Volunteer Opportunities with Friends
Following are a variety of opportunities to do volunteer service with Friends organizations. We do not have the staffing to update these listings as often as we would like, so please double check the information with the sponsoring organization. We welcome receiving updates and corrections at: email@example.com.
Quaker Voluntary Service
Quaker Voluntary Service is excited to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2013-2014 program year for sites in Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Portland.
Young adults are encouraged to apply for this yearlong program and will be placed in one of our three cities. Participants will live in a Quaker intentional community, serve full-time with local community organizations, participate in a dynamic program exploring the growing edges of the Quaker Way, and receive support from QVS and local Friends meetings and churches. We are partnering with many dynamic organizations in each city where QVS volunteers will work. To see descriptions of our current placements in Atlanta, click here: Atlanta 2012-2013 Site Placements. We will keep you updated as future sites are confirmed.
For more information and to apply, please see: www.quakervoluntaryservice.org/apply.
Applications are due by March 15, 2013.
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
The AFSC is a Quaker organization which includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the Quaker belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. For more information about the AFSC, its many programs, and volunteer and service opportunities offered within various regions throughout the country, see the AFSC website at http://www.afsc.org/. The AFSC has periodic volunteer service opportunities available at its national headquarters in Philadelphia and in its regional U.S. offices -- but not at its locations outside the United States.
Information about volunteering with AFSC is posted at: http://www.afsc.org/jobs/ht/d/sp/i/46346/pid/46346/TPL/Jobs/displaytype/raw.
Amigas del Señor Monastery for Women (Limón, Colón, Honduras)
Amigas del Señor Monastery for Women is a monastery practicing in the forms of Methodists and Quakers, located in the foothills near the Caribbean Sea in Limón, Colón, Honduras. They seek other women to join them in a life of prayer and service. Sister Alegría, formerly known as Beth Blodgett, is a pediatrician who founded the monastery in 2006. She has been connected with Multnomah Monthly Meeting (Quaker) in Portland, Oregon for twelve years.
Accepting Aspirants and Sojourners
- Help strengthen this small monastic community. One year minimum commitment.
- All at the monastery receive spiritual formation, food, shelter, clothing, the necessities (no stipend paid, no fees charged).
- Full participation in the life of the monastery. No doctrinal requirements. Current sisters are Methodists and Friends.
- Semi-immersion Spanish language.
- Rustic living: No electricity, cook on traditional woodburning clay stove, use dry compost toilet.
- Sustainability: Simplicity, material poverty, organic agriculture, community interdependence.
- Prayer is the Point: Programmed and Unprogrammed Worship, mindfulness, music, study, meditation in nature.
- Living in the Light. Spiritually sharing in a "Covenant of Caring" with Multnomah Monthly Meeting (Quaker) in Portland, Oregon.
Sister Alegría (Beth Blodgett)
Amigas del Señor
Limón, Colón, Honduras
by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, see our web letters: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/amigasdelsenor/
A Quaker Presence, Philadelphia
A Quaker Presence presents many aspects of 18th century Quaker life and place in history -- the "peaceable" testimony, the connections between Quakers and slavery and its abolition, 18th century games, and such activities as quill pen making and writing -- and interprets the Religious Society of Friends then and now to those attending events, such as battle re-enactments and community and site festivals. We welcome inquiries, comments, suggestions, and most of all, your participation. For more information, contact: Steve Gulick, 2211 Bainbridge St, Philadelphia 19146, Phone: (215) 732-8137, e-mail: email@example.com.
ARC Retreat Center, located in the pine woods of central Minnesota 55 miles north of Minneapolis/St. Paul, invites inquiries from individuals or couples interested in joining an intentional community of 5-6 full-time resident volunteers. Community members welcome guests on retreat and share the routine work of hospitality: cooking, cleaning, maintenance, gardening, woodcutting. Shared worship, meals, and other communal activities contribute to building fulfilling relationships. Room and board are provided for short-term stays of as little as a week; stipend and health insurance, negotiated based on need, are offered to those willing to make a longer term commitment. Visit www.arcretreat.org for more information. Call or email Director Jan Wiersma at 763-689-3540 or firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
Ben Lomond Quaker Center, California
The Ben Lomond Quaker Center is a self-service conference and retreat center on 80 acres of redwood forest located 2 hours south of San Francisco and 20 minutes outside of Santa Cruz. See www.quakercenter.org/.
