QVS Portland

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

Central City Concern

Central City Concern's  mission: Providing comprehensive solutions to ending homelessness and achieving self-sufficiency.

Central City Concern meets its mission through innovative outcome-based strategies which support personal and community transformation.

  • Direct access to housing which supports lifestyle change.
  • Integrated healthcare services that are highly effective in engaging people who are often alienated from mainstream systems.
  • The development of peer relationships that nurture and support personal transformation and recovery.
  • Attainment of income through employment or accessing benefits.

The success of these four elements results in a transformation of world view and self image from a negative to a positive outlook, enabling people to become productive citizens who want to “give something back” to the community.

Central City Concern (CCC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency serving single adults and families in the Portland metro area who are impacted by homelessness, poverty and addictions. Founded in 1979, the agency has developed a comprehensive continuum of affordable housing options integrated with direct social services including healthcare, recovery and employment. CCC currently has a staff of 800+, an annual operating budget of $60 million and serves more than 13,000 individuals annually. In the early 1970s Portland’s Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood was populated largely by older men living in shabby, crime-ridden single room occupancy (SRO) buildings. The rent was cheap, the drug of choice was alcohol and Portland’s street inebriate problem was one of the worst in the nation. In 1979, in response to this growing problem, the City of Portland and Multnomah County together created the Burnside Consortium (now known as Central City Concern) to administer a National Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA) Public Inebriate grant.

CCC’s initial work involved alcohol recovery treatment as well as affordable housing management and rehabilitation. Early on, it was clear to CCC leaders that safe housing was of paramount importance to those in recovery and to the neighborhood at large. CCC’s work in renovating urban, SRO housing became a standard for other nonprofit housing organizations and attracted national attention.

Equity Specialist:
The Equity and Inclusion Specialist position is responsible for providing administrative and technical support to the agency-wide equity and inclusion initiative. This position is responsible for data maintenance, scheduling and correspondence regarding CCC’s equity functions.

1. Provide administrative support to the department in drafting and implementing policies, procedures and systems to support agency Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) priorities.
2. Organization of diversity/ equity meetings, including reserving conference rooms, arranging for room set up, arranging for catering, and any other event-specific needs.
3. Manage internal Equity and Inclusion Sharepoint.
4. Monitor the overall effectiveness of DEI training programs.
5. Monitor and track staff participation in equity trainings internally and externally.
6. Identify and track community events, plan and support DEI staff and client events (Extravaganza).
7. Supports the Assistant Director in developing and facilitating internal trainings that promote a workforce that practices and values equity, diversity and inclusion (Diversity 101 and 102).
8. Engage with internal CCC client advisory committees to integrate client voice in services at CCC.
9. Identify external training contacts and systems to assist staff members achieve cultural responsiveness and development.
10. Coordinate and assist agency resource groups.
11. Collaborate with CCC’s Training and Development department to ensure integration of DEI components in New Employee Orientation trainings and consistency in DEI training.
12. Adhere to all state and federal privacy regulations, including HIPAA and 42 CFR Part 2, and to CCC policies and agreements regarding confidentiality, privacy, and security. Support compliance with all privacy and security requirements pursuant to community partners’ and outside providers’ patient confidentiality agreements, including privacy and security requirements for EMR access. This includes immediately reporting any breach of protected health information or personal identification information of any person receiving CCC services by CCC or an outside provider to the CCC Compliance Department, as well as to your supervisor or their designee.
13. Attend all mandatory CCC trainings in a timely manner.
14. Perform other duties as assigned.

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.

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.

New Avenues for Youth

New Avenues for Youth is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention and intervention of youth homelessness. Since 1997, our programs and services have impacted more than 20,000 young people as they work to overcome barriers, pursue their goals, and realize their potential. From supporting basic needs like meals and counseling to providing opportunities for education, job training, employment, and housing, we meet youth where they are—and help them get where they want to go.

Our mission is to work in partnership with our community to prevent youth homelessness and provide young people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness the resources and skills needed to lead healthy, productive lives.

SNAP Benefits and Administrative Specialist
The SNAP Benefits and Administrative Specialist will work with New Avenues PAVE job training program supporting homeless and at-risk youth ages 17-24 who come from diverse cultures and backgrounds. They will connect youth to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and applicable resources, and will work with the Administration Team to support critical back office functions. The position performs weekly data entry, direct youth support, and SNAP program enrollment assistance. As a part of the PAVE team, the SNAP Benefits Specialist will help maintain a structured, supportive and safe milieu in the PAVE Career Lab and Drop-In spaces, and will collaborate with staff across New Avenues in order to create a model that provides effective, comprehensive services for program youth.

A well-qualified candidate has the ability to swiftly build trust and rapport with youth. They also possess a strong desire to foster equitable food access, work with diverse staff and youth, problem solve, and they excel in a multi-cultural environment. Group facilitation and relationship-building skills are key to a successful QVS experience.

The Fellow will join a well-structured team environment that values youth voice, equitable program access, and the adaptability needed to sustain a dynamic job training problem for young people. They will also join an agency with more than two decades of experience providing services through multiple systems of care— housing, case management, meals, drug and alcohol recovery and mental-health supports, education, job training, culturally specific LGBTQIA+ youth supports, and more annually to 1,600+ individuals experiencing homelessness and housing instability.

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.

Program Assistant:
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; Assisting with 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, including 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 just 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.

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.

