Work with youth

RE Teacher

RE Teachers work in a team of three to lead Sunday morning religious education classes.

Detailed Description: 
RE teachers run each of our classrooms on Sunday mornings- Chalice Children for preschoolers, Treasure Hunters for K-2nd graders, Wisdom Seekers for 3rd-5th graders, and Pathfinders for 6th-8th graders. Each teacher teaches one Sunday a month during the 9:15 service, with three teachers for each class in total. The fourth and fifth Sundays of each month are multi age Sundays lead by the Director of Family Ministry. RE Teachers receive curriculum and guidance from the DFM, and then work together to maintain consistency, find the best methods that work with those individual children, and get to know the classes. The goal of an RE Teacher is to know your kids well, establish QUUF as a place one can be their authentic self, and to explore values, community, and UUism together. The number of children in each class varies between about 4-10, depending on the year.
Service Term: 
1 year
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

Our QUUF children are integral members of our congregation. Teachers are rewarded with fun, enlightenment, and the pleasure of being in the world of young people. This role is a great position for those who are sincerely interested in young people and take joy in working with them. Effective teachers are essential to building community and trust among our young people.

Skills Needed: 

Successful teachers enjoy children, are able to establish loving boundaries, and understand the focus is on facilitating spiritual and emotional growth in our young people. Teachers must be flexible, good listeners, confidential, and willing to grow.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

Teachers must read the QUUF Safety Policy, sign appropriate documents, and agree to a background screening.

Contact Person: 
Beau Ohlgren
Contact Person Email: 
dfm@quuf.org
Ministry Team: 
# of positions available: 
5
Availability: 
Position Open
Hours per Month: 
4

OWL Teacher

OWL (Our Whole Lives) Teachers work in a team to teach sexuality education classes- levels include K-1, 5-6, and 8-9 grades.

Detailed Description: 
OWL Teachers present sexuality education to children/youth as a team for a set number of weeks in a row. The K-1 class is eight sessions (one session a week), the 5-6 class is 10 sessions, and the 8-9 class is 26 sessions. OWL Teachers receive curriculum and guidance from the DFM, training from the UUA on how to present and approach the class, and then work together to implement the class. The goal of an OWL Teacher is to know your kids well, establish QUUF as a place one can be their authentic self, and to present and explore accurate, inclusive, non-judgmental sexuality education. The number of children in each class varies between about 10-18, depending on the year.
Service Term: 
1 year
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

OWL is the best sexuality education program out there, and we are fortunate to be able to educate our children on their bodies, on making healthy choices, and on being informed about sexuality. OWL Teachers provide a vital, needed service to our community and are rewarded with fun, enlightenment, and a deep dive into important topics. This role is a great position for those who are sincerely interested in young people and in expansive health education. Effective teachers are essential to building community, knowledge, and trust among our young people.

Skills Needed: 

Successful teachers enjoy children, are able to establish loving boundaries, and understand the focus is on providing accurate information to our young people and allowing them to make their own choices. Teachers must be flexible, good listeners, confidential, and willing to grow. Teachers must be willing to work through their own thoughts and feelings around sexuality before beginning the class, and being able to leave their personal opinions and experiences to the side while working through the materials with the class.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

Teachers must read the QUUF Safety Policy, sign appropriate documents, agree to a background screening, and attend a weekend training on leading OWL.

Contact Person: 
Beau Ohlgren
Contact Person Email: 
dfm@quuf.org
Ministry Team: 
# of positions available: 
3
Availability: 
Position Open
Expected Service Opportunity Term End: 
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Hours per Month: 
10

Youth Advisor

Youth Advisors work in a team with the Director of Family Ministry (DFM) to lead Sunday evening high school youth group.

Detailed Description: 
Three youth advisers along with the DFM lead Sunday evening Youth Group from 6-8pm on a rotating basis. Two adults facilitate each evening, and generally this means each Adviser covers two Sundays/month. The number of youth in youth group varies between about 6-15 youth, depending on the year. Youth Advisors meet periodically to develop programming and decide how to best support youth leadership in crafting their own youth group experience. There are two youth conferences a year and a few overnights- some advisers attend overnights, others stick to only the Sunday night evening sessions.
Service Term: 
1 year
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

Our QUUF youth are integral members of our congregation. Advisers are rewarded with fun, enlightenment, and the pleasure of being in the world of young people. This role is a great position for those who are sincerely interested in young people and take joy in working with them. Effective Youth Advisors are essential to guiding our young people at this critical time of their life.