Residential Internship in Non-Profit Organization
at Ben Lomond Quaker Center, a retreat and conference center near Santa Cruz, California. Flexible term. Great opportunity to grow spiritually and work in all areas of this Quaker non-profit. Mountains, redwoods, housing, stipend, and benefits provided. Applications for the 2010-2011 year will be sought in spring 2010. See www.quakercenter.org/Pages/AboutUsPages/InternshipAd.html.
- Other events may be listed on the schedule at www.quakercenter.org/Pages/ProgramPages/ProgramSchedule.html.
Bolivian Quaker Education Fund (BQEF)
Bolivia's 30,000 indigenous Friends constitute the third largest Quaker population in the world. Isolated and impoverished, they are eager for fellowship with Friends in the UK and USA, as well as for support. Schooling for indigenous Bolivians was illegal until 1952, so even Quaker schools were clandestine at first. Education is a high priority for Bolivian Quakers, who have founded their own schools, and many young Quakers who lack resources have both the desire and the qualification for higher education. BQEF and its programs, developed with Bolivian Quakers, respond to these AmerIndian aspirations. See www.bqef.org. Spanish-speaking Friends have found or created volunteer opportunities serving these projects. They are described on the "Volunteer Opportunities" link from the above website.
Canadian Friends Service Committee (CFSC).
The Canadian Friends Service Committee acts on the peace and social justice concerns of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Canada. Its work is built on the foundation of Quaker belief that there is value and the essence of God in every person, and is dedicated to peace, equality and simplicity. See: http://quakerservice.ca/.
Christian Peacemaker Teams
Initiated by Mennonites, Brethren and Quakers with broad ecumenical participation, CPT’s ministry of Biblically-based and spiritually-centered peacemaking empasizes creative public witness, nonviolent direct action and protection of human rights. Delegations currently are being sent to the U.S. border in Arizona, Colombia, Iraq, Kenora/Asubpeeschoseewagong (Grassy Narrows, Ontario), Israel/Palestine, and Congo. Regional groups have been formed in Cleveland, Colorado, Manitoba, Northern Indiana, Ontario, the Upper Midwest and United Kingdom. Other locally-based projects include prayer vigils, a campaign for secure dwelling in Hebron, in which partner groups can be formed in congregations; and a campaign for locally organizing against violent toys. Christian Peacemaker Teams currently has year-round projects in Hebron, West Bank, and in Richmond, VA, and is exploring setting up one in Chiapas, Mexico. Volunteers may also participate in short-term teams (delegations) to these and other sites. For more information, see http://cpt.org/participate/delegation or contact:
Friends Centre, Auckland, AOTEAROA-NEW ZEALAND
Auckland Friends Centre, situated next door to Mt. Eden Friends Meeting House, is about 3km from Auckland city centre. It is used for a variety of activities by local Friends, including a mid-week Meeting for Worship followed by a shared meal, and occasional discussion groups and committee meetings. It also accommodates visitors as a guest house. See: http://www.quaker.org.nz/contact/auckland-friends-centre
Periodically, the Friends Centre seeks Resident Friends to serve a voluntary one-year stint to look after and maintain the Friends Centre. See the site above for information about how to apply.
FCNL is a Quaker lobby in the public interest that seeks to bring the concerns, experiences, and testimonies of the Religious Society of Friends to bear on policy decisions in the nation's capital. See www.fcnl.org.
Volunteer: FCNL needs volunteers to power thier grassroots outreach; making phone calls to activists in important congressional districts; join their list of phone bankers by sending an email to email@example.com. See information at http://fcnl.org/about/jobs/volunteer/.
Friends Disaster Service
Primarily responds to natural disasters with cleanup and rebuilding assistance. Focuses primarily on situations in the eastern, midwest, and southern United States. Volunteers who wish to participate must be pre-registered through a participating monthly meeting and have flexibility. Participating units or monthly meetings need to have a fax number or e-mail contact. At the time of disaster response, time does not permit communicating with individuals. If one or more monthly meetings wish to join together to become a unit of FDS, please write to the national office for a handbook of instruction. Friends Disaster Service networks and cooperates with other national organizations through N.V.O.A.D. (National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster). FDS also cooperates with and enjoys a Statement of Understanding with the National American Red Cross. Correspondence should be directed to:
