2018-19 Site Placements (click on any logo for more information)
Local Enterrpise Assistance Fund (LEAF)'s mission is to promote human and economic development by providing financing and development assistance to cooperatives and social purpose ventures that create and save jobs for low-income people. LEAF lends nationally, with a focus on community-owned natural food cooperatives that create high quality jobs and provide access to healthy food in urban and rural communities; low-income cooperative housing developments; and worker-owned firms and other community-based businesses and social enterprises.
The QVS Fellow at LEAF, depending of their level of financial experience could either support the credit manager with underwriting and analysis, or more widely support the organization through grant writing, communications, and loan documentation. The Fellow will have opportunity to immerse themselves in the work of mitigating wealth inequality and supporting the work of various cooperative groups and organizations.
For 30 years, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) has been committed to a singular, powerful mission: to provide and assure access to the highest quality health care for Boston’s homeless men, women, and children. Over 12,000 homeless men, women, and children are cared for by BHCHP each year. They are committed to ensuring that every one of these individuals has access to comprehensive health care, from preventative dental care to cancer treatment. Their clinicians, case managers, and behavioral health professionals work in more than 60 locations to deliver the highest quality healthcare to some of our community’s most vulnerable — and most resilient — citizens. These health disparities are compounded by the barriers they face in accessing the care and services they need, often rooted in their daily struggles to access food, shelter, clothing, and transportation. Without the safety of a stable home, health care can easily become a distant priority, causing preventable and treatable illnesses to go diagnosed and minor symptoms to rapidly escalate into health crisis. BHCHP has become a nationally recognized model of innovative health care for homeless patients.
The QVS Fellowship position is as a Case Manager and Health Educator. The Fellow will be responsible for making referrals and providing resources to patients in need of services that support their overall health, including detoxes, transitional housing programs, food programs, transportation assistance, etc. The Fellow will help support, assist, and serve patients in myriad ways.
Here is a video of "A Day in the Life of a QVS Fellow" featuring Derek Blankenship working at Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program.
Cambridge Friends School is a co-educational elementary and middle school (pre-K – grade 8) established in 1961 under the care of Friends Meeting at Cambridge, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). It is the mission of Cambridge Friends School to provide an outstanding education. Guided by Quaker principles, we engage students in meaningful academic learning within a caring community strongly committed to social justice. We expect all students to develop their intellectual, physical, creative, and spiritual potential and, through the example of their lives, to challenge oppression and to contribute to justice and understanding in the world.
The QVS Fellow will serve as a Teaching Assistant at CFS, partnering with teachers and students in a classroom to support their work in developing lesson plans, instructing, integrating social justice and issues of community and equity into the curriculum, and participating in the life of the school. We would designate a particular classroom and age group assignment based on the interests and experience of the Fellow. Qualifications: Fellow should be passionate, compassionate, collaborative, reflective, and enjoy working with others – adults and children. We are a learning community and grow through working with one another, regardless of experience level. We all would gain through partnering with an individual and organization dedicated to Quaker service. The Quaker belief in the “Inner Light” leads to faith in the ability of every member of the School community to reach her or his full potential. We honor and are enriched by a community with diverse gifts and talents.
The mission of the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) is to provide easily accessible, affordable, appropriate, high-quality, personalized, coordinated primary care, for all who live and work in East Boston and the surrounding communities, without regard to age, income, insurance status, language, culture, or social circumstances.
For more than 45 years, EBNHC has provided high-quality, comprehensive medical care to the communities of Revere, Chelsea, Winthrop, Everett and East Boston. Since opening our doors in 1970, the health center has operated 24/7/365 and has grown to become the only health center in New England, and one of the few in the country, to provide continuous care. EBNHC serves a diverse, low-income, medically under-served community with one of the largest Latino populations in Massachusetts. Many families are first-generation immigrants, and over half of East Boston households are primarily non-English speaking. Long home to new immigrant groups, the arrival of newcomers over the past 20 years from Central and South America provides East Boston with the highest number (and largest proportion) of Latinos in all Boston neighborhoods. Seventeen percent of the population lives at least 200% below the federal poverty line and 39.8% of household incomes earn less than $35,000 per year.
Position: Care Navigator
In an effort to eliminate health disparities (gaps in health status and health care equity across racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups), the fellow’s primary role will be to work in our Community Resource Center connecting patients to concrete community resources that they have been unable to access on their own. The Fellow will predominantly work with immigrants, low-income individuals, and patients with complex medical needs, linking them to needed medical, social service and legal services.
When focusing on immediate survival needs of food, shelter, and clothing, individuals without reliable access to care often defer healthcare concerns until they become acute. Whether it is explaining tenant rights to a family facing eviction, reviewing all available food access programs to an elderly patient experiencing food insecurity, or connecting a recent immigrant with local agencies that can provide free immigration consults, the Fellow will provide compassionate, direct services our patients. The Fellow will assist with completing applications for public housing, disability, utility and fuel assistance, as well as connecting families with childcare, playgroups, parenting classes, school enrollment, after school programs, and summer camps.
Additionally, Fellow will take a lead role in coordinating other community serving agencies services for EBNHC patients onsite and will oversee their operations. These include programs such as: Cradles to Crayons (distributing gently used clothing to children), management of a Fair Food program (packaging and distributing $2 bag rescued food), and a Red Cross Mobile Food Pantry The Fellow will actively seek innovative ways to help patients’ access basic needs and look to bring new resources to EBNHC.
International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) is a non-partisan federation of national medical organizations in 66 countries, representing tens of thousands of doctors, medical students, other health workers, and concerned citizens who share the common goal of creating a more peaceful and secure world freed from the threat of nuclear annihilation.