Skills Needed: 

Successful Youth Advisors enjoy high school youth, are able to encourage youth leadership and understand the focus is on facilitating spiritual and emotional growth in youth. Adults must be flexible, good listeners, confidential, and willing to grow.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

Youth Advisers must be at least 25 years old. They must read the QUUF Safety Policy, sign appropriate documents, and agree to a background screening.

Contact Person: 
Beau Ohlgren
Contact Person Email: 
dfm@quuf.org
Ministry Team: 
# of positions available: 
1
Availability: 
Position Filled
Hours per Month: 
6

Administrative Advisory and IT (Information Technology) Committee Chair

If you enjoy problem solving, strategic thinking, and working behind the scenes with our wonderful staff, this is the place for you.  You do not need to be a tech genius, but you do need to be interested in information technology and how to use it to support the smooth running of the fellowship.  Working closely with the Congregational Administrator, the Admin/IT Committee chair oversees and coordinates a team of skilled volunteers who look after office technology, functioning and best practices

Detailed Description: 
The Admin/IT Committee Chair is the organizing force behind the committee, which does the following: It advises and works with the Congregational Administrator to organize documents and retain records and update administrative policies. It makes decisions about IT (computers, software, office machines, etc) updates, purchases and repair.) It maintains the fellowship’s website and Wi-Fi network. It oversees office policies and best practices and takes on projects to support and improve the general office functioning. While the Admin/IT Committee interacts with the Audio Visual folks, it is not in charge of the AV functioning of the Sanctuary/Fellowship Hall.
Service Term: 
3 years
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

The Admin/IT chair and committee enjoys a warm relationship with office staff and the opportunity for developing relationships with staff, members and friends.  Working at the hub of the Fellowship, you come to understand how the Fellowship works and to connect deeply with QUUF.  This is also an opportunity to deepen your own knowledge and use your creativity and organizational skills

The Admin/IT committee provides vital, high function systems and technological infrastructure that support the Mission and Key Programs of the Fellowship.  It oversees and maintains systems and tools that bring greater productivity and effectiveness to many others in the organization.  Without this committee we would not have a redesigned website, a dependable Wi-Fi network, or highly-functional office IT system.

Skills Needed: 

Organization, collaboration and positive encouragement of a team. Sense of humor.  Good decision making, process guidance and respect for diversity and others’ ideas and skills.  Working knowledge of MS Office, Word, Excel and Access would be a plus.  Experience with IT systems, although nice, is not required.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

Hands on, one on one orientation and coaching, as desired.  Accumulated library of technical documentation; selected tutorials; Walkthrough of QUUF/Admin/Technology planning documents (strategic and tactical) and recent annual reports.

Contact Person: 
Pat Rodgers
Contact Person Email: 
pat.rodgers@sbcglobal.net
# of positions available: 
2
Availability: 
Position Filled
Hours per Month: 
8

Green Sanctuary Committee Member

The Green Sanctuary Committee informs and educates the congregation about sustainability and the care of our environment through presentations as part of the formal service, and multiple programs and activities throughout the year. 

Detailed Description: 
The purpose of the Green Sanctuary Committee is to encourage the congregation to learn about and take action to promote sustainability and care of our local to global environment through increased consciousness, lifestyle changes, community education and involvement in environmental issues at the personal, congregational, UU, local, state and federal levels. QUUF became certified as a Green Sanctuary by UU Ministry For Earth in 2009 after completing a 2- year process of educational programs, energy audits, activism and other ongoing commitments to support our 7th UU Principle: “Respect for the interdependent web of existence of which we are a part”. Our current Green Sanctuary Committee theme is Global Warming, Climate Justice and the Salish Sea, and we embrace all efforts that promote a just and sustainable community. The committee works closely with the Social Justice Council Examples of regular activities include: 1) Earth Day, celebrated with service events and musical or film programs and selection of an EcoHero from the congregation or community for recognition and an award. 2) A Harvest Festival hosted with our Religious Ed. Committee early every fall with cider pressing and squash car races, games, and a potluck dinner. 3) Other events, such as music, art in the foyer, invited talks are organized as well. Committee members tasks involve preparation for events - distributing announcements in town and to local newspaper, designing and distributing posters, selling tickets in QUUF lobby, arranging the lobby, friendship hall, sanctuary, some food layout. Tasks at the Harvest Festival include helping with car construction, judging the car races with a sharp eye, overseeing safety and sanitation at the apple pressing, testing the vintage. The committee generally meets monthly, 1.5 hours, during the church year. There are programs and events that can involve committee members for another 3 or more hours per event. The committee is open to new ideas or initiatives brought by new members and frequently supports local environmental programs initiated by other local groups, like movies, marches, letter writing campaigns, legislative outreach, and more. The committee consists of a chairperson appointed by the board as well as QUUF Members and friends and others who chose to participate. More information can be found in the Operations Manual of the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, adopted 1998, Revised May 2008, Revised and Updated July 2016, under the headings Green Sanctuary Statement and Green Sanctuary Committee.
Service Term: 
1 year
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

