QVS Atlanta

QVS Atlanta

2018-19 Site Placements (click on any logo for more information)

Georgia Sierra Club


Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. What makes the Sierra Club unique is that we have the grassroots power to win with 2.7 million members and supporters, 64 Chapters, and over 400 groups. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, we've made history by leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.

Job Title: Sierra Student Coalition Clean Energy Organizer

Job Activities [focused on the College Campus Locations but not limited to]

1. Acts as a key team member of the Clean Energy for All Committee, including Membership Committee activities and events.
2. Recruits, and coordinates Sierra Club members and other pro-environment coalition partners to volunteer with the Georgia Chapter.
3. Educate the public about the importance of clean energy and the economic and environmental benefit it can bring to our communities.
4. Canvass neighborhoods and run phone banks to educate the public and Sierra Club members on clean energy campaign.
5. Coordinate with and assist local Sierra Club Group(s) with their campaign efforts. Strengthen local Group capacity by attracting new volunteers.
6. At the conclusion of the campaign, finish the project by compiling and delivering lists and other work products to Chapter leaders.
7. Supports fundraising activities for the Sierra Club Georgia Chapter, as needed.
8. Performs miscellaneous duties as assigned.


Knowledge & Skills:

- A four year degree or a graduate degree in Environmental Science, Political Science or a related field within the last 12 months.
- Must be willing to knock on doors and make phone calls every workday.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Ability to work well with diverse group, staff, volunteers and the public.
- Research and analytical skills.
- Proficient computer skills: word processing, spreadsheet, Internet.

Southern Center for Human Rights

The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) is a nonprofit law firm dedicated to providing legal representation to people facing the death penalty, challenging human rights violations in prisons and jails, seeking through litigation and advocacy to improve legal representation for poor people accused of crimes, and advocating for criminal justice reform on behalf of those affected by the system in the Southern United States. SCHR was founded in 1976 by ministers and activists in response to the United States Supreme Court’s reinstatement of the death penalty that year and to the horrendous conditions in Southern prisons and jails. The organization’s attorneys and investigators struggled alongside civil rights organizations, families, and faith-based organizations to protect the human rights of people of color, poor people, and others in the criminal justice system in the South. Complementing our capital litigation, SCHR has a strong civil litigation practice that is able to bring impact litigation challenging the systemic deficiencies revealed through our capital litigation. Some of SCHR’s largest wins have resulted in an overhaul of South Carolina’s entire prison system; major renovations in Louisiana’s Angola Prison death row; shutting down Alabama’s Morgan County jail; and improved HIV care in Limestone Prison in Alabama, including an 80% drop in AIDS deaths.

The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) is excited to invite a Quaker Fellow to join our vibrant legal team as a Criminal Justice Reform Intake Specialist (“Specialist”). The Specialist will work closely with attorneys and investigators to respond to challenges and concerns from people who are under criminal justice control and challenge unconstitutional or illegal criminal justice practices and the application of the death penalty in Georgia and Alabama.

9to5

9to5, founded in 1973, is a national membership-based organization committed to strengthening the ability of low-income women to win economic justice. 9to5 combines advocacy, public education, civic engagement, grassroots organizing, policy campaigns and leadership development to improve employment policies for women and families. Their mission is to build a movement to achieve economic justice by engaging directly affected women to improve working conditions. While they work to win immediate improvements in conditions for low-income women, they also seek to address the root causes of poverty among women and their families, and to focus on the links between different types of oppression. They connect injustice in the workplace with the systemic discrimination from which it stems, and relate both to the need for creation and protection of family supporting jobs for all. They also work for social change within our organization and community by electing our leadership from our constituency, operating in a democratic manner, connecting local and global issues, working in collaboration with other local organizations, and building communication and trust across diverse constituencies.

The QVS Fellow position is as the Helpline and Chapter Organizer which is split between three roles. Half of the Fellow’s time will be devoted to outreach and member engagement for the Atlanta chapter’s issue campaigns (Ban the Box, Election Connection, and the Family Care Act). A quarter of the Fellow’s time will be spent managing the Job Survival Helpline, providing information to our callers about their rights on the job and assistance navigating their options to deal with workplace issues. We provide in-depth training on employment law and resources available to our callers, as well as side-by-side on the job training for practice taking calls. The final quarter of the Fellow’s time will be supporting the Action Network, including engaging helpline callers and other new contacts to provide tools and resources to build support for working women’s issues in their own communities.

