware Valley and bringing healthy, humanely-raised local food to the Philadelphia area. Fair Food was founded in 2000 with the goal of slowing the rapid loss of productive farmland by finding new wholesale buyers and simplifying delivery logistics so that food produced in the region could get to consumers’ plates. They call the work of relationship building between producers and wholesale buyers “Value Chain Coordination” (VCC); it is impactful, low input, and drives economic activity – it’s an essential tool to achieve the goal of creating a strong and resilient local food system. Fair Food also works to strengthen the public’s access to locally produced food via The Fair Food Farmstand at Reading Terminal Market, a year-round, retail outlet for all-local products. The Farmstand carries a variety of fresh produce, meats, poultry, dairy, eggs, cheese and value-added products from organic and sustainable farms within a 150-mile radius of Philadelphia. Open seven days a week, the goals of the Farmstand are to educate consumers about the benefits of buying local, to provide the region with a point of access to sustainably-raised food, and to support farmers by providing a market for local products.

A QVS Fellow will serve as The Food Access Coordinator (FAC) and will be responsible for managing Fair Food’s Double Dollars Program on a day-to-day basis as well as identifying opportunities to increase the program’s impact and collaborate with partners and similar initiatives in the Philadelphia-area. Double Dollars is a Double Value Coupon Program (DVCP) that serves individuals using SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits, by offering a dollar-for dollar match on groceries purchased at the Farmstand. The Food Access Coordinator will track Double Dollars, learn about food access initiatives, and conduct customer outreach.

Philadelphia

The Energy Coordinating Agency

The Energy Coordinating Agency, Founded in by a group of religious, government and civic leaders, is a Philadelphia-based non-profit that has been doing pioneering work at the intersection of anti-poverty and pro-environment efforts since 1984. Their mission: to help people conserve energy and promote a sustainable and socially equitable energy future for all in the Philadelphia region. Over their lifetime, ECA has weatherized 42,805 homes; repaired or replaced 45,767 heating systems; provided water conservation services to 36,714 homes, and prevented over 70,000 tons of carbon emissions.

The QVS Communications Coordinator will join the communications and development team to engage a broad range of stakeholders working in the clean energy industry, e.g., utilities, clients, individual donors, foundations, as well as internal staff. They will help ECA connect with student and community groups, and take an active role in delivering and refining their workshop curricula.

Philadelphia

Friends Rehabilitation Program (FRP)

Friends Rehabilitation Program (FRP) is a Quaker values-based affordable housing and social service provider working in the Philadelphia region. The organization aims to transform neighborhoods through community-based economic development, sustainable affordable housing, and transitional opportunities for marginalized populations. By integrating best practices in sustainable and equitable development, FRP focuses on empowering residents, unlocking value, and fostering vibrant, creative communities. FRP provides 500 units of affordable housing in various neighborhoods of Philadelphia and employs over 70 individuals. FRP’s work emphasizes racial and economic justice, equity and ownership, and trauma-informed care as we foster communities of excitement, wonder, pride and engagement. They are developing affordable and mixed-income housing and sustainable cooperatives with a systems approach to supporting marginalized communities. FRP aims to cultivate ‘ecosystems’ that foster social cohesion, stewardship, and resilience through housing, training, food access, community programs, social services, and sustainable business incubation. FRP uses an asset-based approach and the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship to inform this work.

The Sustainable Development Fellow will work closely with staff, in a team-based approach on programs focusing on food justice, economic equality, ecological sustainability, and social justice. The QVS Fellow will assist in organizational development, research, communications, and involvement with earth and community. This includes but is not limited to: assisting development and implementation of sustainability initiatives through grant writing and fundraising, conducting community outreach and research in the spirit of asset development and appreciative inquiry, as well as evidence-based development research, developing content and stories for FRP’s online presence, and planting, growing, and harvesting produce for distribution among residents.

