Social Justice

Includes Social Justice Council, Green Sanctuary, Designated Offerings, Homeless Shelter, Denominational Affairs

Leader Habitat for Humanity action group

QUUF partners with Habitat for Humanity to help build affordable housing in east Jefferson county. This position acts as the liaison between QUUF and Habitat for Humanity and is part of the Social and Environmental Justice council..

Detailed Description: 
Represent QUUF on HFH's interfaith relations council which meets bimonthly for one hour. at the HFH office. Communicate with QUUF members regarding HFH's needs for volunteers, group builds, providing treats for workers, etc.. Work with HFH staff to plan and organize 1 or 2 QUUF or interfaith builds each year.
Service Term: 
2 years
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

Habitat for Humanity is an organization which is actively building affordable housing. Recipients participate in building their own and other's houses in order to build up "sweat equity." It is very rewarding to work alongside housing recipients, volunteers from other faith communities, and the HFH staff. QUUF has many people who enjoy working with other members and friends during special QUUF and/or interfaith builds. These builds also bring us closer as a community and help us to build connections with people from other faith communities. This job is not a time-consuming one, but can make a big difference by connecting QUUF members with other people working for affordable housing.

Skills Needed: 

Communication, interpersonal skills.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

I have held this position for many years and will be available to help the volunteer learn this job. Other members of the Interfaith Relations Council, who are liaisons in their own churches, are also sources of information and support. Other QUUF members who are active HFH volunteers are also a source of support.

Contact Person: 
Diane Bommer
Contact Person Email: 
dianebommer@gmail.com
Ministry Team: 
# of positions available: 
1
Availability: 
Position Open
Hours per Month: 
1

Animal Action Group Member

QAA members advocate for the health and well being of all sentient creatures and their habitats.  

Detailed Description: 
QAA members advocate for the health and well being of all sentient creatures and their habitats. QAA endeavors to address the issues of the extinction crisis, climate crisis and animal cruelty. We believe in and actively support the inherent worth and dignity of all individual beings. This group is for anyone who wants to deepen understanding of other species, their habitats as well as support each other in our efforts and relationship to the greater-than-human world.
Service Term: 
1 year
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

QUUAM members provide a service to QUUF congregation in education and raising awareness about all species and the environment, thereby helping to change the social and world dynamics of human relationships that are helping or harming our planet. We deepen our relationships with each other in this action group as well as by working with other QUUF members and friends, and the greater community.

Skills Needed: 

The main skill needed is the love of other species and each other. In our Action Group Covenant we emphasize openness and loving communication - “We believe the shifting paradigm from human dominance to a reverence for all life is key to healing the world. Growing our skills and capacity for compassionate communication, we will act in ways that nourish one another and support our multi-species communities.” Other skills are WELCOMED and appreciated and can be utilized - we are a new and growing group needing the multi-skilled diversity of many members.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

No training or requirements. If one goes on a field trip or volunteers as part of this group, the obvious “at your own risk”  applies.

Contact Person: 
Polly Thurston
Contact Person Email: 
ptravennest@hotmail.com
Ministry Team: 
# of positions available: 
Multiple
Availability: 
Position Open
Hours per Month: 
5

W.A.V.E. Food Drive Coordinator for QUUF

The W.A.V.E. Food Drive is a county wide project administered by the Jefferson County Ministerial Association. The QUUF Coordinator promotes and manages food collection at QUUF.

Detailed Description: 
In mid September the minister relays information from the Ministerial Association. The QUUF Coordinator publicizes the Food Drive in the Weekly Update and Sunday bulletin. He or she coordinates with the religious educator so families receive special notification. A collection spot is developed, usually in the breezeway between the RE Building and the Fellowship Hall. The QUUF Coordinator, stores food as it arrives all month. The last Monday in October the food and checks are delivered to the Food Bank warehouse.
Service Term: 
Less than 3 months
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

It is wonderful to be a part of an Inter-faith project. QUUF is known as a generous congregation, and that is a good feeling.
It isn't a big job, and it is a simple one, with the concrete results of feeding people in our community.

Skills Needed: 

Organizational skills, moderately strong back or willingness to recruit, presence in PT for October, small about of writing required.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

For the past 25 years Kathy Stevenson, our religious educator has been the coordinator. She will happily train and support the new person. There is the physical need to lift bags and boxes of food, so some strength is needed.

Contact Person: 
Beau Olhgren
Contact Person Email: 
dreoffice@quuf.org
Ministry Team: 
# of positions available: 
1
Availability: 
Position Open
Expected Service Opportunity Term End: 
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Hours per Month: 
8

Giving Tree Coordinator

Giving Tree Coordinator manages this short-term project which provides gifts for special needs children.