Friends Disaster Service
EFC-ER Office World Outreach Center
5350 Broadmoor Circle N.W.
Canton, Ohio 44709
Phone: (330) 493-1660
In other regions, contact:
- North Carolina YM: 4811 Hilltop Rd ., Greensboro, NC 27407. Phone: 336-292-6957; www.ncym-fum.org;
- Wilmington YM - Ohio: 251 Ludovic Street Wilmington, Ohio 45177. phone: 800-383-4319; http://www.geocities.com/wilmingtonquaker/;
- Wilmington YM - Tennessee: P.O. Box 175, Friendsville, TN 37737. Phone: (423) 995-2112;
- Western YM: 203 S. East Street, P.O. Box 70, Plainfield, IN 46168 . Phone: 317-839-2789 ; http://www.westernym.net/;
- Tri State: 1737 SE Hwy 66, Riverton, KS 66770. Phone: (316) 848-3211;Oklahoma: Route 1 Box 175A, Agra, OK 74824. Phone: (405) 258-2126;
- Texas Area: 925 Walker, League City, TX 77573. Phone: (281) 332-6631;
- Rocky Mountain: 3057 W. Scott Place, Denver, CO 80211. Phone: (303) 477-1921. (11/03)
Friends for a Non-Violent World, Minneapolis, MN
Friends for a Non-Violent World, Minneapolis, MN. This program promotes non-violence through educational opportunities, resources experiences, and support for individuals, communities and the larger society. Volunteer opportunities include workshop facilitation, fundraising, office help, food preparation, marketing, newsletter editing, and program organizing. Contact:
Friends Healthcare Community
is a small, nonprofit CCRC in Yellow Springs, OH. It includes nursing beds, assisted living, independent cottages and apartments. See http://friendshealthcare.org/. Volunteer opportunities include: Office work; Nursing; Activities; Meal time assistance; and other things.
Friends Hospital, Philadelphia
Friends Hospital, founded by Quakers in 1813, is the nation’s first private psychiatric hospital. See www.friendshospitalonline.org.
The Thomas Scattergood Foundation at Friends Hospital is a charitabile, educational, and scientific organization focusing on behavioral health, wellness, and education for the Philadelphia region and beyond. Additionally, the Foundation serves as an historic repository for mental health archives and artifacts of the Religious Society of Friends (Friends). Volunteers are needed to assist with events like the Gardening with Friends cleanup of the campus of Friends Hospital and to run the Friendly Cupboard Gift Shop located in Friends Hospital (a provider of gifts, novelties, snacks and reading material for patients, staff and visitors). Call 215-831-3000.
- The Family Resource Center is in need of consumer volunteers to answer the phone, talk and listen to patients and families, inform persons about support groups, self-help groups, coping skills workshops and other resources. Volunteers must be friendly, upbeat, good listeners and helpful.
Also needed are consumers who can be trained as motivational speakers for inpatients and outpatients at Friends Hospital. These volunteers must be comfortable speaking in front of groups and be able to share their own experiences with psychiatric illness and recovery.
All volunteers receive orientation and training. Flexible hours are available. Interested volunteers may contact Maria Operacz, Family Resource Center Director at 215-831-4894 on Thursdays.
Friends Journal, Philadelphia
Friends Journal is an independent, monthly magazine serving the Religious Society of Friends. See www.friendsjournal.org.
Internships: Friends Journal accepts applications for internships on an ongoing basis. Internships can be completed at any point in the year, and internships can be customized to meet individual needs. No stipends or housing arrangements can be provided.
In an effort to make the internship a good, quality experience for each intern, staff works with interns to customize their learning experience and tailor the program to meet their individual interests. While primarily editorial in nature, interns will be exposed to all aspects of publishing a small magazine and can receive work experience in additional departments such as layout or marketing. For more information, see: www.friendsjournal.org/about/interns.html.
Friends Peace Center, San Jose, Costa Rica
The Friends' Peace Center founded in 1983 promotes understanding of international peace, social justice, and ecological issues. It is located next to Casa Ridgway, a guest house. See www.amigosparalapaz.org.