Philadelphia

Food Justice
Fair Food

Fair Food is dedicated to preserving productive Fair Food in the Delaware Valley and bringing healthy, humanely-raised local food to the Philadelphia area. Fair Food was founded in 2000 with the goal of slowing the rapid loss of productive farmland by finding new wholesale buyers and simplifying delivery logistics so that food produced in the region could get to consumers’ plates. They call the work of relationship building between producers and wholesale buyers “Value Chain Coordination” (VCC); it is impactful, low input, and drives economic activity – it’s an essential tool to achieve the goal of creating a strong and resilient local food system. Fair Food also works to strengthen the public’s access to locally produced food via The Fair Food Farmstand at Reading Terminal Market, a year-round, retail outlet for all-local products. The Farmstand carries a variety of fresh produce, meats, poultry, dairy, eggs, cheese and value-added products from organic and sustainable farms within a 150-mile radius of Philadelphia. Open seven days a week, the goals of the Farmstand are to educate consumers about the benefits of buying local, to provide the region with a point of access to sustainably-raised food, and to support farmers by providing a market for local products.

A QVS Fellow will serve as The Food Access Coordinator (FAC) and will be responsible for managing Fair Food’s Double Dollars Program on a day-to-day basis as well as identifying opportunities to increase the program’s impact and collaborate with partners and similar initiatives in the Philadelphia-area. Double Dollars is a Double Value Coupon Program (DVCP) that serves individuals using SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits, by offering a dollar-for dollar match on groceries purchased at the Farmstand. The Food Access Coordinator will track Double Dollars, learn about food access initiatives, and conduct customer outreach.

Philadelphia Orchard Project

Philadelphia Orchard Project (POP) plants and supports community orchards in the city of Philadelphia. These orchards transform and revitalize urban environments and represent a long-term investment in the communities where they are planted. Founded in 2007 by alternative economic development pioneer Paul Glover, POP is part of a growing movement to develop more sustainable, equitable, and ethical local food systems. Since its founding, POP has worked with community-based groups to plan and plant orchards at 41 locations in neighborhoods across the city, and currently supports a total of 56 city orchard sites. Each orchard is planted in collaboration with a community group, a strategy that ensures that the people who stand to benefit from POP’s initiatives are central to their implementation from the very beginning. Partners include schools, churches, community gardens, urban farms, recreation centers, parks, transition houses, and other urban spaces, almost exclusively in low-wealth neighborhoods.

POP staff currently consists of 1 full time Executive Director, and 3 part time positions: Orchard Director, Education Director, and Development Associate. Primary programs include planting new community orchards at a rate of 4-6 per year; supporting 56 existing city orchard sites with consulting visits, volunteer recruitment, tool access, training, and educational programs; gleaning and distributing fruit that would otherwise go to waste; and building community involvement through seasonal harvest festivals and other events.

The Fellow will assist in a variety of Philadelphia Orchard Project activities, with particular focus on POP’s school orchard program. The Fellow will help deliver school orchard support including site visits and teacher training; designing and implementing lesson plans; and developing new educational materials. The Fellow will also participate in other POP activities including planting and gleaning events, volunteer coordination, grant writing and research, outreach and marketing, and researching and creating content for POP’s blog and other publications.

POP’s orchards and programs are focused in diverse, low-wealth neighborhoods across the city. Demographic indicators for these neighborhoods show areas of concentrated poverty, diet related disease, and lower educational rates. Although POP programs serve all ages, the Fellow’s efforts will be concentrated on programs serving youth (K-12) at public and charter schools.

Urban Gleaners

Urban Gleaners collects nutritious food that would otherwise be thrown away from markets, restaurants, events and farms, and redistributes it to hungry kids and their families in Portland, Oregon. Forty percent of food produced in this country goes to waste without anyone getting to eat it, and 223,480 children in Oregon are food-insecure. Urban Gleaners helps to bridge this gap between abundance and need. Our dedicated volunteers and small paid staff pick up 60,000 lbs of food every month, including fresh produce, dairy, bread and prepared foods. We partner with schools, the local housing authority, the Portland Parks Department, and other hunger-relief agencies to make this food available at over 40 weekly pantries where families can browse and select the items that appeal to them. Urban Gleaners does not charge for food, nor do we require any kind of paperwork or qualification to access it.

