2019-2020 Site Placements (click on any logo for more information)

Bread & Roses Community (BRCF)

Bread & Roses Community (BRCF) is a unique partnership of donors and activists who share a vision for a just society in which power and resources are distributed equitably. Bread & Roses was originally founded in 1970 as the People’s Fund – a radical anti-establishment social justice fund – and was re-established in 1977 as Bread & Roses Community Fund. Bread & Roses raises money from individual donors in the community to provide grants, technical assistance, and leadership development to constituent-led, grassroots, social change organizations in the Philadelphia region. The grants BRCF gives are raised and distributed by a cross-race, cross-class, inter-generational group of community members. Bread & Roses centers all of its work around its motto: change, not charity.

Two Program Associate positions under the Director of Programs:
The position will include; researching and meeting with grassroots community organizers like Ramona Africa and other local leaders; reviewing and cataloging grant proposals from a wide array of community organizations working on a wide range of issues including immigrant rights, racial justice, environmental justice, and LGBT rights; helping to design, write, and disseminate the quarterly newsletter and regular email communications; managing Bread & Roses’ social media profiles; creating and implementing programming for current BRCF grantees and other grassroots community groups, and planning and implementing a range of special events for the wider Bread & Roses community, including our annual Tribute to Change event that focuses on a different issue each year. This year’s Town Hall explored the intersection of gentrification and environmental racism. There is no typical day in the life of a Bread & Roses Community Fund QVS Fellow, and we like to think that’s what makes it so exciting!

Drum Corps Academy Cohort at Olney Charter High School

Drum Corps Academy Cohort at Olney Charter High School will prepare urban high school students for college while completely infusing the curriculum with music. DCAC will become the first competitive marching band in the city of Philadelphia in more than 25 years. Excellence in Music. Excellence in Life.

Vision, philosophy, and goals: We know that participation in music and the Marching Arts transforms lives. However, there hasn’t been a competitive marching band in the city for a generation. The DCAC program will transform lives through the power of music. It is our goal for the band to win a state championship. (DCAC) is a special program opening at Olney Charter High School in September 2019. With a maximum of 60 ninth graders and a cohorted schedule, DCAC will have a small-magnet feel. And with a One-to-One iPad program, Member Support Coordinator, and nationally recruited teachers, DCAC will prepare all students for college.

DCAC has been in planning for 3 years. Sep 2019 is the launch date of our first Freshman class!  Size and scope of agency - OCHS is a comprehensive high school with 1800 students. However, the DCAC will consist of the Arts Coordinator, 3 teachers, the MSC, and possibly one other staff member. There student max is 60.

DCAC is open to any high school student that lives in Philadelphia. We will run an online student recruitment campaign targeting aspiring musicians who want to go to college and the bulk of our in-person recruitment will be at the 4 surrounding schools: Olney Elem., Feltonville, Morrison, and Lindley Academy.

Member Service Coordinator (MSC)
The Member Service Coordinator position is all about removing barriers. Any obstacle that stands in the way of our students (or as we call them, members) achieving in music and in life must be overcome. The MSC will address physical, social, emotional, musical, and any other needs of our members to ensure their success - anything from temporary housing, uniform, IEP goals, learning English, musical issues, motivation, parent contact, Advanced Placement modifications, and behavior goals. The MSC is the advocate that never gives up on a member.

The MSC will work closely with 3 teachers, the Arts Coordinator, and a music tutor to transform the lives of 60 high school students. The Drum Corps Academy Cohort at Olney Charter High School is a new college prep program that infuses music into every area of the curriculum. Members will form the first competitive marching band in the city of Philadelphia in a generation.
Applicants must have State and Federal Child Abuse Clearances. Bilingual (especially Spanish) and Musical Background (especially Brass) preferred.

Nationalities Service Center (NSC)

Nationalities Service Center (NSC) is Philadelphia’s leading immigrant and refugee service organization empowering individuals to build a self-sustaining and dignified future. The Nationalities Service Center (NSC), believes that immigrants and refugees are a critical part of the fabric of life in the United States, and it is our vision that all immigrants and refugees achieve a life of dignity, safety, stability, sustainable opportunities and meaningful connections to their communities. To this end, NSC provides comprehensive services to immigrants and refugees, including legal protections, community integration, access to health and wellness services, and opportunities to achieve English language proficiency. Their dedicated staff are committed to ensuring that each of our clients receives high-quality holistic care and work together to refer clients to internal and external services based on the individual’s needs. Today, NSC serves 5,000 immigrants and refugees each year from over 100 countries around the world. They are the largest non-sectarian organization in the Greater Philadelphia area which provides comprehensive services in the areas of language access and proficiency, legal protections and remedies, community transition and integration, access to health and wellness, and job readiness training to immigrants and refugees.