Volunteers caretaker-hosts are needed to reside on site to assist with general responsibilities and hospitality and to act as the Quaker presence for the visitors and the bridge to the Center activities next door. The work schedule will allow time for some travel and weekday activities. It is better if one knows Spanish, but most everything can be handled without it. The minimum length of stay is 4 weeks, but the longer the commitment, the better. The busiest tourist season is Dec-March and the slowest are April- May and Sep-Nov; however, any time of the year is appropriate for a volunteer. The Peace Center also requires administrative and programmatic support. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friends Peace Teams
Friends Peace Teams (FPT) is a Spirit-led organization working to develop long-term relationships with communities in conflict around the world to create programs for peace building, healing and reconciliation. FPT’s programs build on extensive Quaker experience combining practical and spiritual aspects of grassroots peace building. As of spring 2012, we have three Initiatives:
- The African Great Lakes Initiative works in Burundi, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya and Uganda
- Peacebuilding en las Americas works in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Colombia
- Asia W. Pacific works in Indonesia (Aceh, North Sumatra and Java), Singapore, Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand
We welcome volunteers with a wide range of ages, skills and availability. We consult with our partners regarding their needs, and also organize group and individual travel to visit or work with partners, delegations, workcamps and other activities. Volunteers may also support FPT by joining the Working Groups for each Initiative, representing their Yearly Meetings on the FPT Council, donating for the work, and in other ways. All volunteers who travel internationally are expected to have a Clearness process with their Monthly Meeting or other faith group, and encouraged to have an ongoing support group, for spiritual and perhaps logistical and financial support.
Friends United Meeting (FUM)
Friends United Meeting (www.fum.org) is an international association of Friends (Quaker) organized for effective Christian ministry. Founded in 1902, FUM includes 20 yearly meetings (regional associations of Friends), and affiliated organizations, and sponsors ministries in Kenya, Belize, Cuba, Jamaica, Palestine, Russian, ministries and Chicago. Periodic work teams visit mission sites for projects usually lasting one to two weeks. Transportation and basic expenses are paid by the volunteers. For a listing, see: www.fum.org/worldmissions/workteams/2006workteams.htm.
Get Away Give Away (GAGA)
A ministry to the people of Baja and Sonora, Mexico. In cooperation with the Mexican government, GAGA builds homes for the homeless or for families with inadequate housing and no wage earners. This is a program for groups or teams (not individuals) from religious entities within the USA. GAGA paves the way for projects and then provides a video of potential sites and an operations manual with detailed directions about how a group can proceed to organize its missions trip. At the site youth and other participants have an opportunity to participate in every aspect of building the 320-square-foot houses and in various types of building assistance to local churches. Vacation Bible schools are often provided by the participants for the children in the region and usually touch the lives of 30-90 children. Participants share a meal and worship with the local church body and try to immerse themselves in the community while there. Care is taken to assist in a given location for only two years, so that the economy of the community will not become dependent upon outside resources. For the spring of 1999, GAGA drew together 20 churches for trips to Mexico to provide support and labor for church building projects. Summer trips are available in the Tijuana area. For more information, contact:
GAGA, Eugene Friends Church
3495 W. 18th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97402
Phone: (541) 345-8054
Internships in Long Term Care. Kendal Corporation provides long term care for seniors. Designed for graduate students who are interested in gerontology or geriatrics, internships in long term care are offered 4 times a year by the Kendal Corporation to develop leadership in the field of serving older adults. For more information, contact:
Leap Confronting Conflict, ENGLAND
Leap was founded in 1987 to examine the causes and the alternatives to conflict and violence through drama, theatre, and group work. Formerly associated with the Leaveners (Quaker Community Arts Project), Leap became an independent charity in England in 1999 -- a national voluntary youth organisation developing peer mediation and leadership training for young people at risk. Their flyer, "Volunteering, Training & Development", describes several short-term volunteer and training opportunities. For more information, contact:
8 Lennox Road
London N4 3NW
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7272 5630
Peace Brigades International
Peace Brigades International has projects in Guatemala, the Philippines, Columbia, Haiti and North America; sends delegations to these sites; and offers nonviolence training. For more information, contact:
Pendle Hill, Pennsylvania -- Youth-Young Adult Opportunities. Pendle Hill, Wallingford, Pennsylvania -- full-time, year-round job opportunities. Pendle Hill, the Quaker Center for Study and Contemplation outside of Philadelphia, offers semester-long residential programs, weekend and week-long courses for adults, and summer programs for young adult leaders. Maintains bookstore and publishes pamphlets and books. Leads national forum on religion and social issues. Applications welcomed from all who share Pendle Hill's principles, regardless of religious affiliation, race, national origin, or sexual orientation. For more information or for job descriptions and applications, contact:
338 Plush Mill Road
Wallingford, PA 19086
Phone: (610) 566-4507, ext. 131
fax: (610) 566-3679
email - email@example.com
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
PYM is both an organization and a faith community which supports the work and worship of Friends and their meetings in the eastern half of Pennsylvania, central and southern New Jersey, all of the state of Delaware, and parts of the Maryland Shore. It provides members and meetings and the public at large with a range of important services. Current volunteer opportunities are:
Volunteer Greeters at Arch Street Meeting House
Help welcome visitors on weekdays at PYM's meetinghouse in Philadelphia's Historic District.
