2019-2020 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.

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.

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

Lydia Evans

Lydia Evans is from Ann Arbor, MI and recently graduated from Earlham College in Richmond, IN. While pursuing majors in Environmental Studies and Psychology she developed an interest in spiritual ecology and a passion for interconnections between people’s health and the earth. During her time at Earlham, she worked as an educator and marketing lead for the Joseph Moore Museum of Natural History. She was also active in the musical community, where she played flute, sang in a Women’s Chorus, and was a member of the contra dance band Squirrel Jive. In her free time, she can be found reading, running, roaming the woods, or dancing.

When at home, Lydia attends the Zen Buddhist Temple of Ann Ann Arbor and at Earlham, she lived in an intentional community focused on Buddhist philosophy and mindfulness. She also enjoyed Earlham’s College Meeting for Worship and she is excited to connect more deeply with the Quaker community this year. She is thrilled to join L’Arche Portland as an Activities Coordinator and to build a living community with the other Quaker Fellows.

Leticia Kulwa Maganga

Leticia Kulwa Maganga graduated from Earlham College in May of 2019 with a degree in Psychology and an integrated pathway in Medical Humanities. Her interest in mental health is influenced largely by her experiences growing up in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She was involved with a variety of clubs at Earlham such as the Pan African Society at Earlham, Sexual Health Peer Educators, and New Measures- Earlham’s all femme acapella group. Leticia was also a research assistant with the Peer Lab at Earlham for three years where she worked closely with young children. She also served as a Resident Assistant to first-year students. After four years as a student at a Quaker institution, Leticia has come to appreciate the intentionality and tranquility that comes with incorporating Quaker principles and practices into her life. She is looking forward to working with Outside In in Portland, Oregon!

 

Meg Guzulescu

Originally from West Hartford, Connecticut, Meg Guzulescu has just graduated from Yale University with a degree in American Studies. Meg has spent college studying the transformative possibilities of public humanities and community-based care spaces and has explored related questions as a peer counselor, board member of their college’s Women’s Center, and public film programs co-curator. She loves when music, dancing, and breaking bread are a central part of what community looks/feels/tastes like, and is excited to learn about what fellow members of the PDX community imagine when they think about community. Throughout this year, Meg will be working at New Avenues for Youth.

 

 

Lydia Mansfield

Originally from the Miami, Florida area, Lydia Mansfield spent her childhood summers growing up at Opequon Quaker Camp. She is presently a member of the Tallahassee Friends Meeting and is so grateful for the support Tallahassee Friends have shown her as she’s embarked on this year of service. Lydia graduated from Florida State University with two Bachelors of Science degrees – one in Geography and one in International Affairs – and minors in Statistics, Arabic Studies, and Humanities. Interested in understanding the world experientially and empirically, Lydia also completed graduate coursework in Applied Demography where she did social research on the intergenerational impact of educational attainment on reproductive choice attitudes. She has spent the last few years working in the public sector as a GIS Analyst making maps to aid in planning, emergency management, and transportation demand management. Lydia is passionate about building strong communities and has worked as a community swim instructor, Guardian Ad Litem advocate, and political organizing fellow. Before embarking on a year of service with QVS, Lydia skated with the Tallahassee RollerGirls roller derby league and played a half-elf sorceress in Dungeons and Dragons. She enjoys coffee, piano, dance, and all the dogs. Lydia will be serving with Outside In’s Clinic as an Outreach & Enrollment Specialist.

Maria Fernanda Landin

Maria Fernanda Landin was born in Mexico City. At the age of 17, she received a scholarship to study the International Baccalaureate at the United World College of the Adriatic, in Italy. When she was there, Maria engaged in different types of social service and became passionate about social change. She recently graduated from Earlham College with a double degree in Psychology and Sociology-Anthropology. Although Maria was raised in a Catholic family, it was at Earlham where she got to know about Quakerism and became interested in Quaker Voluntary Service. She will be serving with Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility next year! 

Mariah Shriner

Mariah Shriner grew up in Portland, Oregon. In May 2018, she graduated from Macalester College in Minnesota with a degree in Anthropology, minors in American Studies and History, and a concentration in Human Rights and Humanitarianism. While in college, Mariah spent five months in Nepal, learning Nepali language and culture, and completing research on earthquake response and preparedness, which formed the basis of her senior honors’ thesis. 

Having grown up hiking, camping, and exploring the natural world, it was perhaps inevitable that Mariah turned to environmental activism in college, organizing with Fossil Free Macalester and attending COP23 in Bonn, Germany in 2017. She currently serves as Co-Hub Coordinator for Sunrise PDX, a local chapter of the Sunrise Movement, and is passionate about building community for young people who are working to create a better future for everyone.

This past spring, Mariah interned in D.C. for Oregon’s Senator Merkley where she helped with constituent correspondence and policy work, and also learned a lot of fun facts about the Capitol building to share on tours. In her free time, Mariah loves to travel, bike, garden, and just generally get outside in any way possible. She is thrilled to be back in the Pacific Northwest and loves the glorious mountain views, how green everything is, and, yes, even the rain. 

Mariah is excited to continue her involvement with climate action and delve more deeply into organizing work and environmental justice this year through her placement with the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club.

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