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