PYM Standing Committees
PYM needs you! There is great work being done by the Yearly Meeting working groups. But people are always needed to serve as adminstrators of that work. This requires special gifts of time and experience. But the rewards are great. There is a process that the Nominating Committee goes through to find people for standing committees. You must be a member of a Monthly Meeting in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and have experience with Quaker discernment practices. Though you might not be asked to serve on a standing committee, the Nominating Committee might suggest you join one of our many working groups.
Looking for more people to serve on the Web Working Group. The WWG meets via conference calls usually on the third Tuesday evening of each month. If you are a member or attender of a Meeting within Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and have some web based technical expertise and would like to volunteer a few hours a month helping with the site, or would like to help with discerning and developing the policies of the PYM website, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, contact:
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting - Projects and Services: Information and Referral
1515 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
For information about specific volunteer opportunities with PYM programs, see their jobs and services webpage at: http://www.pym.org/pm/jobs.php
Powell House, Old Chatham NY: needs all kinds of stuff. Powell House is the conference and retreat center for NYYM. Their mission for all ages is to foster the spiritual growth of Friends and others and to strengthen the application of Quaker testimonies in the world. Sign up for the Youth Program Conference, Phone: (518) 794-8811, email address: Liseli@powellhouse.org
Pro-Nica is a service project of Southeastern Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). The work is accomplished by a core of people, of many different religious beliefs, who are concerned over the international exploitation of Nicaraguan people and resources, and wish to respond to that concern in practical and constructive ways. The mission of Pro-Nica is to support programs by and for Nicaraguans which are aimed at improving the well being of marginalized people in Nicaragua. We seek ways and means to assist social/economic development projects, recognizing that these need to: be self-help projects which hold promise for grass-roots growth, arise from Nicaraguan needs and tradition, and provide not only for survival but also for empowerment. Pro-Nica's priorities focus on community cohesiveness & economic development, health, education, agriculture/environment, & women's empowerment. The organization supports a wide variety of programs in Nicaragua: for example, women's health clinics, libraries, an acupuncture and natural herb medicine clinic, rural agricultural cooperatives, an orphanage for Managua's street children, a cultural center, and a fisher-women's project. Volunteer placements are available to work with Pro-Nica's project partners in a variety of locations throughout Nicaragua. Some Spanish is necessary. In Managua, volunteers can stay, at a reduced fee, at Quaker House, a hospitality center; home stays can also be arranged in other parts of the country. Matches are made according to the volunteer's abilities and interests. A lengthy volunteer application must be completed and letters of reference submitted. A minimum of a three-month service is expected. The web site, http://www.ProNica.org, is under construction and, when completed, will contain volunteer information. For more information, contact:
Quaker Bolivia Link
An organization with offices in Norwich (UK) and California (US), QBL works do address poverty in Bolivia through agricultural, water, and other projects. See www.qbl.org. Can sometimes use volunteers fluent in Spanish with medical or engineering skills in Bolivia. Volunteers in other locations wanted for translating, fundraising, and consultation assistance. See www.qbl.org/ps.volunteer.cfm.
(QEB) is looking for two additional members of its Quaker Eco-Bulletin Team.