The QVS Fellow will serve as the Legal Assistant, which provides direct legal services to clients in immigration law matters under the supervision of the Director of Legal Services. The Legal Assistant conducts legal intakes with clients, presents cases for analysis and review to the attorneys on staff, performs factual and legal research, completes applications for relief, meets regularly with clients, and speaks to community groups. The Legal Assistant works with low-income immigrants and refugees from diverse national origins. The clients are women, men and children; all age groups; all races/ethnicities; and varied language abilities. The Fellow should have strong communication skills, the ability to work well with people from many backgrounds, education levels, and traditions, the ability to work both individually and as a team, and have a strong interest in serving low-income immigrants.

Pennsylvania Health Access Network

Pennsylvania Health Access Network ( PHAN) is a consumer focused organization working to expand access and improve the quality of the Commonwealth's health coverage options. Since 2007, PHAN has brought consumer voices into discussions of health equity, reaching vulnerable populations in underserved communities.

PHAN has brought together health care consumers and community organizations to advocate for expanded access to health care in Pennsylvania since 2007. PHAN blends coalition-building and policy advocacy with our unique model of community health organizing that focuses on supporting and empowering consumers to get the treatment they need and become advocates for better healthcare in their local communities and statewide. PHAN has a long history of successful campaigns, including expanding Medicaid in Pennsylvania; protecting seniors’ access to care in Western PA; mobilizing Pennsylvanians to defend the Affordable Care Act, and building a group of housing and health advocates to push for needed housing services available through Medicaid.

Regardless of the policy issue, PHAN prioritizes bringing consumer voices and stories to the forefront of the debate and has a deep, successful history of engaging vulnerable populations in discussions that will ultimately impact their access to care and build a more equitable health system. PHAN also provides technical assistance and policy and communications expertise to its 550+ diverse community partners, who participate in PHAN-led coalitions on such issues as: opposing Medicaid work requirements, ending surprise medical billing, and supportive housing services. PHAN’s advocacy work is built on the organization’s direct connections with communities – both rural and urban- throughout Pennsylvania. As a federally-certified healthcare navigator organization, PHAN’s staff enrolls people in Medicaid, CHIP, and marketplace coverage. Over the past five years, PHAN has enrolled over 9,500 in healthcare coverage and fielded tens of thousands more calls through our statewide helpline.

Community Health Organizer (CHO) is integral to the success of these efforts and our ability to build stronger, healthier communities. The primary role of the CHO will be to:

  • Organize and mobilize residents around health-related initiatives
  • Create and engage in meaningful community dialogue about health issues
  • Develop community awareness about health care options, including expanded Medicaid; and
  • Serve as a community-based presence for PHAN’s Helpline services.
  • Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Identify and mobilize key community organizations, leaders, and residents around new strategie, programs, and advocacy campaigns to address health and wellness
  • Plan with assistance a targeted and coordinated approach to community engagement
  • Conduct community outreach, including attending events, passing out flyers, canvassing
  • Storybanking: document consumer experiences in written and visual mediums, including video
  • Prepare consumers to speak publicly about their healthcare experiences, including in the media
  • Develop and train community members to lead health advocacy campaigns
  • Educate the community through public presentations, phone calls, mailings, tabling, etc.
  • Develop or modify materials to meet outreach demand and specific community needs
  • Organize events that draw out support for policy priorities, focusing on community involvement
  • Maintain detailed notes and track data on activities
  • Screen consumers for eligibility and educate them about the application and enrollment process
  • Provide consumers with fair, accurate, and impartial information to help consumers understand their options, complete the application, and make informed decisions
  • Listen to consumer's needs and explain coverage options and costs to help them pick a plan
  • Answer calls to the PHAN Helpline, schedule enrollment assistance appointments, conduct follow-up calls to ensure successful enrollment and renewal of coverage, make referrals to appropriate consumer assistance centers as needed
  • Provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services and provide limited-English proficiency applicants with information on how to obtain services in a preferred language. Ensure physical and other accessibility for people with disabilities.
  • Maintain ongoing knowledge of the rules and regulations of public health programs
  • Be responsible for maintaining and tracking enrollment data
  • Connect and refer people to local community resources, health centers, and nonprofits
  • Assist with data entry and filing of consumer information
Spark in Philadelphia

Spark in Philadelphia engages communities to provide career exploration and self-discovery opportunities that help middle school students understand, experience and pursue what’s possible.

