QVS Portland

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


ReStores of Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East revitalizes neighborhoods, builds affordable and sustainable homes, and empowers families through successful homeownership. The ReStore arm of Habitat generates revenue to contribute to this effort by taking in donated items to sell for a profit to support homebuilding costs.

Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East is an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a global home building movement and top private home builder in the country. By providing affordable housing, home repairs, skilled construction training, financial education, and volunteer opportunities, the organization has transformed millions of lives, helped stabilize communities and fostered economic vitality in the region. Habitat welcomes people from all walks of life to partner in serving families in need and creating a better community for everyone who lives here.

Position: ReStore Associate

The ReStore Assistant is responsible for working with other staff and volunteers to manage all aspects of day-to-day retail operations as directed.

ReStore Assistants are expected to perform all tasks safely, efficiently, and effectively, and to use polite and respectful communication with staff, volunteers and customers.

Key Responsibilities
•Train volunteers to complete ReStore tasks and support with reviews and follow-up
•Greet donors and inspect donations; accept items that meet our guidelines and decline those that do not
•Clean and price donations; place priced items on the sales floor
•Clean and organize all store and receiving areas, including break and rest rooms, and outdoor areas
•Greet and assist customers in the store, including loading, measuring and answering questions
•Cashier and manage opening and closing of store

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
•Work as a team with staff and volunteers, following the lead and direction of senior staff
•Maintain a clean and organized work environment
•Manage time well, such as timely arrival for shift, reporting hours, taking appropriate breaks, and managing donation flow urgency
•Use tools and equipment, such as a forklift, pallet jacks and dollies to move donations
•Follow and enforce safety requirements with other staff and volunteers
•Master communication tools, such as telephone, email and 2-way radio
•Adapt to a changing work environment; learn new operations skills as program develops
•Dress appropriately, have a neat appearance and wear ReStore logo and nametag

Other duties as assigned, including taking a leadership role as needed

Work Environment/Physical Demand
This job operates in an open, warehouse retail environment. This position is very active and requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling, and climbing all day. The employee must frequently lift, move and/or load items over 50 pounds.

L’Arche Portland

L’Arche Portland is a faith-based organization in which people with and without intellectual disabilities create home and build community together. The focus of life in L’Arche is creating home with adults with disabilities, rather than just providing services to them. L’Arche believes in the power of relationship in community to transform lives and bring real home and genuine love to those whose deepest suffering is not their disability, but their experience of isolation and loneliness. L’Arche is a leader in demonstrating to Oregonians the quality care and companionship that is possible. It distinguishes itself by caring about people, rather than caring for people. L’Arche imparts to the broader community its vision of the unique value of every person, our need for one another, and the transforming power of mutual relationships.

The QVS Fellow will serve as a Live-Out Assistant. L’Arche Assistants work with the other Assistants and the Community Leadership Team to create and support community life in our homes. This position requires a mature individual able to maintain confidentiality while dealing with a variety of personalities and the tensions and conflicts that result. L’Arche Assistants must learn to develop competence in a wide range of areas including interpersonal relations, household planning, and personal time management. This position requires a commitment to live out the mission of L’Arche Portland and a call to share life with people with disabilities.

Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility

Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility was founded in 1981 by a group of local physicians and scientists who advocated against nuclear weapons and for the cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. We are the local affiliate of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War which was awarded the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize. Guided by the values and expertise of medicine and public health, Oregon PSR seeks a healthy, just and peaceful world for present and future generations by protecting human life from the gravest threats to health and survival.

Specific programs include advocating for a healthy climate and environment, ending nuclear power, and promoting peaceful alternatives to militarism, nuclear weapons, and gun violence. In addition to bringing the health perspective to issues of social responsibility, we intentionally prioritize the voices and needs of communities of color. We work to incorporate racial and immigrant justice into our environmental, anti-nuclear, and peacebuilding work.
The QVS fellow will assist with outreach and program responsibilities for our various programs. This will include: Staffing outreach table at community events related to climate change, peace, and other social justice issues; Overseeing volunteers and coordinating outreach for our annual peace writing scholarship for Oregon high school students; Coordinating outreach for our annual Hiroshima and Nagasaki commemoration; Assisting with social media and news media outreach; Outreach to health professional, student, and other organizations; Assisting with organizational fundraisers, events and other activities; Representing Oregon PSR at meetings with partner organizations and coalitions, especially continuing and developing relationships with environmental justice, immigrant justice, and equity groups. Other details of the job description will be tailored to meet the skills and interests of the volunteer. The volunteer will work with Oregonians of all walks of life (Portland community members, health professionals, Columbia Gorge tribes, and activists on diverse issues to name a few) and a wide age range (from high school students to the elderly).
Outside In