The QEB Team publishes Quaker Eco-Bulletin six times a year, distributed via
e-mail and as an insert in BeFriending Creation, the newsletter of Quaker
Each issue of QEB is a four-page article on government and/or corporate
policy as it relates to the ecosystems that sustain us and the economic
system under which we live. The QEB Team recruits authors, edits the
articles, and produces the final layout. The 15th of each odd numbered month
is the author's deadline for a first draft. The team then works with the
author on editing and layout to meet a publication deadline of the 15th of
the even numbered months. With three or four team members there is
flexibility if one member is not available for a particular issue. If you are
interested in giving the QEB editorial team a try and/or have questions about
what is involved, please email the current QEB Team leader Judy Lumb; email:
Quaker Experiential Service and Training (QUEST), Seattle, WA
QUEST, a project of University Friends Meeting (Quakers) in Seattle, *seeks young adults -- both Quaker and non-Quaker -- to work as interns in social service agencies in Seattle.* Recent placements have included organizations working in homeless shelters and in homeless newspaper project, legal advocacy for immigrants, work in a domestic abuse shelter, environmental protection, pedestrian/cyclist advocacy, and peace education. One-year minimum commitment required, starting just before labor day and ending the following August. Private room in 6 person community house, shared food budget, health insurance, modest stipend, enrichment funds, mentorship and training provided. AmeriCorps education awards and student loan deferment available. Program emphasizes community service, skill building, living simply and communally, non-violent conflict resolution, social justice and equality. Couples or individuals may apply. Applications due March 1st. For details write to:
Quaker Peace & Service (QPS), UNITED KINGDOM
QPS, part of Britain Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, has a regional programme working principally in east and southern Africa, the Middle East, the Indian sub-continent, and eastern Europe; an international conciliation programme; and a programme supporting peace education and action in Britain. QPS offers a one-year programme which aims to provide people with learning experiences and a two-year programme which seeks to attract skilled professionals. For more information, contact:
Quaker Peace & Service, Personnel
Britain Yearly Meeting
173-177 Euston Road
London NW1 2BJ
Phone: 011 44 171-663-1000
fax: 011 44 171-663-1001
web address: http://www.quaker.org.uk
Seeking volunteer editorial assistance. Applicants need some journalism or writing experience. Position requires some writing as well as gathering information for the magazine. Interested applicants contact
Quaker Voluntary Action (QVA)
Manchester, United Kingdom. QVA is the successor organization to Quaker International Social Projects (QISP) as of 1 September, 1999. QVA's aim is to provide practical and spiritual Quaker input through volunteers to areas of need in the UK and Europe. The objective is to respond to local community needs (closely working together with Quaker meetings/individual Friends) through the provision of short, medium, and long-term volunteers. Non-UK and/or non-Quaker persons need to check whether QVA is recruiting outside the UK, and/or outside the Religious Society of Friends. Contact
Quaker Voluntary Service
Quaker Voluntary Service equips the work and witness of Friends by providing support to a network of Quaker service communities. We support this network by providing centralized access to information about projects, and we assist in the creation and distribution of resources for program development and vocational discernment. We assist with recruitment of potential volunteers and outreach to service partners, help with fundraising and organizational development, and support the creation of new service houses and other service opportunities.
Stapeley in Germantown, Philadelphia
Stapeley in Germantown, 6300 Greene Street, Philadelphia 19144: Stapeley is an accredited continuing care retirement community founded in 1904, by Quaker Philanthropist, Anna T. Jeanes. Our mission is to provide quality care without regard to religious, ethnic or racial background in an environment guided by Quaker principles. Stapeley welcomes you to a volunteer program that strives to match volunteers with available opportunities. All participants receive a general orientation and appropriate training for the position they accept. Available opportunities may or may not include: joining our residents for musical activity, trips and outings, and friendly visits that include reading, walking, assistance with letter writing. Opportunities for clerical support exist in departments throughout the community. Please contact:
The Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
- The Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation along with Friends Hospital will have an exhibit again this year at the Flower Show. This year our exhibit is entitled, "Scattered Light", and is designed by Vivianne Englund-Callahan of Burke Brothers Landscape Contractors, Inc. The exhibit features one of the sculptures from our grounds and will be the focal point of the display. The exhibit contains elements of sun, light and air intended to symbolize the therapeutic effects of nature. The design includes a reflecting pool with a sparkling light dome, gardens of sunflowers, and sunlight rays made from flowers and glass. Various spaces throughout the exhibit will represent cool and warm colors and reflections.
