Information for Site Placements
We invite your organization to consider serving as one of the service placements for Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS), a dynamic program providing opportunities for transformative service in peace, justice and community organizing contexts.
QVS is open to young adults interested in the intersection of faith and activism, living in intentional Quaker community, and openly engaging questions of faith and service in the world. QVS Fellows live together in simple intentional community. QVS partners with agencies and organizations that offer direct support to marginalized individuals and communities, and that strive to transform unjust structures. QVS places energetic and committed young people in full time positions in these agencies for 11 months (early September through late July). These QVS Fellows receive housing, a food stipend, access to health insurance, training, and spiritual support from QVS.
This year long experience has the potential to orient Fellows to a whole life committed to service and justice. To see the list of the organizations we currently partner with, see Current Placements.
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.
- 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
The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) is a nonprofit law firm dedicated to providing legal representation to people facing the death penalty, challenging human rights violations in prisons and jails, seeking through litigation and advocacy to improve legal representation for poor people accused of crimes, and advocating for criminal justice reform on behalf of those affected by the system in the Southern United States. SCHR was founded in 1976 by ministers and activists in response to the United States Supreme Court’s reinstatement of the death penalty that year and to the horrendous conditions in Southern prisons and jails. The organization’s attorneys and investigators struggled alongside civil rights organizations, families, and faith-based organizations to protect the human rights of people of color, poor people, and others in the criminal justice system in the South. Complementing our capital litigation, SCHR has a strong civil litigation practice that is able to bring impact litigation challenging the systemic deficiencies revealed through our capital litigation. Some of SCHR’s largest wins have resulted in an overhaul of South Carolina’s entire prison system; major renovations in Louisiana’s Angola Prison death row; shutting down Alabama’s Morgan County jail; and improved HIV care in Limestone Prison in Alabama, including an 80% drop in AIDS deaths.
The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) is excited to invite a Quaker Fellow to join our vibrant legal team as a Criminal Justice Reform Intake Specialist (“Specialist”). The Specialist will work closely with attorneys and investigators to respond to challenges and concerns from people who are under criminal justice control and challenge unconstitutional or illegal criminal justice practices and the application of the death penalty in Georgia and Alabama.
9to5, 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) 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
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 partners with corporations, organizations, foundations, and individuals to build 50-60 affordable, green, quality homes each year for first-time, qualified, homebuyers. These homes are sold with a zero interest mortgage. Since 1983, we have built over 1,200 homes for more than 4,000 family members. Atlanta Habitat concentrates its services within the city of Atlanta and Fulton County to families with 30-80% Average Median Income.
The QVS Fellow position is as Family Services Outreach Assistant. The primary duties and responsibilities of this position are: to assist in the recruitment of qualified families by researching outreach opportunities, networking, and presenting program information to targeted audiences; to assist with information sessions and application workshops by providing administrative support and making presentations as requested; to follow up with prospective families to schedule them for an application workshop and apply for the home purchase program; to assist with homeowner education as requested to identify instructors, schedule classes and provide administrative support to the program; to assist with the implementation of a strategy designed to increase the level of community involvement among homeowners; and to research community resources for homeowners and participate in the creation and publication of 2 homeowner newsletters.
FCS|Focused Community Strategies 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 School Atlanta's mission is to provide challenging academics in a diverse environment, drawing on the Quaker testimonies, or 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, opened in 1991 as a model for diversity and with the belief that all students have within themselves unique capacities for learning and achievement.
The school currently serves 170 students and employs 44 faculty and staff. The learning program provides opportunities for students to achieve their highest academic levels. In a supportive learning environment, students develop their capacities through independent thought, service and responsible action, thereby fostering life-long learning, self-confidence and respect for others. We provide a caring, cooperative atmosphere encouraging students to support each other as equals, and discourage that which would set one student above another.
Quaker values, based in the worth of each person, are reaffirmed in the school by listening and negotiating in the spirit of unity. These same values lead us to strive for diversity among students, families, faculty and staff, the Board of Trustees and in all areas of school life. As students incorporate the value of human respect into their lives, we believe they will take their wisdom and turn it toward social issues that extend beyond the immediate community to the world at large.
FSA serves a diverse population of students including some students with learning disabilities in an inclusive classroom model. Approximately 45% of students identify as students of color, 30% receive financial assistance to support their enrollment, and FSA has long been a welcoming school community for LGBTQ families. The QVS Fellow would support students and teachers in a wide variety of ways and depending upon their areas of interest. Past QVS have taught in classrooms, monitored playground, originated clubs, created service learning opportunities, mentored individual students, researched grant opportunities, supported refugee Quaker families in their matriculation to the school.
Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) is an independent grassroots, woman-led organization that seeks to direct women's voices into a powerful movement for social change. WAND empowers women to act politically to reduce violence and militarism, and redirect excessive military resources toward unmet human and environmental needs.
Georgia WAND monitors activities and policy decisions that affect the Savannah River Site (SRS) and nuclear power plants. We translate technical information about nuclear weapons and waste, its effects on national security, and its environmental impacts into terms that are meaningful to our members and to the communities near nuclear facilities. Our involvement with the international Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA) and IEER (Institute for Energy and Environmental Research) over the past decade strengthens our capability to disseminate updated and detailed information in a timely fashion that can enable communities to organize and take action. As a complement to our environmental justice work, we maintain working relations with our peace and justice, human rights and civil rights, and more traditional environmental community partners.