Outside In‘s mission is to assist homeless youth and other low-income and marginalized people move toward improved health and self-sufficiency. Outside In, established in 1968, has continually revised services to respond to changing client needs. We operate a Federally Qualified Health Center and are state-certified for both mental health treatment and alcohol and drug treatment services. Current programs include a Clinic and Homeless Youth Department. The Clinic is a cutting-edge blend of western and alternative medicine. It is a teaching site for Oregon Health Sciences University, and provides western medicine, naturopathic, acupuncture, Chinese herbal, chiropractic, and dental care. The Clinic provides healthcare five days per week and 28,000 visits annually. The Youth Department serves about 800 homeless youth annually. A Day Program provides safety off the streets and basic needs resources, including 3 meals per day, 6 days per week. It also offers other wraparound supports including case management, QueerZone supports for LGBTQ youth, mental health treatment, alcohol and drug treatment, 30 units of on-site housing, 50 units of housing in the community, our “Urban Ed” Alternative School, an employment center, and the Virginia Woof Dog Daycare/Job Training Center. This past year, 7 youth obtained their GED, 32 enrolled in college, 126 were employed, and 124 youth were supported in our housing options. 92% of youth graduating from Transitional Housing did not return to the streets.

The QVS Fellow will be serving as a Youth and Benefits Specialist. The goal of this position is to support homeless youth in transitioning from street life to self-sufficiency. The Youth and Benefits Specialist helps facilitate day-to-day services offered in the Day Program, a drop-in program for homeless youth. They will assist youth in accessing basic needs resources (food, showers, laundry, etc.) as well as actively work to build relationship and engage youth to access other needed resources and supports. Position responsibilities include: initial orientation of new youth; educating youth about resources and supports; crisis counseling (harm reduction counseling); assistance to ensure youth access eligible benefits (SNAP and Medicaid); supporting youth in identifying and accomplishing their goals by assisting them in successfully engaging and connecting with resources and supports; facilitating youth development activities; and tracking services provided to youth.

P:ear

P:ear builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art and recreation to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful and healthier lives. With a staff of only 9 people, each year we serve almost 800 homeless youth ages 15-25. Located at the corner of NW6th and Flanders, p:ear has been building positive relationships with homeless youth since 2002. During that time, p:ear has been recognized for our innovative programs and approach to homeless youth, including the Lowenstein Award, Friends of Alternative Education, and the Crystal Starbright Award.

The QVS Fellow will be serving as a Kitchen and Food Manager. The Kitchen and Food Manager will serve as a positive adult role model for youth accessing p:ear, with emphasis on respect and commitment. 80% of floor staff time will be spent coordinating meals, supervising cooks and kitchen volunteers and working directly with youth, the other 20% of time will be spent on administrative, organization and housekeeping tasks. Some of the duties are: to create a safe, supportive, structured environment; abide by all policies and procedures; develop positive, respectful relationships with youth, other volunteers, staff, and local business owners; maintain appropriate boundaries; help prepare the facility each morning, clean and organize it at end of work day with an emphasis on kitchen and food areas; and participate in weekly staff meetings, monthly in-services, retreats and p:ear events.

Portland Support Meetings

Quaker Voluntary Service opened a QVS house in Portland, Oregon in August 2013. We are thrilled to have welcomed Fellows to Portland every year since!

Sponsoring Quaker Meetings/ Churches:

This project is jointly sponsored by West Hills Friends Church, Reedwood Friends Church, Multnomah Monthly Meeting, and Bridge City Friends Meeting.

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

Contact #QVSPDX

Please click on the button below or contact Portland Coordinator, Caitlin Gaylord Churchill, to learn more about our needs and to let us know how you want to be involved.