Twin Rocks Friends Camp
Twin Rocks will offer summer camps for youths, families, or adults in Summer 2009. Volunteers have always been at the heart of Twin Rocks Friends Camp. Since its inception in 1918, the camp has received hundreds of thousands of volunteer labor hours. Each year, Twin Rocks' success is contingent upon the generosity of dozens of volunteers in numerous key roles: Cabin counselors, kitchen staff, board members, maintenance workers, building contractors, office staff, and others.. Website: www.twinrocks.org Phone: (503) 355-2284 Email: email@example.com
- Volunteer Opportunities: There are options of Summer Camp volunteering as a counselor or youth camp leader, volunteering in camp operations and support. Twin Rocks is always looking for people who are willing to come and stay a few days, a week, or more, and work alongside our year-round staff with repair and maintenance, deep cleaning, office assistance and maybe quick "turnovers" in housekeeping. They are also looking for larger groups (youth groups, men's, women's, etc) to help out with landscaping, painting, small construction projects, clearing trails, yard work, wood splitting, beach cleanup, etc. More Info Here.
- Christian Camp Internship: Twin Rocks offers a one year Internship Program that provides a flexible experience blending your needs with those of Twin Rocks Friends Camp. Specialized areas of concentration enable an Intern to focus on one or more areas of interest. More Info Here.
- Servant and Leadership Training (SALT): Twin Rocks seeks to invest in the lives of their part-time, year-round high school employees so they have a better understanding of what it means to apply their faith at work. More Info Here.
William Penn House, Washington, DC
Internship. The William Penn House (WPH) is a Quaker seminar and hospitality center five blocks from the halls of Congress in Washington, DC. Its mission is to provide a setting for Friends and others concerned with the development of spiritual values and a bridge between those values and pressing domestic and international concerns. WPH is best known for the seminar programs we provide for groups from schools, colleges and universities, monthly meetings, and other organizations. Interns sought for 9-12 month commitments. For more information, contact:
Woodbrooke is a residential study centre for adult religious education run by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Birmingham, England. We run a variety of courses, which may last for a weekend, a week, a term (11 weeks) or longer. See: http://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/woodbrooke/
Gardening Friends (Volunteers)
We are still pleased to receive offers of short term help from individuals to help develop and care for our beautiful gardens from April to November 2009. Please contact our gardener Steve Lock for more information firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Service Opportunities Project (YSOP) New York and Washington DC
YSOP is an organization with a national reputation for providing high-quality volunteer service experiences for young people. Started in 1983 by Quakers, YSOP’s work has two unique features. First, we use high school and college students as volunteers to help meet the needs of homeless and hungry people locally in New York City and Washington DC. Secondly, through YSOP’s Workcamp program, we help schools and church groups engage students in service. By having our students interact with the city’s needy people, we hope the volunteers’ perspectives will be broadened and they will continue to participate in service activities as they become adults. YSOP offers Overnight Workcamps, Weeklong Workcamp Projects and Service Days. For more information, please contact:
YSOP Overnight Workcamps combine hands-on service to adults and children in need with education on the community’s issues and discussion and reflection on the service work. Each Workcamp brings together 20 to 30 young people. The YSOP Workcamp experience involves living in a simple manner. Participants sleep in sleeping bags on the floor, eat simple meals and do without showers. Simple living gives the students a small glimpse of how homeless people live and helps them empathize with those they have come to serve.
YSOP also offers weeklong Service Workcamps for young people during vacation periods throughout the school year and summer. These Workcamps offer young people exposure to various sites in different neighborhoods in New York City and Washington DC and opportunity for deeper understanding and reflection of the issues surrounding hunger and homelessness. Several of the evenings are left free for students to relax and explore New York City and Washington DC.
For groups that are unable to commit the time required for an Overnight Workcamp or weeklong Service Workweek, but still want the introduction to service and reflection, YSOP offers Service Days.
Adult volunteers are needed to assist with workcamps as adult mentors or to serve as interns. Interns assist in all facets of YSOP’s work, including evaluation of agencies for workcamp sites, workcamp preparation, fundraising, administration and participation. Interns must provide their own accommodations and financial support. AmeriCorps Education Awards are available.
Other Important Web-Sites for Quaker Volunteer Opportunities
For more information about many of the programs above -- plus others not mentioned on this page, see the following:
- Quaker Service: Renewing Our Commitment to the Future by Friends Bulletin. Covers mostly western United States projects. web address: http://www.quaker.org/fb/quakes/.