We are seeking a Quaker Voluntary Service Fellow to help us identify more food donors, manage the repackaging of prepared foods, and implement a system to collect data about the service that we provide. Awareness of food waste has spread rapidly over the past few years, and Urban Gleaners has been able to grow organically by adding food donors who have reached out to us. But the need for food assistance is constant and growing. Recruiting food donors requires repeated visits, building strong relationships with decision makers, and knowledge of processes and applicable laws. Our QVS Fellow would identify and sign up sites which are not yet donating their excess food. Collecting more food will allow us to say “yes” to more of the organizations that call us every week, asking for food deliveries.
Restaurant waste is a largely untapped resource, mostly because of the logistical challenges of coordinating pickups and repackaging food into individual portions. Urban Gleaners specializes in getting this very nutritious prepared food out to people who need it within 24 hours of pickup. Repacking food is a major volunteer activity for us. Our QVS Fellow would manage these volunteers, ensure portions are labelled correctly, and keep track of when food comes in and out.

Poverty is a high enough barrier in itself, which is why Urban Gleaners does not ask any recipients for proof of need nor identification. But there is value in knowing the demographics of the people we serve. Our QVS Fellow would regularly visit all of our distribution sites, working with our partners to collect data on the populations who visit the pantry, as well as making sure that the food we deliver fits their greatest need.

Our warehouse is located in Portland’s Central East Side Industrial District. Although we are well- served by public transit, our pantries are scattered over a large area in Portland, so access to a car is required for pantry visits. Knowledge of Spanish, Mandarin or Russian is a definite plus.

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.

Atlanta

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Portland

Housing and Homelessness
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.

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.

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.

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.

Friends Rehabilitation Program (FRP)

Friends Rehabilitation Program (FRP) is a Quaker values-based affordable housing and social service provider working in the Philadelphia region. The organization aims to transform neighborhoods through community-based economic development, sustainable affordable housing, and transitional opportunities for marginalized populations. By integrating best practices in sustainable and equitable development, FRP focuses on empowering residents, unlocking value, and fostering vibrant, creative communities. FRP provides 500 units of affordable housing in various neighborhoods of Philadelphia and employs over 70 individuals. FRP’s work emphasizes racial and economic justice, equity and ownership, and trauma-informed care as we foster communities of excitement, wonder, pride and engagement. They are developing affordable and mixed-income housing and sustainable cooperatives with a systems approach to supporting marginalized communities. FRP aims to cultivate ‘ecosystems’ that foster social cohesion, stewardship, and resilience through housing, training, food access, community programs, social services, and sustainable business incubation. FRP uses an asset-based approach and the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship to inform this work.

The Sustainable Development Fellow will work closely with staff, in a team-based approach on programs focusing on food justice, economic equality, ecological sustainability, and social justice. The QVS Fellow will assist in organizational development, research, communications, and involvement with earth and community. This includes but is not limited to: assisting development and implementation of sustainability initiatives through grant writing and fundraising, conducting community outreach and research in the spirit of asset development and appreciative inquiry, as well as evidence-based development research, developing content and stories for FRP’s online presence, and planting, growing, and harvesting produce for distribution among residents.

Outside In

Outside In‘s mission is to assist homeless youth and other low-income and marginalized people move toward improved health and self-sufficiency. Outside In, established in 1968, has continually revised services to respond to changing client needs. We operate a Federally Qualified Health Center and are state-certified for both mental health treatment and alcohol and drug treatment services. Current programs include a Clinic and Homeless Youth Department. The Clinic is a cutting-edge blend of western and alternative medicine. It is a teaching site for Oregon Health Sciences University, and provides western medicine, naturopathic, acupuncture, Chinese herbal, chiropractic, and dental care. The Clinic provides healthcare five days per week and 28,000 visits annually. The Youth Department serves about 800 homeless youth annually. A Day Program provides safety off the streets and basic needs resources, including 3 meals per day, 6 days per week. It also offers other wraparound supports including case management, QueerZone supports for LGBTQ youth, mental health treatment, alcohol and drug treatment, 30 units of on-site housing, 50 units of housing in the community, our “Urban Ed” Alternative School, an employment center, and the Virginia Woof Dog Daycare/Job Training Center. This past year, 7 youth obtained their GED, 32 enrolled in college, 126 were employed, and 124 youth were supported in our housing options. 92% of youth graduating from Transitional Housing did not return to the streets.