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Logo
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. Drawing on continuing spiritual insights and working with people of many backgrounds, we nurture the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social relations and systems.

The Atlanta Economic Justice Program works with low income, underserved, and vulnerable communities through grassroots organizing and fostering community leadership to build a culture of activism, build coalition, and build resistance to economic injustice.
Leveraging a relevant community issue around economic injustice such as home eviction and foreclosure, mass corporation lay-offs, declining standards of living, lack of protections for renters and small business owners, we bring communities together to build public, community-based campaigns to draw connections between local economic injustice to larger systems of violence and oppression that control our minds, bodies, and communities

Responsibilities:
Attend staff meetings, help facilitate projects

  • Help organize, outreach, and facilitate community meetings in neighborhoods surrounding Turner Field
  • Preparing materials for workshops
  • Door to Door canvassing in NPU-V
  • Data entry
  • Networking with grassroots community groups in NPU-V
Atlanta Habitat for Humanity

Atlanta Habitat for Humanity partners with corporations, organizations, foundations, and individuals to build 50-60 affordable, green, quality homes each year for first-time, qualified, homebuyers. These homes are sold with a zero interest mortgage. Since 1983, we have built over 1,200 homes for more than 4,000 family members. Atlanta Habitat concentrates its services within the city of Atlanta and Fulton County to families with 30-80% Average Median Income.

The QVS Fellow position is as Family Services Outreach Assistant. The primary duties and responsibilities of this position are: to assist in the recruitment of qualified families by researching outreach opportunities, networking, and presenting program information to targeted audiences; to assist with information sessions and application workshops by providing administrative support and making presentations as requested; to follow up with prospective families to schedule them for an application workshop and apply for the home purchase program; to assist with homeowner education as requested to identify instructors, schedule classes and provide administrative support to the program; to assist with the implementation of a strategy designed to increase the level of community involvement among homeowners; and to research community resources for homeowners and participate in the creation and publication of 2 homeowner newsletters.

Friends School of Atlanta

Friends School Atlanta's mission is to provide challenging academics in a diverse environment, drawing on the Quaker testimonies, or values, of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality and stewardship to empower our students to go out into the world with conscience, conviction and compassion. FSA, opened in 1991 as a model for diversity and with the belief that all students have within themselves unique capacities for learning and achievement.

The school currently serves 170 students and employs 44 faculty and staff. The learning program provides opportunities for students to achieve their highest academic levels. In a supportive learning environment, students develop their capacities through independent thought, service and responsible action, thereby fostering life-long learning, self-confidence and respect for others. We provide a caring, cooperative atmosphere encouraging students to support each other as equals, and discourage that which would set one student above another.

Quaker values, based in the worth of each person, are reaffirmed in the school by listening and negotiating in the spirit of unity. These same values lead us to strive for diversity among students, families, faculty and staff, the Board of Trustees and in all areas of school life. As students incorporate the value of human respect into their lives, we believe they will take their wisdom and turn it toward social issues that extend beyond the immediate community to the world at large.

FSA serves a diverse population of students including some students with learning disabilities in an inclusive classroom model. Approximately 45% of students identify as students of color, 30% receive financial assistance to support their enrollment, and FSA has long been a welcoming school community for LGBTQ families. The QVS Fellow would support students and teachers in a wide variety of ways and depending upon their areas of interest. Past QVS have taught in classrooms, monitored playground, originated clubs, created service learning opportunities, mentored individual students, researched grant opportunities, supported refugee Quaker families in their matriculation to the school.

Georgia WAND

Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) is a statewide, women-led, grassroots organization, which strives to educate women, people of color, and the general public and decision makers about the need to reduce militarism and violence and redirect excessive military spending toward unmet human and environmental needs.

Georgia WAND’s Program Areas:
1. To complete a three-year environmental monitoring and outreach program in Burke County, GA and more generally environmental contamination from the nuclear industry, both weapons and energy
2. To increase the civic engagement of women, people of color, and youth in locations affected by the nuclear industry and in locations where Pentagon spending far outweighs resources for public services, such as education and housing
3. To build an educated constituency that connects the dots between extreme levels of military funding and the federal budget.