IPPNW was founded in 1980 by physicians from the United States and Soviet Union sharing a commitment to prevent nuclear war. Citing the first principal of medicine — doctors must prevent what they cannot treat — physicians from around the world came together to explain the medical facts about nuclear war to policy makers and to the public, and to advocate for the elimination of nuclear weapons from the world’s arsenals.
IPPNW received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985. Although the Cold War ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the US and Russia retained thousands of nuclear weapons ready to launch at a moment’s notice. Studies now show that a limited nuclear war using a fraction of the world’s nuclear weapons would damage the Earth’s ecosystems and could result in the starvation of as many as two billion people in a “nuclear famine.”
The Nuclear Abolition Program Assistant, under the supervision of the Nuclear Program Director, will be in direct communication with chapter leaders, student leaders, and other activists from around the world, working together on this critical project. The position will involve some routine office work in addition to arranging logistics for conferences on the medical effects of nuclear war and meetings between advocates and government officials. The Fellow working with IPPNW will also work with Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility in planning a fundraising and speaking event in the fall. This job may involve foreign travel.
We seek someone who believes deeply in the cause of nuclear weapons abolition. Skills in graphic design, using social media in advocacy, promotional writing, and having facility in more than one language, would be very helpful but not essential.
Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN) Our role as a facilitator of municipal-level action is unique among Massachusetts environmental groups. We empower our local chapters by enhancing communication, promoting town-level projects that improve communities, decreasing climate change-causing pollution, and reducing development time for those projects. MCAN speaks on behalf of all chapters to improve Massachusetts energy and climate policies and programs.
- Support local MCAN chapters to implement change at the municipal level. Municipalities have been the most active level of government to fight climate change on a worldwide basis.
- Advocate at the state and regional level for policies and programs that will benefit municipalities and their citizens.
- Facilitate peer learning and tool-sharing to effectively replicate successful programs from one municipality to the next.
- Work with partner organizations, including neighborhood and faith associations and affinity groups, to help them take action on climate change.
Founded in 2000, MCAN has more than 40 chapters across MA, supported by one full time staffer (the Executive Director), paid interns, an active board, and numerous volunteers.
Since our founding, we have helped our chapters accomplish local work ranging from climate action plans and greenhouse gas inventories to running solar buying programs and implementing energy efficiency in public buildings. At the state level, we have successfully advocated for passage and implementation of laws to help cities and towns do good work on climate, such as the green communities act and last year’s innovative clean energy bill.
The QVS Fellow position will have two major points of focus:
1. MCAN has, in partnership with the Mass Power Forward Coalition, developed a toolkit to help those interested in making a difference on clean energy at the local level implement projects and policies that are proven to move the needle on climate change. Chapters and local groups need coaching and mentoring to help build their teams, make choices about what to pursue first, and think through how they will get it done. The fellow would help these folks do all of those things, and therefore help towns and teams move from start to finish on projects and policies.
2. MCAN’s chapters around the state have been doing amazing work, some of them for decades. They have had real tangible results at the local level through actions like getting solar on their capped landfills, ensuring their communities have better transportation and walkability, and saving their neighbors and town governments money through energy efficiency. However, this information is not captured effectively: we know some of what towns have done, but not all. And we don’t have the stories of how our members made the decision to do their projects, we don’t have pictures of all of the projects or the teams, and we don’t have the crucial information about how much they are saving in terms of climate change or money. The fellow would help capture this information and help chapters and members share their stories.
Metrowest Worker Center-Casa is an immigrant worker-led organization based in the MetroWest area of Boston, Massachusetts, which organizes to defend and expand the labor, civil, and human rights of all workers. The organization is purposely multilingual and multiracial, and works to unite communities that unscrupulous employers seek to divide. They combine direct action and legal strategies to combat wage theft, allowing the Metrowest Worker Center to recover millions of dollars in unpaid wages, while building worker power. They support and organize injured workers to rebuild their lives and develop their leadership in their community. They assist workers to fight workplace sexual harassment and racial profiling. Allies participate in organizing communities of privilege to support immigrant-led campaigns, fundraise, take action against unjust laws and policies, and dismantle racism and xenophobia in their own communities.
The QVS Fellow will assist with Metrowest Worker Center-CASA’s (MWC-CASA) coordination of health care delivery to injured immigrant workers; outreach to faith community allies in building support of MWC-CASA and other immigrant worker centers in the region; support wage theft campaigns and legislative campaigns; and general support of the functioning of a small organization. The project offers the opportunity to engage extensively with MWC immigrant membership, as well as participate in public outreach. Precise job description will be defined jointly with project coordinator, taking into account the Fellow’s language abilities, skills & interests. Additional language skills, Spanish and/or Portuguese, a plus.
Here is a video of "A Day in the Life of a QVS Fellow" featuring Cristina Eraso working at Metrowest Worker Center.
New Economy Coalition exists to build the collective power of groups across the US. We are a growing network of more than 200 member organizations. We are organizers, researchers, workers, lenders, farmers, storytellers, artists, cooperative members, union members, local business leaders, community organizations, and more.
In collaboration with our allies in other social movements, we are working to make the new economy a powerful force in the lives of ordinary people. We are growing existing projects to scale. We are changing public policy. We are bringing this movement to the mainstream, shifting culture and the national conversation about the economy.
Boston Support Meeting
We have welcomed QVS Fellows to Boston for the first time in August 2015, under the care of Friends Meeting at Cambridge, and with support from Beacon Hill, Fresh Pond, Framingham Friends Meeting, and Wellesley Monthly Meetings.
We are so grateful for the continued support and welcome received in Boston, and are excited to continue the work for justice in Boston.
There are many ways you can support the QVS Boston program and amazing Fellows, contact City Coordinator, Kristina Keefe-Perry, for more information about ways to be involved!
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