QVS Portland

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


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.

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.
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.

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.

Portland Support Meetings

Quaker Voluntary Service opened a QVS house in Portland, Oregon in August 2013. We are thrilled to be in the fourth year of welcoming Fellows to Portland!

Sponsoring Quaker Meetings/ Churches:

This project is jointly sponsored by West Hills Friends Church, Reedwood Friends Church, Multnomah Monthly Meeting, and Bridge City Friends Meeting.

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

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


Damon Motz-Storey

Damon Motz-Storey

Damon Motz-Storey grew up in the foothills near Denver, Colorado, where he loves to remodel houses with his dad, play with his 2-year-old niece, and cook and garden with friends. A barely birthright Friend (his parents were convinced shortly before he was born), Damon has strong bonds with Mountain View Friends Meeting in Denver and Inter-Mountain Yearly Meeting of Friends General Conference. He had his faith and spirituality shaken to the core when he attended the Friends World Committee on Consultation’s 6th World Gathering of Friends in Nakuru, Kenya, where a childhood love of social witness and ecojustice was affirmed in approving the Kabarak Call for Peace and Ecojustice. At Haverford College, Damon co-clerked the Quaker Community student group and helped revive the intentional living community of Quaker House. He studied mathematics, education, and music, He also sang a cappella and played Cricket. He has a deep love for the Friends Committee on National Legislation, serving as a member of its General and Nominating Committees and lobbying Colorado Congresspeople regularly. Long-term, Damon hopes to pursue nonprofit work and secondary mathematics education. He is thrilled to be serving with the Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility in Portland, as a Program Assistant this year.

Sophia Rice

Sophia Rice

Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Sophia Rice grew up with Jewish and Christian culture and tradition, supported to explore diverse ways to connect to the spiritual world. In May 2016 she graduated from Ursinus College in Pennsylvania where she majored in Peace and Social Justice and minored in Politics and Spanish. At school, she participated in the Bonner Leader Program, a national anti-poverty and leadership organization. As a Bonner Leader, Sophia directed an after-school tutoring program and organized Ursinus College’s Diversity Monologues and an anti-rape/female body objectification demonstration on campus. Through these activities, coursework, and several internships, Sophia has developed a deep value of interdisciplinary problem solving as it pertains to the various types of oppression in this world. In her free time, she enjoys playing her cello, doing yoga, hiking, and spending time with friends and family. This year Sophia will be working with L’Arche in Portland.

Kayla Schneider-Smith

Kayla Schneider-Smith

Kayla Schneider-Smith spent her childhood in Central Jersey, writing poetry, playing piano and guitar, analyzing personality types and exploring spirituality. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 2016 with majors in Psychology and English. Raised in an open-minded and progressive Reform Jewish community, Kayla got involved in Interfaith work at Bryn Mawr where she was exposed to a plethora of faiths and spiritualities, including Quakerism. She interned at the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia and eventually served as one of Bryn Mawr College’s Interfaith Student Coordinators, where she helped lead and organize monthly Interfaith Council meetings and service-learning trips. Kayla is excited to continue exploring spirituality and activism throughout the QVS year and will be working with New City Initiative in Portland, an organization that aims to end homelessness through faith community involvement.

Lili Baldwin

Lili Baldwin

Lili Baldwin hails from Boston, MA and graduated from Oberlin College in 2016 where she majored in Religion and minored in Math. Growing up, Lili was reluctantly raised Catholic and attended a Sacred Heart school. As a college student she realized that those elements were surprisingly definitive and has returned to faith and spirituality in a slow and somewhat cautious manner, alongside an academic interest in medieval interpretations of the Virgin Mary and potential feminist readings articulated therein. Quaker Voluntary Service will be Lili’s first experience with Quakerism, and she is looking forward to learning from this rich tradition of spirituality and activism, which she feels will blend well with her current beliefs and reflective self-care practices, as well as add the much needed support of a close-knit faith community. She is excited to be moving to a new city and thrilled to be working for p:ear this year.

