QVS Boston

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

Local Enterprise Assistance Fund

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.

Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program (BHCHP)

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

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.

East Boston Neighborhood Health Center

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

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.”

Nuclear Abolition Program Assistant for International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) is looking for a self-motivated, skilled individual to assist in outreach to medical professionals, allied groups, and individuals in sixty-six nations in support of the UN Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), which passed on July 7, 2017. IPPNW, through its doctors and allies, will be working to educate policy makers and the public about the catastrophic consequences of nuclear war and secure the signature and ratification of fifty nations worldwide to bring the treaty into force.

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)

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.

We:

    • 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

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

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.

The QVS Fellow will work in two organizations (NEC and one of the others):
1. New Economy Coalition (NEC): The fellow will spend 3 days/week working to support NEC’s working groups. One of the resources NEC provides to its 200+ member organizations is the ability to join working groups to facilitate peer-learning and relationship-building. The QVS Fellow will help to coordinate and build the capacity of working groups across three departments: development, communications, and membership. Specific tasks will include research on relevant press and media hits, helping building a shared communications database for NEC members, helping build NEC’s resource library and Member Map, grant research and prospecting, and other projects determined by interest, skill and organizational need, under the supervision of the Development Director.
2. Ujima Project: This urban hub run by and servicing communities of color is recruiting a fellow of color to develop a faith-based anchor institution strategy and explore a faith-based cooperative purchasing initiative, under the supervision of core staff. Fellow must have an interest and experience in faith based communities.
3. Center for Cooperative Development and Solidarity-CCDS: An umbrella organization for worker cooperatives run by Latina Immigrant women; the bilingual (Spanish required) fellow would work to develop and support the 5 projects being launched.

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.

Contact #QVSBOS

There are many ways you can support the QVS Boston program and amazing Fellows, contact City Coordinator, Hilary Burgin, for more information about ways to be involved!

2018-19 Fellows (click on any picture for more information)

Eust Eustis

Eust Eustis grew up in Medway, Massachusetts, and has spent the past three years living in Boston. They graduated from SImmons College in May of 2017, where they received a degree in Biochemistry with a minor in Sociology. At Simmons, they were Co-President of the Sexuality Women and Gender Center, wrote a thesis about plants that can absorb and clean up arsenic pollution, and discovered their passion for science, public health, social justice, and human rights work. Eust hopes to use the privileges they have been granted in this lifetime to work to dismantle systems of oppression and to return power and pay reparations to historically marginalized people. They are excited about the opportunity QVS offers to dedicate themself to this work, while also living in an intentional community and exploring their spirituality. They look forward to the transformative year ahead and all of the growth, learning, and unlearning they will do. They cannot wait to begin working with International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War in the fall.

Margaretta Mitchell

Margaretta Mitchell is a Philadelphia-area native transplanted to Boston by way of Wellesley College, where she majored in anthropology and minored in Biology. She became interested in healthcare access and advocacy through her previous independent studies in HIV/AIDS non-profits and, more recently, her senior thesis exploring the significance of personal genetics in the adoption community. Raised as a member of Birmingham Friends Meeting, she is excited to re-connect with Quakerism as an adult and begin to more seriously explore the values and questions central to Quaker theory and practice. Previously, Margaretta was a member of ascenDance, Wellesley’s student-run ballet company. Here, she grappled with questions of equity, community, and leadership while serving as the company’s production manager and treasurer. Margaretta is excited to begin weaving spirituality, health advocacy, and justice systems through her work at Boston Health Care for the Homeless.

Emma Turcotte

Emma Turcotte is a Chinese-American adoptee from Muncie, Indiana. She just graduated from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana with a degree in Human Development and Social Relations and a minor in Religion. At Earlham, Emma served as a co-convener for both the Outdoors Club and Interfaith House and recently, has taken the lead on student organizing around gun control on campus. In addition to experiences on-campus, Emma has been able to travel off-campus to both New Zealand and, most recently, Spain while at Earlham. This past May she spent a month walking part of the Camino de Santiago, a religious pilgrimage in Northern Spain, and during the Spring of 2017 Emma spent a semester abroad in New Zealand. Though Emma spent four years at a Quaker institution, it wasn’t until she was able to live on a Quaker settlement during her study abroad experience that she became seriously interested in Quakerism and so she credits both Earlham and her global travels for introducing her to this exciting and enriching community.

When Emma is not in school, she likes to spend her time hiking, reading, and listening to music and, during the summer, she splits her time between working with kids and working at a local record store. As a die-hard Sox and Pats fan, Emma is very much looking forward to living in Boston this year and is hopeful that her co-workers at LEAF (Local Enterprise Assistance Fund) will share her enthusiasm for these teams!

