2018-19 Site Placements (click on any logo for more information)
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.
•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 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 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.
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 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!
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There are many ways for Friends to get involved and support ongoing QVS Portland program. Thank you!
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.
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