The committee member is introduced to a wide variety of environmental and sustainability issues through the committee meetings and activities of the committee.   The member has the opportunity to inform and involve members of the congregation in these social and educational events at a personal level and/or through community action.   These activities expand the horizons of the member beyond the usual levels of exposure to environmental issues.

Skills Needed: 

No special skills needed other than a passion for the environment.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

The committee chair, long standing committee members and QUUF liaison members provide a rich resource for volunteers to carry the activities of the GS committee.

Contact Person: 
Peg Hunter, Patrick Johnson
Contact Person Email: 
spiritbearpeg@gmail.com, patrickjohnson01@gmail.com
Ministry Team: 
# of positions available: 
Multiple
Availability: 
Position Open
Hours per Month: 
4

Membership Committee Member

The purposes of this committee are: to welcome visitors and promote new membership; to orient new members into the life of the congregation; and to enhance the retention of current members. The committee consists of a Chairperson appointed by the Board and from 6 to 10 members. The committee works closely with the Membership Coordinator and may support/assist the coordinator’s work

Detailed Description: 
General responsibilities for all Committee Members include the following: attend monthly meetings August through June; participate in discussion, decision making regarding the work of the Committee; participate in preparation for and presentation of Newcomer Orientations, New Member Sunday and other Committee sponsored events; volunteer, at least occasionally, to be a Sunday morning Greeter; model a welcoming presence among the congregation, even when not “on duty” as a Sunday morning Greeter. All Committee members share the task of making follow-up contacts with new members approximately 3 months after they join. The Membership Committee has opportunities for Team Leaders in specific areas. The Welcoming Team Leader is the Sunday Greeter Coordinator, who schedules Greeters for each Sunday service, year round (maintain a list of Greeters and substitutes, Committee members sign up at the monthly meeting, many others are “regulars”, remaining slots are filled by phone or email; recruit when necessary). Each Monday this team leader provides QUUF office with names of Greeters for the next Sunday. The Note Writer' s goal is to stir a sense of belonging among all members by making personal contacts. We will initiate this program in August 2017 by writing short, welcoming and thoughtful notes to members who have belonged the longest. We are seeking a lead Note Writer will collaborate with the Membership Coordinator to determine to whom and when notes will be sent. The Connecting Team Leader organizes the team in its work. In collaboration with the Membership Committee Chair, the ministers and the Membership Coordinator the Connecting Team Leader assists in organizing, preparing for and conducting Newcomer Orientations as needed (traditionally held in fall, winter and spring). The Engaging in Congregational Life Team Leader assists the Membership Committee Chair and Membership Coordinator with myriad details accompanying the New Member Sundays. This team leader also takes the lead in getting all Committee members involved in follow-up contacts for new members and collaborates with the Ministers and Membership Coordinator to develop ways to increase and enhance new member’s sense of belonging.
Service Term: 
3 years
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

Interact with and add to the enrichment of, newcomers, friends and members of the QUUF community. You have the opportunity to be a part of the first line of interaction and assist in furthering the spiritual, intellectual and social growth of friends, members and self.

Skills Needed: 

A desire to meet and interact with people. Good organizational and communication skills. Flexibility is important in order to work with other committee members and as a part of the various groups at QUUF. Ability to manage your own time and also meet the needs of the fellowship.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

The Membership Chair provides assistance along the way.

Contact Person: 
Judy McCutchen
Contact Person Email: 
judy@eagleroost.net
# of positions available: 
2
Availability: 
Position Open
Service Opportunity Filled By: 
Judy McCutchen
Hours per Month: 
2