The QVS Fellow will be serving as a Youth and Benefits Specialist. The goal of this position is to support homeless youth in transitioning from street life to self-sufficiency. The Youth and Benefits Specialist helps facilitate day-to-day services offered in the Day Program, a drop-in program for homeless youth. They will assist youth in accessing basic needs resources (food, showers, laundry, etc.) as well as actively work to build relationship and engage youth to access other needed resources and supports. Position responsibilities include: initial orientation of new youth; educating youth about resources and supports; crisis counseling (harm reduction counseling); assistance to ensure youth access eligible benefits (SNAP and Medicaid); supporting youth in identifying and accomplishing their goals by assisting them in successfully engaging and connecting with resources and supports; facilitating youth development activities; and tracking services provided to youth.

P:ear

P:ear builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art and recreation to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful and healthier lives. With a staff of only 9 people, each year we serve almost 800 homeless youth ages 15-25. Located at the corner of NW6th and Flanders, p:ear has been building positive relationships with homeless youth since 2002. During that time, p:ear has been recognized for our innovative programs and approach to homeless youth, including the Lowenstein Award, Friends of Alternative Education, and the Crystal Starbright Award.

The QVS Fellow will be serving as a Kitchen and Food Manager. The Kitchen and Food Manager will serve as a positive adult role model for youth accessing p:ear, with emphasis on respect and commitment. 80% of floor staff time will be spent coordinating meals, supervising cooks and kitchen volunteers and working directly with youth, the other 20% of time will be spent on administrative, organization and housekeeping tasks. Some of the duties are: to create a safe, supportive, structured environment; abide by all policies and procedures; develop positive, respectful relationships with youth, other volunteers, staff, and local business owners; maintain appropriate boundaries; help prepare the facility each morning, clean and organize it at end of work day with an emphasis on kitchen and food areas; and participate in weekly staff meetings, monthly in-services, retreats and p:ear events.

Urban Gleaners

Urban Gleaners collects nutritious food that would otherwise be thrown away from markets, restaurants, events and farms, and redistributes it to hungry kids and their families in Portland, Oregon. Forty percent of food produced in this country goes to waste without anyone getting to eat it, and 223,480 children in Oregon are food-insecure. Urban Gleaners helps to bridge this gap between abundance and need. Our dedicated volunteers and small paid staff pick up 60,000 lbs of food every month, including fresh produce, dairy, bread and prepared foods. We partner with schools, the local housing authority, the Portland Parks Department, and other hunger-relief agencies to make this food available at over 40 weekly pantries where families can browse and select the items that appeal to them. Urban Gleaners does not charge for food, nor do we require any kind of paperwork or qualification to access it.

We are seeking a Quaker Voluntary Service Fellow to help us identify more food donors, manage the repackaging of prepared foods, and implement a system to collect data about the service that we provide. Awareness of food waste has spread rapidly over the past few years, and Urban Gleaners has been able to grow organically by adding food donors who have reached out to us. But the need for food assistance is constant and growing. Recruiting food donors requires repeated visits, building strong relationships with decision makers, and knowledge of processes and applicable laws. Our QVS Fellow would identify and sign up sites which are not yet donating their excess food. Collecting more food will allow us to say “yes” to more of the organizations that call us every week, asking for food deliveries.
Restaurant waste is a largely untapped resource, mostly because of the logistical challenges of coordinating pickups and repackaging food into individual portions. Urban Gleaners specializes in getting this very nutritious prepared food out to people who need it within 24 hours of pickup. Repacking food is a major volunteer activity for us. Our QVS Fellow would manage these volunteers, ensure portions are labelled correctly, and keep track of when food comes in and out.

Poverty is a high enough barrier in itself, which is why Urban Gleaners does not ask any recipients for proof of need nor identification. But there is value in knowing the demographics of the people we serve. Our QVS Fellow would regularly visit all of our distribution sites, working with our partners to collect data on the populations who visit the pantry, as well as making sure that the food we deliver fits their greatest need.

Our warehouse is located in Portland’s Central East Side Industrial District. Although we are well- served by public transit, our pantries are scattered over a large area in Portland, so access to a car is required for pantry visits. Knowledge of Spanish, Mandarin or Russian is a definite plus.

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.

Atlanta

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.

