QVS Philadelphia

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

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.

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!

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.

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 Montessori Charter School

Philadelphia Montessori Charter School, located in SW Philadelphia, is the only free Montessori Charter School in Eastern Pennsylvania. We are committed to social justice, use the Montessori peace program, and are a Responsive Classroom School. As a Title I school, 100% of our children (200 students) are recipients of the free breakfast and lunch program. Founded in 2004 as a K-6 grade school, our mission is to nurture the whole child , celebrate inclusion, embrace innovation, and ignite the internal spark that leads to social, emotional and academic success.

Firm in principle, flexible in procedure. As a small urban school we have high expectations for our students and numerous ways to reach our goal. Our size allows us to innovate and work with one another. All classrooms have two teachers and each teacher brings something special to our school. We strive to match personal interests to teaching opportunities. For example, we have a weekly "Google Innovation Hour" where faculty are able to share their passion with their students (robotics, quilting, cooking, gardening, herbal medicine, drama etc...) We will do our best to match our QVS Fellow's interests with the age of the student and the subjects she/he is most interested in teaching. Our classrooms are of mixed ages: Primary (Pre-K through Kinder), Lower Elementary (1st - 3rd grade) and Upper Elementary (4th - 6th grade). Following the beliefs of Dr. Maria Montessori, teachers are facilitators of learning and our one requirement is that you enter through our doors daily prepared to teach like your hair's on fire! We are passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of the children we teach.

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.

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.

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.

Philadelphia Support Meetings

Quaker Voluntary Service opened a QVS house in Philadelphia, PA in August 2013. We are excited to be welcoming the fourth class of Fellows to the QVS Philadelphia program in late August 2016. The house is under the spiritual care of both Green Street Monthly Meeting and Germantown Monthly Meeting, as well as being supported by the larger Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting.

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

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

Maile Munro

Maile Munro

Maile Munro recently graduated with a degree in English and Political Science from Guilford College. She grew up Seattle and spent most of her time playing volleyball and soccer, skiing in the winter, or camping in the summer, and reading any short story collection she could get her hands on. Maile’s first exposure to Quakerism was at Guilford College, and she immediately felt blown away by a faith centered on treasuring all voices and experiences. Maile’s summer has been filled by an internship with SEIU Union Summer, a program that brings people into the labor movement to learn and get pumped about collective action. This year Maile is excited to be serving with Energy Coordinating Agency in Philadelphia.

Elizabeth Anderson

Elizabeth Anderson

Elizabeth Anderson grew up in the Chicago suburbs attending Downers Grove Friends Meeting. She then attended Earlham college where she studied Business and Nonprofit management with a minor in Women, gender and sexualities studies. Elizabeth worked at the college radio station WECI all four years and had the privilege of working with several other organizations like Wigle Whiskey in Pittsburgh and Soapbox independent publishing and the Morris House Hotel in Philadelphia. She will be working with the United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives in Philadelphia this year.

Vilma Gamarra

Vilma Gamarra Vilma Gamarra was born and raised in Queens, New York to Peruvian parents and goes to Peru to visit family as often as she can. Her passion for social equality led her to major in Peace Studies and minor in Philosophy at Goucher College. Coming from a culture in which stereotypical gender roles are seen as tradition, her first step towards becoming an activist was advocating for women equality. In high school, joining the YMCA’s leaders group and global teens program gave her a space in which her interest to become an active member for social change was nurtured and developed. Her path towards peace studies was cemented and focused on economic inequality, immigration, education inequality, race and ethnicity, ableism, and gender inequality. While at Goucher she was a leader for the Christian Fellowship and worked in the Futuro Latino Learning Center. She is excited to learn more about Quakerism and become a part of QVS. She will be working at the Nationalities Service Center in Philadelphia this year.

Krista Snyder

Krista Snyder

Krista Snyder was raised in a small, rural town in western Pennsylvania. She recently graduated from Ursinus College, where she majored in Philosophy and Neuroscience. An active member of Ursinus’ community, Krista enjoyed serving as a member of Ursinus College Student Government, working in the Berman Museum of Art, tutoring, and competing on Ursinus’ Track and Field and Cross Country teams. Entering her senior year, she completed summer research exploring the ethical implications of cognitive enhancing drugs. During her time at Ursinus, Krista’s passion for social justice and equal opportunity developed as she explored the disadvantages and injustices that people face due to various inequalities through her studies. She is looking forward to experiencing and embracing the Quaker faith for the first time with QVS. Krista will serve as the Sustainable Development Fellow for the Friends Rehabilitation Program in Philadelphia this year.