Jeremy Graf Evans

Jeremy Graf Evans grew up in a mixture of Israel/Palestine (Birth->1 year), Baltimore (1-5), and Jakarta, Indonesia (5-9), with his family holding home for the past 13 years in a renovated barn in Glen Mills, PA – conveniently he can say he grew up in a barn. Given the somewhat nomadic nature of his childhood, he feels fortunate to call Westtown School (2014) and Haverford College (2018) part of his home as well. Although not a formal member, Jeremy has most often worshiped in Westtown Monthly Meeting and got his first introduction to Quakerism beginning in his Baltimore years at Stony Run Meeting and Catoctin Quaker Camp.

At Haverford, he spent his final three years living in the Quaker Community House and was a four-year member of the Men’s Basketball Team, and the Ford S-Chords A Cappella group spending the summers working with B Lab and DiverseCity. A Political Science Major, and Environmental Studies Minor who dabbled in Economics electives while diving into a wide array of liberal arts courses, Jeremy has a fascination with the intersection of how economics/finance, and social Justice play a role in promoting sustainable ecosystems that can support human life to the fullest. Fittingly, he is excited to get a broad based understanding of how we might reimagine economic and subsequently earthly and social relationships this year through working with the New Economy Coalition.

Brenda Quintana

Brenda Quintana grew up in Spanish Fork, UT, but was born in Toluca, Mexico. In May 2018, Brenda Graduated from Wesleyan University where they majored in American Studies and minored in Data Analysis. During their time at Wesleyan, Brenda was involved in various identity based student groups, such as the Latinx Student association, Ajua Campos, and the first generation and low income student group, First Class. Additionally, Brenda was extensively involved in the co-educated literary society, Alpha Delta Phi, and in their position as the society’s Chaplain and Adelphic Education Fund Chair, they worked towards facilitating conversations about inclusion and outreach to students typically excluded from historically white institutions. While at Wesleyan, they had the opportunity to study abroad in Madrid for a semester, as well as conduct a summer research fellowship through the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship at the University of Chicago. Having grown up around a dominant Mormon community, Brenda was primarily interested in researching the relationship Mormon’s had to the Mexican border and their ideological conceptualization of race and indigeneity during the latter part of the 19th century. Although Brenda has had limited experience with Quakerism, their background in religious studies has inspired a new interest in spirituality and Christianity that looks different than what they grew up with at home. The QVS year will provide an exciting and necessary opportunity to reexamine how they want to incorporate Quaker values into their life. Brenda is eager to join the QVS community and to do work they believe very much in for immigrant communities at Metrowest Worker Center.

Rebecca Winterich-Knox

Rebecca Winterich-Knox is a proud Quaker from Greensboro, North Carolina, and a recent graduate of Wellesley College, where she majored in English Literature and Italian Studies. At Wellesley, Rebecca explored her passions for community-building and outreach by serving as a First Year Mentor and a Mental Health Educator within her residence hall, and by volunteering with and directing Keylatch After-school Program in South Boston. She also spent seven months studying in Italy, where she developed her enthusiasm for creative education and empowerment by teaching English to elementary schoolers, and working in a modern art museum. Rebecca could not be more excited to foster meaningful community through QVS Boston, and to pursue a year of service with Mass Climate Action Network.

Susan Kelly

Susan Kelly grew up in Lexington, Kentucky and is very excited to have the chance to live in Boston this year. She graduated from Haverford College in May of 2018 as a Spanish major and History of Art minor, and spent one semester abroad in Chile, which came to be the focus of her senior thesis. In this project she studied the historical importance and symbolism of the National Stadium in Santiago. Susan grew up involved with her home meeting, Lexington Friends, as well as the teen group of Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting, of which she attributes much of her spiritual growth. She is looking forward to reconnecting with Quakerism in a more intentional way this year. At Haverford, Susan spent her time playing with Ultimate Frisbee team, working in the college library and as a Spanish teaching assistant, cooking meals with her apartment, collecting small rocks, and thinking about her dogs back at home. She is excited to be immersed in this intentional community and is looking forward to learning, growing, and working with the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center.

Sangeeta Subedi

Sangeeta Subedi spent most of her childhood in the small town of Winchester, Virginia. She was raised with an eclectic mix of Hinduism and Quakerism, and has spent many hours dancing at Diwali celebrations, reflecting at Quaker meetings and retreats, and generally contemplating her spirituality. In May 2018, Sangeeta graduated from Swarthmore College with a B.A. in Psychology and Educational Studies. During her time at Swarthmore, she worked as a coordinator for the Writing Mentorship program, as a research assistant for a project on single-sex education for low-income boys of color, and as an intern at a therapeutic nursery for children experiencing trauma. She has become particularly interested in understanding and combating racial, class-based, and gender inequities across the lifespan. In her free time, Sangeeta also enjoys frolicking in the woods with friends, dancing tango, and playing board games. She is excited to continue building on her interests through social justice work with The Cambridge Friends’ School in the upcoming year.

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