Georgia WAND co-designs strategies with people in communities who are directly affected by our focus issues; and we follow their leadership. Our constituency spans age, race, geography, and other markers of difference; and we are working to be inclusive of all women of color, transgender women, women throughout the state, working women, and young women. As an organization of action, we raise our voices to speak out against injustice; and we take our passion, knowledge, and experiences to the streets, the classrooms, the boardroom, the capitol steps, the state legislative body, the halls of Congress, and beyond. We support our constituents addressing their concerns by providing issue education, leadership training, and engagement opportunities with different agencies and public officials on budget and policy intervention points; conducting grassroots organizing and civic engagement efforts; and participating in coalition work.

The QVS Fellow will serve as a WAND Program Assistant:

Duties
• Supporting fundraising and programming activities
• Create reports and assist in program research as needed
• Answering phones, fielding calls, acting as a general point of contact for the organization
• Support staff in the drafting of educational materials, communications, program materials and grants
• Provide administrative support including filing, data entry, update membership database
• Calling volunteers, members, and partners
• Assisting with civic engagement work, such as voter registration and Get Out The Vote initiatives
• Supporting lobby days and giving public comments at government hearings
Skills
• Strong interpersonal communication skills
• Strong oral and written communication skills
• General computer skills: Microsoft Word, sending and receiving emails, online research
• Ability to work well with all levels of staff with a positive, solution-oriented approach

*Women, people of color, LGBTQ and immigrant individuals are encouraged to apply.

We are looking for a person with exceptional organizational, administrative, communication and people skills.

Racial Justice Action Center

Racial Justice Action Center's model of organizing emphasizes deep leadership development to facilitate transformation on an individual, community and societal level.  This approach is being developed by seasoned organizers who have identified the strengths and weaknesses of traditional social justice organizing and are working to create a model that is more effective, sustainable, democratic and is led by poor and working class people of color.  We are working very hard to build a people-centered organization that deeply understands the role of healing, trauma, and oppression (internalized and externalized) in our communities and organizations and which seeks to practice what it preaches in terms of democracy, transparency, and building a culture of empowerment.

The Racial Justice Action Center was founded in 2012 and has already successfully launched Women on the Rise (a grassroots organizing project for formerly incarcerated women and women with records), a Transformative Organizing Institute (a leadership development and somatic training series), and the Solutions Not Punishment (SNaP) Coalition campaign to win implementation of a local diversion program for people arrested for street level sex work that provides substance abuse, mental health and job training support to those in need.

The QVS Fellow will work on the RJAC campaign to close Atlanta City Jail as well as other organizing initiatives. Full Fellow Job description to come soon!

Atlanta Support Meeting

The first Quaker Voluntary Service program began in August 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia, with seven young adult Fellows. We have welcomed a new cohort to Atlanta every year since! This program is under the spiritual care of the Atlanta Friends Meeting.

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

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Please click on the button below or contact City Coordinator, Liz Nicholson, to learn more about our needs and to let us know how you want to be involved.

2018-2019 Fellows (click on any picture for more information)

Ira Berkley

Ira Berkley is a recent graduate of Oberlin College, where they studied English with a minor in Creative Writing. They hail originally from Louisville, Kentucky. They completed their capstone research on race and class in British Literature. On campus, they have been active in arts and activism and the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association. Throughout college, they have worked with various LGBTQ+ advocacy organizations and public interest law firms. In their free time, they enjoy writing and performing poetry, and music. They are looking forward to working with Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta in the upcoming year.

Livvy Feeney

Olivia (Livvy) Feeney grew up exploring the mountains outside of Boulder, Colorado. She recently graduated from Pitzer College, in the desert of Southern California, with a degree in Sociology and Gender + Feminist Studies and a minor in Dance. You can often find her searching for secret camping spots, geeking out about feminist theory, dreaming up better consent programming, or dancing the night away wearing blue lipstick. She cannot stop talking about how grateful she is for the communities of women she has been a part of. Although new to Quakerism, she is eager to learn more about intentional community building and spirituality in her QVS year. She can’t wait to dive into housing justice and related community organizing work with The American Friends Service Committee!