Adriana Cvitkovic

Adriana Cvitkovic

Adriana Cvitkovic was raised in Seattle, Washington and ventured off to the East coast to spend four years at Haverford College. She graduated in 2016 with a major in Geology, minor in Environmental Studies, and concentration in Peace, Justice, and Human Rights. In addition to identifying rocks, her time at college was spent playing frisbee, cooking in Ehaus (the on-campus co-op), leaf blowing on the Grounds Crew, attending Quaker Club events, and campaigning the school to serve more local, organically-grown, humane, and fair trade food. In between academic years, Adriana maintained trails as a Professional Crew Member with the Adirondack Mountain Club. Adriana’s life as a Quaker began at age 15 when she first attended University Friends Meeting in Seattle. Her interest in Quakerism and spirituality has continued to deepen, and she is excited to grow more in these areas during her year with QVS. Adriana is pleased to be serving with Impact NW as the AKA Science Program Specialist.

Ben Sexton

Ben Sexton

Ben Sexton graduated from Juniata College where he majored Communication and German. He was born and raised in Richmond, IN and is a member of Clear Creek Meeting in Richmond. Some of his high school and college years were spent living at the Pendle Hill Quaker Conference Center in Wallingford, PA while his parents were resident staff members. Ben has long been passionate about travel, and promoting intercultural understanding. This passion led him to study abroad multiple times during college and high school. He was a Juniata Eagles Abroad Scholar, spending his 2011 Summer in Vienna, Austria and his 2013-2014 year in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. During his college year abroad, he successfully completed his participated in a dual degree program between his home and German institutions. He also spent his 2007-2008 high school junior year abroad in Germany with the Rotary Youth Exchange program. Many of Ben’s Summers in recent years have been spent working at Silver Bay YMCA of the Adirondacks on Lake George, where he attended New York Yearly Meeting growing up. In his free time, he is an avid guitarist and loves staying active outdoors. Ben is thrilled to spend a year of service working with the organization Outside In in Portland.

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


Impact NW

Impact NW's mission is to help people prosper through a community of support. By working with schools, businesses, faith communities, community-based organizations and governmental agencies, we create a safety net and springboard for community members to improve their quality of life and achieve independence. Impact NW implements innovative programs that respond to our community’s specific needs, connecting clients with tools and resources that empower them to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty and transition into financial independence. Impact NW serves 36,000+ residents annually in Multnomah, Clark, Washington and Clackamas Counties and parts of Washington State, including children, families, seniors, and adults with disabilities.

The QVS Fellow will be serving as the AKA Science Program Specialist. They will expand and enhance the operation of an after school science program for diverse elementary school youth. The Program Specialist will teach a hands-on science curriculum to students and support program development by reaching out to new sites, assessing and updating curriculum and supplies, coordinating volunteers and leveraging supply donations.

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.

New City Initiative

New City Initiative began in February 2010 as a project of JOIN, a Portland-area nonprofit that supports people’s efforts to end their homelessness. NCI’s purpose is to foster communities where all people can achieve their full human potential. NCI envisions a “new community” of mutually transformative relationships with the power to end the intergenerational cycle of homelessness and poverty. New City Initiative’s mission is to engage faith communities in ending the cycle of homelessness. Individuals from faith communities become active members of our community in supporting families and individuals in ending their own personal cycles of homelessness and at the same time gain better understanding of themselves and their faith. Our work is rooted in our six communal practices: Compassionate Seeing/Heartfelt Listening/Intentional Welcoming/Joyful Sharing/Grateful Receiving/Cooperative Building.

The QVS Fellow will be serving as the Community Coordinator. They will be responsible for Village Support Network, Referral Recruitment, Team Management, working with the New City Kitchen Training, Community Partner Recruitment, Program Evaluation, and supporting the Executive and Program Directors. The Fellow will learn about the day to day aspects of non-profit work from program implementation to program evaluation, fundraising, community outreach and dancing the dance of ever changing circumstances.

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.
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.

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