2018-19 Site Placements (click on any logo for more information)
American Friends Service Committee 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.
AFSC operates from an empowerment model rather than a service model, and whenever possible collaborates with and seeks guidance from the people and communities most affected by injustice. AFSC's work has five key issue areas: building peace, immigrant rights, addressing prisons, just economies and ending discrimination. In each of these areas, AFSC works with a variety of domestic and international populations.
The QVS Friends Relations Fellow will:
- Provide logistical and administrative support for Friends Relations
- Lead implementation of Let Your Life Speak fundraising campaign
- Create content for blog and website (blogposts, interviews, resources, etc.)
- Provide outreach, networking, and program support for liaisons and QPIN
- Coordinate 39 Questions for White People at Quaker meetings and institutions
Since 1979, Bethesda Project has been providing emergency shelter, housing and supportive services for thousands of individuals experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia. By offering a home and safe environment at each of its 14 sites throughout Philadelphia, homeless men and women can stabilize and regain their dignity and self-worth. From street outreach and shelters to permanent housing residences with supportive services, its locations create a Housing First continuum of care for Philadelphia’s chronically homeless. Bethesda Project employs a staff of 125, the majority of whom meet men and women where they are, providing case management to help individuals achieve their highest personal potential. Now, 38 years since its inception through a religious, grassroots volunteer-base, Bethesda Project remains committed to its initial calling and mission... "to find and care for the abandoned poor and to be family with those who have none."
The Community Life Assistant fosters and supports the mission of Bethesda Project while with working with the general public and in partnership with Bethesda Project staff, volunteers, residents, and shelter guests through Community Activities & Engagement, and Volunteer Coordination programs.
Principle duties include:
- Assist in recruitment, training, and support of volunteers
- Network with local volunteer agencies, schools, businesses, and faith communities
- Assist in organizing internal and external recreational, cultural, and advocacy activities and like events, including, but not limited, to annual picnic, holiday events, Bethesda Games, and Volunteer Appreciation Party
- Maintain volunteer database
- Develop relationships with Program Coordinators and be aware of each site's in-kind donation needs, volunteer requests, and culture
- Assist with the collecting and delivery of in-kind donations, which includes maintaining a donation inventory system
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.
The QVS Fellow at Bread & Roses will work as a Program Associate 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!
Fair Food was founded in 2000 with the goal of slowing the rapid loss of productive farmland by finding new wholesale buyers and simplifying delivery logistics so that food produced in our region could get to consumers’ plates. Fair Food also works to strengthen the public’s access to locally produced food via The Fair Food Farmstand at Reading Terminal Market, a year-round, retail outlet for all-local products. The Farmstand carries a variety of fresh produce, meats, poultry, dairy, eggs, cheese and value-added products from organic and sustainable farms within a 150-mile radius of Philadelphia. Open seven days a week, the goals of the Farmstand are to educate consumers about the benefits of buying local, to provide the region with a point of access to sustainably-raised food, and to support farmers by providing a market for local products. The Farmstand provides subsidized access to fresh, local food for SNAP-participants through our Double Dollars program. Double Dollars is a double value coupon program which provides SNAP customers with a dollar-for-dollar match (up to $10 per week) on their SNAP purchases.
Greensgrow was founded in 1997 as a hydroponic lettuce farm on a former brownfield site in North Philadelphia. Today Greensgrow is a $2 million social enterprise committed to strengthening the local food economy, and has emerged as a nationally recognized leader in urban agriculture. Greensgrow operates two community-based garden centers, a 750-member Farm Share program, retail farmstands, numerous education events and workshops, and a Community Kitchen for emerging food entrepreneurs.The Food Access Coordinator (FAC) will be shared jointly by Greensgrow and Fair Food, assisting in the development and daily operations of our respective food access programs. The FAC will spend roughly half of their time managing Fair Food’s Double Dollars Program at their farmstand location in Reading Terminal Market, tracking and reporting coupon redemption and distribution rates and promoting this program to underserved Philadelphia communities. Double Dollars is a Double Value Coupon Program (DVCP) that serves individuals using SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits, by offering a dollar-for dollar match on groceries purchased at the Farmstand. The FAC will also spend roughly half of their time at Greensgrow, coordinating the implementation and management of their SNAP Share program, which provides subsidized weekly produce boxes to families experiencing food insecurity.
QVS Fellow Position-
- Track Double Dollars data and report as needed to program funders
- Learn about food access initiatives across Philadelphia to be a better resource to customer inquiries
- Share Double Dollars information and food access resources with Farmstand customers, volunteers and staff
- Serve as point of contact for all Double Dollars inquiries
- Track SNAP Share data and report as needed to program funders
- Help process and manage member payment and tracking information
- Assist with member recruitment and outreach
- Assist with SNAP Share distribution markets
Attend related workshops and conferences as needed
In conjunction with Development teams and communications staff, promote both programs and identify opportunities for funding
Experience working with food access initiatives preferred
Experience working on farms preferred
Excellent organizational and project management skills
Ability to communicate effectively with customers, partner organizations, colleagues and funders
Ability to create structure out of ambiguity
Sense of humor
Experience with food retail a plus
Ability to meet physical demands of the job, including standing for long periods of time, bending and lifting up to 50 pounds
In order to promote social harmony and inter-religious understanding, the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia equips individuals and communities for interfaith engagement, builds collaborative relationships, and stands in solidarity with our diverse neighbors.