 

Sierra Club, Oregon Chapter

The Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club represents the organization’s 70,000 members and supporters in Oregon and has been hard at work protecting our state’s public lands and building an unstoppable environmental movement here since 1978. Today, the Sierra Club employs five staff in Oregon who work with volunteer leaders to advance the chapter’s campaign priorities. We’re currently working on:
-Fighting for progressive carbon pricing legislation, stopping oil trains, and reducing diesel pollution in the 2019 Legislative Session.
- Stopping reckless fracked gas pipelines and export terminals, like the Jordan Cove fracked gas project in Southern Oregon.
- Protecting Oregon’s wild forests and high deserts, including the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument that's currently threatened to be downsized, and making sure public lands remain in public hands.
- Encouraging and inspiring Oregonians to get outside to explore, enjoy and protect the planet! These include outdoor hikes, service activities, community forums, and research efforts.

The Volunteer Coordinator works with volunteer leaders and staff to develop and implement programs which engage new activists, provide them training, and support them to engage effectively in a variety of chapter campaigns and activities. The Volunteer Coordinator will participate in choosing campaign priorities and likely work on a combination of clean energy, just transition, legislative, and electoral programs.

1. Works with groups and chapter leaders to develop outreach programs to identify and recruit potential volunteers, match volunteers to their areas of interest, and increase volunteer participation.
2. Maintains volunteer database and lists of volunteer openings and refers interested members to appropriate chapter campaigns and leaders.
3. Assists with the operations of the chapter office, implementing office procedures and membership services.
4. Produces content for social media, newsletters, emails and print materials to keep the Club membership and the general public informed.
5. Trains, supervises and schedules volunteers on office systems and functions.
6. Coordinates with coalition partners and outside interest groups to plan volunteer activities supporting the Club’s campaign objectives.
7. Performs miscellaneous duties as directed.

Population: The Volunteer Coordinator will work with a wide range of populations interested in the environment and activism. Our primary targets for outreach and recruitment will likely be youth, retirees, women, and people of color.

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. Zoë will be working with New Avenues for Youth this year.

Marie Schlagel

MarieSchlagel (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. Marie 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. Marie 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.

Marie 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 Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club.

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


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.

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.

New Avenues for Youth

New Avenues for Youth is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention and intervention of youth homelessness. Since 1997, our programs and services have impacted more than 20,000 young people as they work to overcome barriers, pursue their goals, and realize their potential. From supporting basic needs like meals and counseling to providing opportunities for education, job training, employment, and housing, we meet youth where they are—and help them get where they want to go.

Our mission is to work in partnership with our community to prevent youth homelessness and provide young people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness the resources and skills needed to lead healthy, productive lives.

SNAP Benefits and Administrative Specialist
The SNAP Benefits and Administrative Specialist will work with New Avenues PAVE job training program supporting homeless and at-risk youth ages 17-24 who come from diverse cultures and backgrounds. They will connect youth to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and applicable resources, and will work with the Administration Team to support critical back office functions. The position performs weekly data entry, direct youth support, and SNAP program enrollment assistance. As a part of the PAVE team, the SNAP Benefits Specialist will help maintain a structured, supportive and safe milieu in the PAVE Career Lab and Drop-In spaces, and will collaborate with staff across New Avenues in order to create a model that provides effective, comprehensive services for program youth.

A well-qualified candidate has the ability to swiftly build trust and rapport with youth. They also possess a strong desire to foster equitable food access, work with diverse staff and youth, problem solve, and they excel in a multi-cultural environment. Group facilitation and relationship-building skills are key to a successful QVS experience.

The Fellow will join a well-structured team environment that values youth voice, equitable program access, and the adaptability needed to sustain a dynamic job training problem for young people. They will also join an agency with more than two decades of experience providing services through multiple systems of care— housing, case management, meals, drug and alcohol recovery and mental-health supports, education, job training, culturally specific LGBTQIA+ youth supports, and more annually to 1,600+ individuals experiencing homelessness and housing instability.

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.

Program Assistant:
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; Assisting with 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, including 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 just 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.

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.

 

Sierra Club, Oregon Chapter

The Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club represents the organization’s 70,000 members and supporters in Oregon and has been hard at work protecting our state’s public lands and building an unstoppable environmental movement here since 1978. Today, the Sierra Club employs five staff in Oregon who work with volunteer leaders to advance the chapter’s campaign priorities. We’re currently working on:
-Fighting for progressive carbon pricing legislation, stopping oil trains, and reducing diesel pollution in the 2019 Legislative Session.
- Stopping reckless fracked gas pipelines and export terminals, like the Jordan Cove fracked gas project in Southern Oregon.
- Protecting Oregon’s wild forests and high deserts, including the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument that's currently threatened to be downsized, and making sure public lands remain in public hands.
- Encouraging and inspiring Oregonians to get outside to explore, enjoy and protect the planet! These include outdoor hikes, service activities, community forums, and research efforts.

The Volunteer Coordinator works with volunteer leaders and staff to develop and implement programs which engage new activists, provide them training, and support them to engage effectively in a variety of chapter campaigns and activities. The Volunteer Coordinator will participate in choosing campaign priorities and likely work on a combination of clean energy, just transition, legislative, and electoral programs.

1. Works with groups and chapter leaders to develop outreach programs to identify and recruit potential volunteers, match volunteers to their areas of interest, and increase volunteer participation.
2. Maintains volunteer database and lists of volunteer openings and refers interested members to appropriate chapter campaigns and leaders.
3. Assists with the operations of the chapter office, implementing office procedures and membership services.
4. Produces content for social media, newsletters, emails and print materials to keep the Club membership and the general public informed.
5. Trains, supervises and schedules volunteers on office systems and functions.
6. Coordinates with coalition partners and outside interest groups to plan volunteer activities supporting the Club’s campaign objectives.
7. Performs miscellaneous duties as directed.

Population: The Volunteer Coordinator will work with a wide range of populations interested in the environment and activism. Our primary targets for outreach and recruitment will likely be youth, retirees, women, and people of color.

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