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

Madison Arnold-Scerbo

Madison Arnold-Scerbo was born and raised in York, Pennsylvania, spending most of her time in her parents pet shop. In 2018 she graduated from Haverford College. She studied History and Museum Studies, and developed a passion for library science and public history. At Haverford she also organized a meditation group that cultivated her interest in stillness and contemplation, two factors that drew her to Quakerism during her time in college. She dabbled a bit in Quakerism after arriving at Haverford, and is excited to continue to grow her relationship with Quakerism. Some of the causes that Madison feels strongly about are the protecting the environment, fostering access to education, and combating racism and white supremacy. She will incorporate those interests into her position as a program assistant at Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Taylor Hatch

Taylor Hatch was born in Washington state, but grew up in the desert of Chandler, Arizona. She attended Chandler Gilbert Community College as a vocal major. There she received her Associates degree while she had the opportunity to work with children with intellectual disabilities. She continued her schooling at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona studying Speech and Language Pathology. Throughout school Taylor’s favorite group to be a part of was always choir. Taylor enjoys singing, drawing, and being in nature. She is excited to have the opportunity to work with L’Arche Portland this QVS year and she hopes to incorporate her love for music in her work.

Jessica Clingerman

Jessie Clingerman is a recent graduate from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She studied religion and German with a minor in Peace and Justice Studies. Her studies took her to Freiburg, Germany for 6 months where she improved her German and worked with refugees and migrants. She is passionate about inclusion, assisting people flourish, and a plant-based lifestyle. She is excited to be working with Outside In as the outreach and enrollment specialist this year.

Jones Pitsker

Jones Pitsker (she/her) grew up in sunny yet boring Santa Monica, eating ice cream and pretending she was a surfer boy before coming out as trans. A recent graduate of Oberlin College, she has spent the last four years delving deep into issues of systemic oppression through her classes and working toward mental health promotion at the Peer Support Center, a student-run counseling center that works in conjunction with the real counseling center. Jones is also one of the best paper marblers in the United States and sells her work on her moderately-successful Etsy page, TheMarbleMistress. She hopes to pursue a future in service work and finds incredible meaning working with young people and queer people in a helping setting. Because of this, she is super excited to be working at Outside In this service year!

Zoë Enciso Edmiston

Zoë Enciso Edmiston grew up in Ohio’s capital city, Columbus. Throughout childhood and into adulthood, Zoë was always moving and creating. She was a competitive Irish Step Dancer from age 5 to 21. She has continued playing piano throughout her life and recently started learning to play guitar. In 2016, she graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Linguistics, research distinction and two minors in French and Dance. In her studies of Dance at OSU, she discovered a deep passion for improvised movement, contact improvisation and contemporary dance. Language has always intrigued Zoë, so Linguistics was a fantastic way to learn about the elusive and mysterious threads that connect all of humanity. After graduation, Zoë discovered a volunteer based organization in Columbus called INCH (International Neighborhood Coffee Hour), where women from around the world gather each week to participate in English conversation tables.
Zoë works as a cook and a server at a vegan café that emphasizes health and environmental sustainability. She loves her job, her coworkers and the support of the vegan community, though she is vegetarian.
On Sundays, Zoë attends North Columbus Friends Meeting, where she has attended since she was a baby and where her parents were married in 1985. She provides childcare for the meeting, but if no children are present, she sits in silent worship with the other members of the meeting. Although she most most closely identifies with Quakerism as a religious practice, she is also drawn to other mind/body/spirit practices such as Polarity, Reiki, Yoga and Improvised Dance.
Zoë is humbled and invigorated to be joining QVS in Portland. She hopes to continue her exploration of mind/body/spirit alongside other dedicated, passionate people. She is looking forward to working with p:ear as the Kitchen and Food manager, to provide meals, community, and support for homeless youth in Portland.

Peggy Schlagel

Peggy Schlagel (she/her or they/them) grew up in a military family and moved around the country. She spent most of her adolescence in Kansas but has most recently lived in Kansas City on the Missouri side. After graduating high school, she joined AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps where she developed a science curriculum for a summer camp designed for children who are Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, built and maintained trails in the Central California, taught English as a second language in Los Angeles, and worked in community gardens in western Idaho and eastern Washington. Shortly thereafter, she joined City Year Kansas City and worked in an urban school with the public school district. Peggy has also interned at the Urban Farming Guys which is a Kansas City non-profit focused on community development through urban farming, after-school programming, and community organizing.

Outside of work, she is heavily involved in community organizing, open panels, protests, and other forms of activism that focus on women’s rights, LGBTQA+, racial justice, and immigration rights. Peggy is a writer and a traveler. She loves exploring new places and attending local events in whatever new city she finds herself in. Her hobbies include reading, learning languages, and hiking.

Peggy identifies as agnostic and regularly attends Unitarian Universalist services. She is thrilled to delve into Quakerism and complete another year of service with a new focus on spirituality and intentional community. She will be serving in Portland with the Habitat for Humanity Restore.

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