Since our founding in 2004, the Interfaith Center has challenged Philadelphians to dare to understand one another. Our bold vision is to have our region reflect the vibrancy of a religiously diverse democracy, one in which all people are valued, distinctive traditions are welcomed, and people of diverse backgrounds collaborate to shape a just and compassionate society. In our first 14 years, we have served over 30,000 individuals and partnered with more than 325 religious congregations and institutions, educational institutions, and civic and service organizations. To this day, the Interfaith Center remains one of the few organizations of its kind across the country. We’ve been called upon at the highest levels of city government and local business to help create programs that promote understanding, cooperation, and relationships between individuals of different faiths.
Community Fellows Program: The Interfaith Center is seeking a Community Programs Fellow who is passionate about grassroots interfaith relations work and has excellent communications skills. The Fellow will work in collaboration with a diverse team of Interfaith Center staff and volunteers to carry out agency programs and initiatives. All Interfaith Center programs are intended to equip individuals with the skills and knowledge for interfaith engagement, build relationships of trust and solidarity, and promote interfaith understanding in the public sphere. Specific projects will be determined based on the intern's skills and interests, as well as the Center's most pressing needs. These may include: (a) Coordinating, co-leading, and evaluating community events, educational programs and training workshops such as our Interfaith Ally / Bystander Intervention Workshop, a community conversation on the intersection of Race & Faith, and/or a neighborhood-based series of congregational open houses; (b) Planning, organizing, and facilitating an Alternative Break for college students -- or similar programs for high school students, (c) Coordinating, recruiting, and participating in our annual Bike Ride for Understanding and/or other community fundraising events and projects, (d) Assisting with the Interfaith Center's communications: website, social media, print materials, technology, and multimedia resources, (e) Researching and developing educational resources on religious diversity and pluralism in the United States, (f) Supporting our Zones of Peace initiative by Interviewing and recognizing nonprofits and congregations in our region doing peace-building work ..... and other diverse opportunities for skill building and engagement.
JUNTOS is a community-led, Latinx immigrant organization in South Philadelphia fighting for our human rights as workers, parents, youth, and immigrants. We believe that every human being has the right to a quality education and the freedom to live with dignity regardless of immigration status.
Juntos combines leadership development, community organizing, and focused collaborations with other community-based and advocacy organizations to build the power of our community members so they may be active agents of change and work against their own oppression. Juntos started in September 2002 as a volunteer project involving female clients of Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR) who were looking for more diverse and full services to suit their needs. During its first year of operation, Juntos was housed in space donated by St. Thomas Aquinas Church at 18th and Morris Streets. In January 2004, we were able to open our own office, the first Latinx community center in South Philadelphia, called la Casa de los Soles.
Development Assistant & Volunteer Coordinator:
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.
The West Philadelphia Alliance for Children (WePAC) was established in 2004 with 6 volunteers placed in 1 elementary school. Our scope and reach in providing library services and literacy programming grew in subsequent years to address the drastic closing of school libraries in response to the severe budget crisis impacting the School District of Philadelphia in 2009, that continues through today. There are currently only 5 or 6 certified school librarians for the School District of Philadelphia's 130,000 students (down from nearly 200 just 25 years ago). In fact, the vast majority of Philadelphia's 220 schools completely lack a functioning library. Enter WePAC: WePAaC provides essential, regular access to books and literacy enrichment with a simple yet effective approach: get kids excited about learning to read before they must read to learn. Through this approach, WePAC seeks to foster a love for books and reading in Philadelphia’s young students, and support literacy development through enrichment activities. Our libraries are set up to spark creativity, stoke imaginations, and encourage children’s dreams and ambitions through the written and spoken word.
Since 2009, WePAC's 170 volunteers have dedicated more than 10,000 hours annually to re-opening, supplying, and staffing volunteer-run libraries in elementary schools throughout Philadelphia. WePAC enhances the academic offerings of the schools we serve by providing library services and academic mentoring that are not otherwise available in these schools. All of our programming and services are provided during the academic year within regular school hours. WePAC currently serves approximately 4,500 students in 13 schools.
Community Engagement Specialist: WePAC relies heavily on volunteers, community partners, and families to support its mission. We seek to deepen our relationships with partner organizations, including school operators, nonprofits, advocacy groups, and civic groups. Specifically, we seek to develop strong, sustainable partnerships with a number of key stakeholders to engage volunteers and community members alike. The Community Engagement Specialist (CES) will plan and execute efforts to increase the awareness of WePAC in the communities we serve, as well as manage relationships with key partner organizations. More specifically, the CES will do outreach in the neighborhoods we serve to develop new community partnerships, recruit new volunteers, and identify opportunities for WePAC to better support the families we serve. Activities will include planning monthly service events, attending community meetings, and developing outreach materials to use with a range of audiences. The CES will report to the Executive Director, and work closely with the Program Manager, Program Development Associate, and other staff/volunteers as needed. Duties and responsibilities will include:
- Developing and managing a grassroots outreach campaign in the neighborhoods immediately surrounding our school libraries
- Building and strengthening external partnerships across the city to support WePAC’s efforts
- Serve as WePAC’s ambassador at public events and community meetings
- Run monthly service events to engage and recruit new volunteers at WePAC libraries
- Assist with planning and executing community engagement and organizing events including: trainings, library visits, letter writing campaigns, speaking events, etc.
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 both Green Street Monthly Meeting and Germantown Monthly Meeting, 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!
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.
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