Emily Whitted

Emily Whitted

Emily Whitted was raised on a sheep farm in Burke’s Garden, VA. She recently graduated from the University of Richmond, majoring in English and minoring in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Education & Society. During her college years, she developed a serious passion for intersectional feminism and social justice through the WILL* Program. This led her to search for a fulfilling post-grad opportunity that could cultivate a community that cared deeply about inequality, and she was lucky to stumble upon QVS! Although never having any exposure to Quakerism before, she is very excited to learn more. As a bit of a return to her childhood experiences with organic farming, Emily will be serving at Fair Food this year.

Sarah Yanuck

Sarah Yanuck

Sarah Yanuck grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and attended Carolina Friends School for twelve years. Raised both Jewish and “Friends School,” she considers herself Jewish and Quaker; her spiritual home base is a Quaker-Jewish combo. After graduating from Carolina Friends, Sarah attended Vassar College, where she majored in Environmental Studies, focusing primarily on environmental justice and education. After Vassar, she spent a year serving with City Year Philadelphia as a tutor and mentor in a public middle school, working with students to keep them engaged in school and on track to academic success. Sarah loves to sing, be outside, journal, and run/play/dance. After QVS, she hopes to become a Social Studies teacher and to weave current events and social justice into her curricula. Sarah is excited to dive into Quakerism and spirituality this year, especially as they relate to vocation, community, and resilience. Sarah will be serving at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia.

Haley Castle-Miller

Haley Castle-Miller

Haley Castle-Miller grew up in Chalfont, Pennsylvania as a member of Doylestown Friends Meeting. She attended Buckingham Friends School and George School, a Quaker boarding school in Newtown, Pennsylvania. She graduated in May 2016 from Goucher College with a double major in Spanish and Peace Studies, a choice that reflected her desire to engage in a self-directed, in-depth, and powerful analysis of the foundations of conflict. Throughout her time at Goucher College, she taught ESL classes to adults in Baltimore through the Futuro Latino Learning Center. Her junior year she had the opportunity to study abroad in Argentina, where she lived with a host family and gained proficiency in the Spanish language. The following year she used her knowledge of Spanish to aid in consecutive interpretation at the World Plenary Meeting in Peru. While at the conference she felt able to reconnect to aspects of spirituality and Quakerism, which she seeks to explore further during her year in the Quaker Voluntary Service. Haley looks forward to a challenging year full of adventure, learning, and exploration of all kinds, and hopes to grow into a more compassionate, confident, and humble person as a result. She will be serving for the year at the Lutheran Settlement House in Philadelphia.

Christina Elcock

Athri Ranganathan

Christina Elcock graduated from Brunel University with a BA in English Literature & Creative Writing – and left with a desire to learn more about the world. She was born and bred in London and has spent the majority of her gap year travelling to places like Colombia to voluntarily assist in teaching English and to Vermont at a Quaker-based summer camp to nurture, teach and empower young girls. Although in these experiences she was the educator, Christina was also doing a lot of learning. These experiences were incredibly discerning for her and were a large part of her spiritual journey. It was what helped pave the way for this new chapter at QVS with Bread & Roses Community Fund, and she will be leaving a marketing role in the travel sector to make this possible. Christina is immensely excited to participate in something meaningful and much bigger than herself. She’s keen to continue to learn about their works, this journey she’s on and applying Quaker values to both her work and home life. Aside from this, Christina finds profound gratification in travel and writing and also administrate a digital poets’ & writers’ channel on Instagram. In addition to this, it’s books, arts & culture, the warm-hearted, occasional meditation and great food that are the secret ingredients that make for a contented self. Christina will be serving in Philadelphia this year.

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

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!

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.

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.

Lutheran Settlement House (LSH)

Established in 1902, Lutheran Settlement House (LSH) is a non-profit, community-based organization committed to serving vulnerable children, adults, and families living in Philadelphia. Over the past century, the programs and services offered by LSH have changed in response to the evolving needs of the community. However, the core mission of Lutheran Settlement House -“to empower individuals, families, and communities to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency through an integrated program of social, educational, and advocacy services”- has remained constant.

The QVS Fellow will be serving as a Resident Advisor and Program Assistant. They will be responsible for: assisting new residents in completing the intake packet, helping residents understand the culture, structure, and expectation of the shelter. The QVS Fellow will work alongside staff and residents to support resident activities in order to create a safe, strong, and positive community. The Fellow will also be responsible for tracking certain activities to ensure safety and order, and will be a key part in helping the program.

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.

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.

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.

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