Spark began in 2004 as a simple yet powerful idea. Two educators in the San Francisco Bay Area believed that mentorship and career exploration could transform minds, communities and futures, unlocking possibilities for young people at a critical stage of development. Spark was founded on the belief that all young people should be inspired to explore who they can become, and all adults have a role in supporting them in that journey. What began with a few students and volunteer mentors has grown into a national movement helping students to discover career options and connect their future with classroom learning through skill-building and mentoring. From its roots in the Bay Area, Spark has expanded to Los Angeles in 2010, Chicago in 2011 and Philadelphia in 2013.

Corporate Partnership Coordinator:
Successful candidates will demonstrate exceptional relationship building, communication, and project management skills, fluency in innovative thinking, and a make-it-work mentality. Candidates will also embody Spark’s Core Values: being a student and a mentor, working with passion and compassion, committing to collaboration and diversity, aiming high and true, and trusting/respecting each relationship.

Reporting to Spark's Corporate Partnership Manager (CPM), the Corporate Partnerships Coordinator (CPC) serves on the Philadelphia Development Team and will ensure high-quality experiences for Spark volunteers by leading efforts to recruit, train, support and develop a community of more than 200 volunteers and mentors annually. This includes building and leveraging relationships to effectively manage volunteer recruitment, compliance, training, and support across Philadelphia's 20+ corporate partners, for both fall Spark Lab workshops and ensuring that 100% of students are matched on-time with a mentor for Spark Mentorships in the spring.

Additionally, the CPC will ensure a vibrant and connected network of Spark volunteers/mentors by supporting key development initiatives like the annual Mentoring Matters peer-to-peer fundraising campaign s well as the execution of Spark's annual mentor appreciation and fundraising events: The Mentor All Star Awards. As a member of the organization’s development team, the CPC will also contribute to Spark’s local and national development strategy and play an integral role in regional communication projects.

Spark (sparkprogram.org) is a Career Exploration and Self-Discovery Program that gives middle school students opportunities to understand, experience and pursue what’s possible for their future. We are leading The Possibility Movement by bringing together diverse communities of families, schools and companies who care, share, teach and inspire. Spark Lab, Spark Mentorship and Spark High School Pathways use workplace experiences, mentoring and guided support to help students explore careers, build skills and find the right path to a successful future. Spark’s supportive National Team is dispersed throughout all four regional offices –the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia -to provide coaching, cross functional learning, leadership and resources. Innovation and creativity flourish in a culture that’s always learning and always teaching!


Philadelphia Support Meetings

Quaker Voluntary Service opened a QVS house in Philadelphia, PA in August 2013. We have been excited to welcome new Fellows to the city of brotherly love, where there is an abundance of Quaker History, and care. The house is under the spiritual care of Green Street Monthly Meeting, Germantown Monthly Meeting, Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, and Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia (Arch St. Quakers), as well as being supported by the larger Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting.

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

Contact #QVSPHL

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

2019-20 Fellows (click on any picture for more information)

Isabel Beck-Roe

Isabel Beck-Roe grew up in Chicago and graduated from Macalester College in 2018. While in college, she studied Geography, Music, and French, but channeled most of her energy into sketch comedy. She spends her summers at Quaker camp, where she has developed strong passions for youth empowerment, intentional community, and hoedowns. After spending the past year working in Los Angeles, Isabel is absolutely thrilled to be reentering both the non-profit world and a four-seasons climate through her work with Spark in Philadelphia!

Madeline Dahlin

Madeline Dahlin grew up in Beverly, Massachusetts and moved to Philadelphia to attend the University of Pennsylvania. While in undergrad, she worked at the Aquinas Center in South Philly, supporting immigrant youth as they engaged with issues of economic justice and youth-inclusive public space. After graduating, she spent a wonderful year working as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the School District of Philadelphia in the Office of Strategic Partnerships. Madeline is passionate about racial justice and, in her career, intends to explicitly address racial inequities institutionalized in many of our social, political, and economic systems. She is excited to spend the next year engaged in intentional conversations with her peers and to continue to develop personally. Madeline loves to swim in the ocean, play frisbee, and go on bike rides. She is also thinking about possibly adopting a dog in the near future. For her QVS year, Madeline is thrilled to be working at Nationalities Service Center as a Legal Assistant, supporting clients with applications for citizenship, green cards, and asylum.