The QVS Fellow will serve as the Member Outreach and Office Coordinator, and will have two primary responsibilities: 1) maintaining the day to day operations of the office as central contact (e.g., answering phones, email – WAND weekly updates to members, communications with staff regarding mail, supplies, program/event admin support, & website updates and archives) 2) executing a member engagement plan. This primarily involves developing and deepening relationships with our member base, determining how to get/keep volunteers engaged, updating and supporting multi-media campaigns to keep our members informed of our work– website updates and newsletter content, support our media outreach as needed. Assist in the development and support of Georgia WAND programs and events including volunteer coordination and member support role for educational workshops and programs including event preparation and support. After programs and events, assessing overall program outcomes to adjust and adapt program for innovations and improvements. Identifying and contacting individuals within Georgia WAND to take leadership and would be interested in women’s political involvement in local social and environmental justice issues. We are looking for a person with exceptional organizational, administrative, communication and people skills.
Global Growers grew out of the tremendous demand among international farmers, many of whom came to Atlanta as refugees of war. These farmers sought to reconnect to their agricultural heritage in their new home. Recognizing this exceptional talent, Global Growers connects local families to land, education, and markets in order to build healthier communities and to strengthen our local economy. Global Growers is committed to cultivating growing spaces and other resources for farmers who are traditionally underserved by mainstream agricultural service providers and community food organizations.
Global Growers started in 2009 as a project of the local nonprofit Refugee Family Services and as of 2013 is an independent 501(c)(3) organization based in Atlanta, GA. Co-founders Susan Pavlin and Robin Chanin broke ground on our first farm site, Umurima - The Burundi Women’s Farm, in 2010 in the city of Decatur, GA. This was accomplished in partnership with a Burundian former agricultural extension agent and a Burundian preacher. Umurima is a women-managed community farm that produces food for the farm families families as well as for local market sales. That same year (2010), strong and deep relationships were built with community leaders in the Clarkston area who were already engaged or interested in pursuing opportunities in food systems in order to develop a network of projects and leaders to provide mutual support.
In 2012, Global Growers added three additional sites to bring nearly 20 acres of land under our management. Altogether, Global Growers manages four farm and garden sites, and supports a network of independently managed community, apartment, and home garden sites in DeKalb County. Since our first season of growing, Global Growers has developed expertise in cooperative marketing systems to increase market access for partner farmers, as well as expertise in agricultural education and technical assistance for farmers from diverse lingual, cultural, and religious backgrounds. Global Growers has trained more than 200 unique food producers and sold nearly half a million dollars worth of produce on behalf of our partner farmers from 2010-2016.
The QVS Fellow will serve as a Farm and Produce Assistant (FPA), and will be supervised by and working closely with the Farm and Produce Manager (FPM) in a variety of ways across Global Growers’ Farm programs. The FPA will bear primary responsibility for preparing produce for delivery to Global Growers’ various market outlets. The FPA will also provide support across farm operations including agriculture, systems management, infrastructure development and site maintenance. The FPA will provide administrative and record-keeping support throughout farm and produce systems.The ideal candidate for this position has formative experience in sustainable agriculture, produce management, and administration. In particular, the candidate has a passion for providing farm and market support for Global Growers’ international partner farmers, an eagerness to work outside during the summer, openness to learning, and strong attention to detail.
- December 1- February 1: Agencies apply to become a QVS site placement (see the online application here).
- March 10: QVS Fellow applications due.
- March 21-30: QVS staff interview and select Fellows, assigning them to each city.
- April 11-15: Site placement agencies interview QVS candidates and rank their top choices.
- April 20: Sites let QVS know ranking and top choices by April 20th.
- By May 2: All Fellows are assigned to a site placement agency.
- By May 23: Fellows, Agencies, and QVS sign contracts.
- July or August: Orientation meeting for site placement agency supervisors with QVS staff.
- Early September: QVS Orientation for all Fellows.
- September 12: QVS Fellows begin work placement.
- QVS Fellows are energetic and committed, equipped to work in cross-cultural settings. Most are college graduates.
- Fellows bring training in facilitation, communication, conflict resolution and anti-oppression work.
- Fellows bring connections to other organizations through the service sites of their QVS community members.
- QVS provides Fellows with a context for reflection and support, which strengthens their contribution to your organization’s work.
- Partnering with QVS provides a low-cost, full time intern who has been recruited and screened by QVS and selected by your organization.
- The cost to host a QVS Fellow is approximately $16,000 for 11 months, full time, paid monthly, or in two installments.
- This fee assists QVS in providing the following support to Fellows: rent and utilities, a food stipend, a personal living stipend, health insurance, travel costs, as well as programmatic support such as recruitment, orientation, on-going reflection, retreats, spiritual formation and education, and regular trainings and workshops on topics such as community organizing and nonviolent direct action.
- We also ask your organization to create, in partnership with QVS staff, a job description intended to allow the Fellow to contribute meaningfully to your organization’s mission. Your organization is also asked to provide initial training and on-going supervision and mentoring for the QVS Fellow, insuring that the Fellow remains a valuable part of your team throughout his or her placement year.
- Two full days of each month, QVS Fellows do not work at their site placement and instead spend that time together with the other Fellows and QVS staff in retreat, training, and reflection. QVS also asks agencies to grant several “flex days” throughout the year as other training opportunities become available as a primary goal of the year is for learning and growth in the Fellows.