Boston

Friends Rehabilitation Program (FRP)

Friends Rehabilitation Program (FRP) is a Quaker values-based affordable housing and social service provider working in the Philadelphia region. The organization aims to transform neighborhoods through community-based economic development, sustainable affordable housing, and transitional opportunities for marginalized populations. By integrating best practices in sustainable and equitable development, FRP focuses on empowering residents, unlocking value, and fostering vibrant, creative communities. FRP provides 500 units of affordable housing in various neighborhoods of Philadelphia and employs over 70 individuals. FRP’s work emphasizes racial and economic justice, equity and ownership, and trauma-informed care as we foster communities of excitement, wonder, pride and engagement. They are developing affordable and mixed-income housing and sustainable cooperatives with a systems approach to supporting marginalized communities. FRP aims to cultivate ‘ecosystems’ that foster social cohesion, stewardship, and resilience through housing, training, food access, community programs, social services, and sustainable business incubation. FRP uses an asset-based approach and the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship to inform this work.

The Sustainable Development Fellow will work closely with staff, in a team-based approach on programs focusing on food justice, economic equality, ecological sustainability, and social justice. The QVS Fellow will assist in organizational development, research, communications, and involvement with earth and community. This includes but is not limited to: assisting development and implementation of sustainability initiatives through grant writing and fundraising, conducting community outreach and research in the spirit of asset development and appreciative inquiry, as well as evidence-based development research, developing content and stories for FRP’s online presence, and planting, growing, and harvesting produce for distribution among residents.

Philadelphia

Georgia Law Center for the Homeless

Georgia Law Center for the Homeless is a 30+ year old Atlanta agency serving those who are homeless, and at imminent risk of homelessness. The organization seeks to end homelessness with a unique and holistic combination of legal and social work services for the nearly 1,000 clients who come to them every year. Their goals are to increase client income and remove the barriers that are keeping people homeless. Georgia Law Center for the Homeless believes strongly in working closely with clients, often over an extended time period, to help them transform their lives. Clients have gone on to run their own businesses, graduate from college, form non-profits, see their children become Gates Scholars, and otherwise attain the stability that they want for themselves and their families.

A QVS Fellow will have the opportunity to work extensively and directly with homeless and at risk of homelessness clients. Full training and mentoring is provided. From performing initial intake with clients, to assisting with obtaining benefits and advocating on behalf of the client (in the office and in the field), the Fellow will have the opportunity to develop rapport with clients, and create direct and tangible changes in their lives. Every day will bring new challenges and opportunities for service based on the needs of the client. Fellows will work closely with attorneys and other staff to deliver benefits to clients in a holistic manner. Fellows will go and visit other agencies and build collaboration with those agencies. At the end of the year, the Fellow should have a great understanding of the social service network in Atlanta, and have made many contacts. Opportunities may also exist for grant writing if interested.

Atlanta

Bread & Roses Community (BRCF)

Bread & Roses Community (BRCF) is a unique partnership of donors and activists who share a vision for a just society in which power and resources are distributed equitably. Bread & Roses was originally founded in 1970 as the People’s Fund – a radical anti-establishment social justice fund – and was re-established in 1977 as Bread & Roses Community Fund. Bread & Roses raises money from individual donors in the community to provide grants, technical assistance, and leadership development to constituent-led, grassroots, social change organizations in the Philadelphia region. The grants BRCF gives are raised and distributed by a cross-race, cross-class, inter-generational group of community members. Bread & Roses centers all of its work around its motto: change, not charity.

The QVS Fellow at Bread & Roses will work as a Program Associate under the Director of Programs. The position will include: researching and meeting with grassroots community organizers like Ramona Africa and other local leaders; reviewing and cataloging grant proposals from a wide array of community organizations working on a wide range of issues including immigrant rights, racial justice, environmental justice, and lgbt rights; helping to design, write, and disseminate the quarterly newsletter and regular email communications; managing Bread & Roses’ social media profiles; creating and implementing programming for current BRCF grantees and other grassroots community groups, and planning and implementing a range of special events for the wider Bread & Roses community, including our annual Tribute to Change event that focuses on a different issue each year. This year’s Town Hall explored the intersection of gentrification and environmental racism. There is no typical day in the life of a Bread & Roses Community Fund QVS Fellow, and we like to think that’s what makes it so exciting!