Melissa McLaughlin

Melissa McLaughlin grew up in Phoenixville, PA, and recently graduated from Haverford College near Philadelphia, PA. She majored in Biology and focused her studies on environmental science, studying abroad in Freiburg, Germany to learn about ecology and sustainability. In her senior year, Melissa conducted a research thesis on an invasive marsh grass, Phragmites australis, that is changing below ground carbon sequestration dynamics. She grew up Quaker, and is a member of Radnor Meeting. At Haverford, she lived in a community-oriented house centered on Quaker values, and loved holding Quaker events and spending time with housemates. Melissa loves spending time outdoors, hiking, canoeing, and backpacking, and is slowly learning to play guitar. This year, she is excited to work with Bread and Roses Community Fund!

Sarah Bluett

Sarah Bluett grew up in small town Northeastern Wisconsin where she was an active member in the local community. She moved on to attend St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and completed an Individual Major titled Local Identities: Business and Community Sustainability. She spent two semesters off-campus during her undergraduate career, one program in rural Tuscany called Sustainable Agriculture, Food, and Justice and the other a Mennonite-affiliated program in the Southern Cascade Mountains called the Oregon Extension. Sarah fostered a deep appreciation for intentional community and a commitment to cooperating with others to facilitate change through social, economic, and environmental justice movements. 

An advocate for connectedness, she believes strongly in the power of active listening and intentional questioning as a means of improving empathy and relationship building skills. Sarah’s other passions lie in food justice, one-on-one conversations over home-cooked meals, and good-humored fun. Sarah is excited to be working at Pennsylvania Health Access Network this year!

Carl Deakins

Carl Deakins grew up in Berwyn, PA, on the outskirts of the Philadelphia suburbs. Their experiences, mostly in theater and Scouts, taught the needs for community organizing. Having gone to The Shipley School high school, founded as a Quaker School, they knew this ethos would be a natural fit for QVS. Yet, this space also ignited an awareness to spaces of formal education both as places of liberatory potential and themselves wedded to realities of power and privilege. This attention stuck through the work Carl did in high school, especially their Eagle Project: a ‘memory board’ at Peters Place, a support group for grieving people. Carl’s passion for attending to grief, sticks through their creative work and the Senior Thesis they completed at Bates College in Maine. Carl is excited to be serving at the Drum Corp Academy next year.

Madison Wagner

Madison Wagner feels most at home in organized chaos, having grown up in the suburbs of Chicago sharing one shower with her five siblings. Since high school, she’s had the chance to live, work, and travel all over (including Colorado, Seattle, France, Tunisia, Vietnam, and Ecuador). Madison’s favorite things are exploring, dancing, and finding friends in unexpected places. At school (Scripps College in SoCal), she studied French and Africana Studies, disciplines which allowed her to engage with untold histories, Marxist political theories, issues around food justice and urbanism, gender theory, and film. Madison is always down to cook curry (spicy), chat about reproductive health, or support local artists, musicians, and comedians. She adores living in intentional communities, and can’t wait to deepen her experience in community organizing as a Fellow for the Bread & Roses Community Fund in Philly, where she’ll have the opportunity to gain exposure and insight into their thoughtful, democratic and grassroots work

Paloma Collazo-Vargas

Genevieve Beck-Roe

Genevieve Beck-Roe grew up in West Rogers Park in Chicago. In May 2014 she graduated from Earlham College where she majored in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Genevieve attended Baltimore Yearly Meeting Camps as a child and was involved in BYM’s Young Friends and Young Adult Friends programs. While at Earlham, she spent two years living in Earlham’s Quaker House. Genevieve is excited for the opportunity to devote time to being intentional about exploring and expanding her Quakerism. In fall 2013 she participated in Earlham’s Border Studies Program based in Tucson, AZ, learning about the political economy of the US/Mexico border, grassroots activism in Mexico, and the humanitarian aid and sanctuary movements in the US. While in Tucson, she interned with Casa Mariposa, an ecumenical intentional community engaged in hospitality activism. In visiting immigration detention centers with Casa Mariposa, she became interested in the role community activism can play in the legal system. Genevieve will be serving at Southern Center for Human Rights.

Julian Layton

Julian Layton grew up in Somerville, Massachusetts. He just graduated from Wesleyan University, where a longtime fascination with religions and religious life led him to major in Religious Studies. He also starred in several short films and theater productions during his time at the university. Julian loves to read and write, mostly about aliens, and his favorite poet is Jean Grae (the rapper, not the X-man). This year he will be working with the Philadelphia Health Access Network.

Most Recent Blog Posts from Philadelphia

What's the news?

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from QVS.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Pin It on Pinterest