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!

Contact #QVSPDX

Please click on the button below or contact Portland Coordinator, Sarah Klatt-Dickerson, to learn more about our needs and to let us know how you want to be involved.

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


KellyAnn Cameron

KellyAnn Cameron was born and raised in Spokane, WA, where she grew up attending the Unitarian Universalist Church during the fall and spring and the “Church of the Greater Outdoors” in the winter and summer. In Spokane she taught downhill skiing, ran for fun (such an athletic time), and made a hobby out of visiting a new house of worship each week with a group of bemused friends. In 2017 she graduated from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts with majors in Middle Eastern Studies and Religion. Within this she studied Arabic- a rewarding if all-consuming endeavor which peaked with a study abroad in Amman, Jordan, where she lived with a host family, volunteered in a bilingual kindergarten, and was able to travel to Egypt, Israel, and Palestine. At MHC she volunteered teaching ESL to adult language learners and was involved in Religious and Spiritual life- chairing the UU group for three years and even leading a trip to the Friends meeting in Northampton! In her final semester she was in a working group of students committed to forwarding anti-racist work and disrupting whiteness on campus, a profound lesson in listening, community, organizing, and humility. Last summer she interned for Network, a National Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, in Washington, DC, which fed her interest in public policy, lobbying, and advocacy, and how faith and spirituality interact with both private and public activism. KellyAnn is looking forward to continuing this adventure of life in Portland with QVS, where she will be working with Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility as a Program Assistant.

Rachel Logan-Wood

Rachel Logan-Wood grew up in Cincinnati, OH as a member of Community Friends Monthly Meeting. She knew she wanted to continue the support of a Quaker community as she went away to college, which led her to participate in the Quaker Fellows Scholarship Program at Earlham College. Through Earlham, she discovered her passion for social justice and environmentalism. Her study abroad experience in New Zealand and summer internship at The Wilderness Society reinforced her motivation to fight for the environment. She majored in Environmental Studies and minored in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Earlham. She hopes her future career path in environmental studies will lead to urban planning to strive for greener and more sustainable cities. Aside from academics, Rachel loves to travel and explore new places, cook or try new restaurants and foods, and sea kayak. This year she is serving as the QVS Fellow for Urban Gleaners.

Veronica Zambrano Coffie

Veronica Zambrano Coffie was born in Puerto Rico but grew up on the lovely island of Curacao. Fun Fact: Due to her various cultural experiences Veronica was able to learn four different languages: Papiamento, Spanish, Dutch and English and hopes to learn more.
Veronica recently graduated from Guilford College with a major in Psychology and a minor in Art-Painting. She grew up in a Catholic family though when she attended her first Quaker meeting at Guilford, found that the Quaker values aligned more with her personal ones than Catholicism. She hopes to continue to explore Quakerism during her time as a QVS Fellow.
During Veronica’s time in college, she was a Bonner Scholar where she served immigrant and refugee communities. She did this service through the Food Justice Club by working on the Guilford College farm and doing mobile market drop-offs providing organic fresh produce. She was also involved in tutoring English and being an Art teacher assistant. Being involved with the two different kinds of service work: environment and in-class tutoring, inspired Veronica during her last year to start and coordinate The Garden Project. This project focused on teaching English through gardening and art in hopes of helping immigrant students navigate their new home country. Being a support system to others is very important to Veronica because of similar programs that have helped and inspired her when she was 18 and arrived in the US. Veronica lives for giving back, community work, and is very excited to be part of the QVS family working with the L’Arche Portland community that will further continue to inspire her future goals of becoming an art therapist!

Glynnis Pierce

Glynnis Pierce grew up in Traverse City, Michigan, where she spent most of her time singing, frolicking in the woods, and splashing around in Lake Michigan. Glynnis moved in and out of various Chirstian churches as a child, but ultimately drifted away from organized religion as a teenager. After graduating high school, she spent one year at Northwestern Michigan College before transferring to Earlham College in the Fall of 2014. At Earlham, Glynnis found joy and wonderful friends as co-convener of the Outdoor Education House, as a singer in the Earlham Jazz program, and through involvement with Students for Peace and Justice in Palestine. While studying abroad in New Zealand, Glynnis discovered a deep passion for midwifery and prenatal care, an interest she pursued through her senior year as a Human Development and Social Relations major before graduating in the Spring of 2017. Also at Earlham, Glynnis began to explore a deep connection to Quaker principles and practices, which she is ecstatic about continuing during her QVS year. Glynnis is thrilled to be fulfilling a life-long dream of moving to the West Coast, and can’t wait to work with p:ear over the coming year.

Aila Hauru

Aila Hauru grew up in a small town in northern Finland. After receiving a scholarship to finish her high-school at the international United World College of the Adriatic, she moved to a small town on the Adriatic coast in Italy. After graduating from high-school in Italy, she went on to complete her BA in Bremen, Germany. For the past 2 years, she has lived in Budapest, Hungary and received her MPA degree from the Central European University.

Aila has a strong interest in women’s and minority rights. She has organised and taken part in many student initiatives aiming to increase awareness of women’s and LGBTQ rights. In Germany, she organised a Women’s International Leadership Conference at her university that brought together around 200 participants from around the world to discuss the advancement of women in the professional sphere.

Aila is excited to be moving on the other side of the Atlantic and to be working for YWCA in Portland.

Greg Koziol

Born and raised in Summit, New Jersey, Greg Koziol attended Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Greg went into college expecting to study Classics and Computer Science, but after becoming interested in issues of identity, inequality, and social justice, ultimately graduated with a degree in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s studies. Some of his other favorite subjects included Religious Studies and Literary and Cultural Theory.  One of Greg’s most rewarding experiences in college was his involvement in Bowdoin’s Board Game Club, which he co-founded in his first year and helped lead during the rest of his time at Bowdoin. Though initially just a handful of friends who met weekly to play board games, the club has grown to become the site of an inclusive, welcoming community with a culture unlike anything else at Bowdoin. In an environment otherwise dominated by a focus on competition and achievement, Bowdoin’s Board Game Club is a space for meaningful growth, community building, and the simple joy of spending time together.

Though growing up his family attended Catholic mass regularly, spirituality is something that Greg has primarily engaged with through conversations with his close friends, particularly about trauma, and perspectives encountered in his classes. Greg is new to Quakerism, and he is looking forward to exploring how its structure and community will shape his journey. Greg is excited and grateful to have the opportunity to serve with Outside In this year.

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