Eliza Stevenson

Eliza Stevenson was born in the mountains of Western North Carolina and grew up in Asheville. In May 2018, she graduated from Guilford College with degrees in Environmental Studies and Psychology, with minors in Gender and Sexuality Studies and Dance. Via the Bonner Scholars Program, Eliza worked as a coordinator for the YWCA’s Teen Parent Mentor Program for 3 years and helped to launch an after-school program at the YWCA’s emergency family shelter, as well as participated in the growing network of Food Justice efforts in Greensboro. In this realm, Eliza helped with the launch of Mobile Oasis, a mobile food market serving the many food deserts around Greensboro, and worked at the Guilford College Farm. During the summer of 2016, Eliza was an Environmental Educator at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, a renowned education center located within the National Park. During college, Eliza studied abroad in Chiang Mai, Thailand, completed an internship in Manta, Ecuador, and wrote an interdisciplinary senior thesis on the intersection of identity factors and connection with the natural world. Typically, Eliza can be found reading, contemplating, playing music, or in the woods. Eliza is very excited to be working with the Sierra Club Georgia Chapter over the course of the next year.

Rachael Carter

Rachael Carter is from Philadelphia and went to school at Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA. She studied Politics and Peace and Social Justice with focuses in food justice, religion, and labor. While in school, she worked with several organizations in the greater Philadelphia area including, The Food Trust, Martha’s Choice Marketplace Norristown and Camp Hill Kimberton. All of these places taught her the importance of community organizing, faith and the role of food.

She spent two years working with the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) both in Harrisburg and D.C. working on organizing and research. For three years, she participated as a Bonner Leader, working with other students to create community change and travelled to Beeston Spring Westmoreland Jamaica to participate in service and understand different faith backgrounds and the challenges that the community faces with short term service projects.

Rachael looks forward to working with Georgia WAND in the coming fall and learning with the community on how to respond to the issues that nuclear energy can bring.

Sandra Kluivers

Sandra Kluivers has dual nationality, being a Dutch and Swiss national who has lived in five different countries within the last 22 years. She recently graduated from Earlham College, IN, with a degree in International Studies and a minor in Global Management. She was leader of the Model United Nations group on campus for two years and participated in the creation of two different social enterprises. She has been passionate about gender equality all her life, working with women from marginalized communities in Nepal and South Africa doing research on local gender issues. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, karate, and exploring new cities. Sandra’s extremely excited to be working with 9to5 throughout her year of service in Atlanta and hopes to continue to fight for a more equal and just world for all in the future.

Ari Zuaro

Ari Zuaro is from Scotch Plains, New Jersey and recently graduated from Carleton College in Northfield Minnesota. While in college she majored in both Studio Art and Religion and enjoys making stuff out of found objects and ceramics. At Carleton she was a part of the softball team and enjoyed hacky sacking, cooking with housemates and riding her bike around Northfield. She is interested in farming and her first experience with Quakers at the Friends Settlement in Whanganui, New Zealand studying culture and sustainability. After going abroad and learning about Maori language immersion schools as well as working on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation doing museum education and participating at a Girls’ Rock Camp, she is excited to work with the Friends School of Atlanta this coming year.

Julia Dailey

Julia Dailey is originally from Hastings on Hudson, New York and graduated from Hamilton College with a degree in Art History and French. In college she worked as a docent and educator at the college’s art museum, the Wellin. Julia also co-founded and facilitated a body image and eating disorder peer support group and led orientation trips for incoming freshmen. Julia went abroad to France where she studied art, art history, and literature. In her free time she likes to do art, rock climb, and play ultimate frisbee. Julia is incredibly excited to be working for Atlanta Habitat for Humanity in the coming year.

Ivie Osaghae

Ivie Osaghae grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and came of age in the great state of Georgia. Her formative years there opened her eyes to the different cultures and life paths of those around her. Ivie’s desire to explore the creation of cultures in her surroundings led her to major in anthropology and minor in African American studies at Georgia State University. During her time there, Ivie served as President of Black Student Alliance where she discovered her passion for social justice work and community education centered on race, gender and identity. She hopes her time at QVS will prepare her for a career in strategic communications centered on branding and messaging for issue-based advocacy groups and non-profit organizations. In her free time, Ivie likes to travel, hike, binge watch Netflix, and test new recipes. This year Ivie will serve as the QVS Fellow for the Racial Justice Action Center.

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