Philadelphia

LGBTQ
Outside In

Outside In‘s mission is to assist homeless youth and other low-income and marginalized people move toward improved health and self-sufficiency. Outside In, established in 1968, has continually revised services to respond to changing client needs. We operate a Federally Qualified Health Center and are state-certified for both mental health treatment and alcohol and drug treatment services. Current programs include a Clinic and Homeless Youth Department. The Clinic is a cutting-edge blend of western and alternative medicine. It is a teaching site for Oregon Health Sciences University, and provides western medicine, naturopathic, acupuncture, Chinese herbal, chiropractic, and dental care. The Clinic provides healthcare five days per week and 28,000 visits annually. The Youth Department serves about 800 homeless youth annually. A Day Program provides safety off the streets and basic needs resources, including 3 meals per day, 6 days per week. It also offers other wraparound supports including case management, QueerZone supports for LGBTQ youth, mental health treatment, alcohol and drug treatment, 30 units of on-site housing, 50 units of housing in the community, our “Urban Ed” Alternative School, an employment center, and the Virginia Woof Dog Daycare/Job Training Center. This past year, 7 youth obtained their GED, 32 enrolled in college, 126 were employed, and 124 youth were supported in our housing options. 92% of youth graduating from Transitional Housing did not return to the streets.

The QVS Fellow will be serving as a Youth and Benefits Specialist. The goal of this position is to support homeless youth in transitioning from street life to self-sufficiency. The Youth and Benefits Specialist helps facilitate day-to-day services offered in the Day Program, a drop-in program for homeless youth. They will assist youth in accessing basic needs resources (food, showers, laundry, etc.) as well as actively work to build relationship and engage youth to access other needed resources and supports. Position responsibilities include: initial orientation of new youth; educating youth about resources and supports; crisis counseling (harm reduction counseling); assistance to ensure youth access eligible benefits (SNAP and Medicaid); supporting youth in identifying and accomplishing their goals by assisting them in successfully engaging and connecting with resources and supports; facilitating youth development activities; and tracking services provided to youth.

Outside In

Outside In‘s mission is to assist homeless youth and other low-income and marginalized people move toward improved health and self-sufficiency. Outside In, established in 1968, has continually revised services to respond to changing client needs. We operate a Federally Qualified Health Center and are state-certified for both mental health treatment and alcohol and drug treatment services. Current programs include a Clinic and Homeless Youth Department. The Clinic is a cutting-edge blend of western and alternative medicine. It is a teaching site for Oregon Health Sciences University, and provides western medicine, naturopathic, acupuncture, Chinese herbal, chiropractic, and dental care. The Clinic provides healthcare five days per week and 28,000 visits annually. The Youth Department serves about 800 homeless youth annually. A Day Program provides safety off the streets and basic needs resources, including 3 meals per day, 6 days per week. It also offers other wraparound supports including case management, QueerZone supports for LGBTQ youth, mental health treatment, alcohol and drug treatment, 30 units of on-site housing, 50 units of housing in the community, our “Urban Ed” Alternative School, an employment center, and the Virginia Woof Dog Daycare/Job Training Center. This past year, 7 youth obtained their GED, 32 enrolled in college, 126 were employed, and 124 youth were supported in our housing options. 92% of youth graduating from Transitional Housing did not return to the streets.

The QVS Fellow will be serving as a Youth and Benefits Specialist. The goal of this position is to support homeless youth in transitioning from street life to self-sufficiency. The Youth and Benefits Specialist helps facilitate day-to-day services offered in the Day Program, a drop-in program for homeless youth. They will assist youth in accessing basic needs resources (food, showers, laundry, etc.) as well as actively work to build relationship and engage youth to access other needed resources and supports. Position responsibilities include: initial orientation of new youth; educating youth about resources and supports; crisis counseling (harm reduction counseling); assistance to ensure youth access eligible benefits (SNAP and Medicaid); supporting youth in identifying and accomplishing their goals by assisting them in successfully engaging and connecting with resources and supports; facilitating youth development activities; and tracking services provided to youth.

Portland

Criminal Justice Reform
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.

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.

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.

Atlanta

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Portland

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