Detailed Description: 
Giving Tree project is QUUF’S participation in the Wyatt Project, which provides Christmas gifts to special needs children in Jefferson and Clallam counties. The Project is guided by two people who work together to coordinate the program. The Giving Tree Coordinator is responsible for creating a Giving Tree in the Fellowship Hall, with gift tags to hang on the tree for each child. She or he places a table by the tree for volunteers to explain the project and collect money from those who prefer to donate rather than buy a gift. The position also entails fiinding folks to staff the table before and after both services for approximately 4-5 Sundays prior to Christmas, placing notices in the Weekly Updates, and maintaining contact with Jenelle DeMatteo, the founder and overall coordinator of the Wyatt Project.
Service Term: 
Less than 3 months
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

This is a wonderful, heartening opportunity to help children with special needs.  Those who benefit most, of course, are all the kids!

Skills Needed: 

An effective coordinator will be well-organized and enjoy working with people.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

Help is always available from folks who have done this before. Office staff is very supportive.

Contact Person: 
Marcia Coleman
Contact Person Email: 
mcoleman@mcn.org
Ministry Team: 
# of positions available: 
1
Availability: 
Position Filled
Service Opportunity Filled By: 
Marcia Coleman
Date Filled: 
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Expected Service Opportunity Term End: 
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Hours per Month: 
4

Giving Tree Theatre Fundraiser Coordinator

Oversee fundraising evening at the Key City Theatre in early December.

Detailed Description: 
The Giving Tree is QUUF’S participation in the Wyatt Project, which provides Christmas gifts to special needs children in Jefferson and Clallam counties. The Giving Tree Project is guided by the Giving Tree Coordinator, whereas the Theatre Fundraiser Coordinator helps by overseeing a popular fundraising evening at the Key City Theatre in early December. This entails contacting Key City Theatre, setting a date, coordinating volunteers to sell tickets before and after each service for 4-5 weeks, and asking folks to bring refreshments when they come to the theatre
Service Term: 
Less than 3 months
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

A wonderful, heartening opportunity to help children with special needs. Getting to know folks at the theatre and mingle with many at QUUF. Those who benefit most, of course, are all the kids!

Skills Needed: 

Being organized and good at promoting the event.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

Help is always available from folks who have done this before. Office staff is very supportive.

Contact Person: 
marcia coleman
Contact Person Email: 
mcoleman@mcn.org
Ministry Team: 
# of positions available: 
1
Availability: 
Position Filled
Service Opportunity Filled By: 
Kathleen Holt
Date Filled: 
Friday, September 15, 2017
Expected Service Opportunity Term End: 
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Hours per Month: 
5

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

Designated Offerings Committee Member

Help to recognize and select local charitable nonprofits as recipients of a Designated Offering.

Detailed Description: 
The Designated Offerings Committee usually meets twice a year for approximately 1½ hours each. At the first meeting, held before the Church year begins, the committee members select and schedule (in accordance with the dates assigned by the administration) 16 nonprofit organizations to receive QUUF funds from Designated Offerings for that year. (These offerings are in addition to the monthly Food Bank collection.) The Committee comes together for a second meeting a few months later, at which time they update the list and make any necessary changes. Depending on the number of Committee members, each member serves as liaison to three to five organizations. Committee members volunteer to serve as liaisons to the recipients. The liaisons’ responsibilities are to contact the recipients; write a brief description of the organization for publication in the Weekly Update and the Order of Service; and arrange to meet their representative at the Sunday service. To facilitate the process, the liaisons report to the Chair on their contacts with the organizations and their responses. Other than the two meetings and greeting the recipient representative on the designated Sunday, the Committee members work independently.
Service Term: 
1 year
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

Serving on the Designated Offering Committee is truly inspirational and a wonderful opportunity to connect with the larger community and to become familiar with the accomplishments of the local charitable service organizations and the dedicated individuals serving them.  Committee members thereby become more familiar with Port Townsend and the surrounding community and the needs of its people.

The congregation benefits by becoming more knowledgeable about these community organizations, their needs and what they do.  By donating to the various recipients, QUUF members can feel they are making a difference in the world by enabling the nonprofits to continue their work and enrich our community and ultimately the world.

Skills Needed: 

Committee members must be organized, responsible, capable of working independently, able to contact and communicate with people they do not know and willing to follow through on their assignments.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

No special training is necessary. Committee members are given enough information to enable them to carry out their responsibilities, and assistance is provided by the Chair if needed.

Contact Person: 
Kyanne Andersen
Contact Person Email: 
kyanne.andersen@gmail.com
Ministry Team: 
# of positions available: 
Multiple
Availability: 
Position Open
Expected Service Opportunity Term End: 
Friday, June 30, 2017

Designated Offerings Chair

Lead this vital committee who purpose is to select local charitable nonprofits as Designated Offering recipients.

Detailed Description: 
The Chair of the Designated Offerings Committee schedules and conducts the committee meetings, provides the members with the necessary information upon which to base their choices of recipients, provides directions for performing their assignments, provides backup or rescheduling if needed, and oversees the assignments during the year to ensure that all tasks are carried out in a timely manner. In addition, the Chair is required to file several reports with the Board or other agencies and is encouraged to attend various meetings, such as the Leadership Council. Time is required at the beginning of the year to provide committee members with the information they need and to set up the meeting. There are two meetings per year of 1 ½ hours each. In addition, the Chair also serves as liaison to several recipients which requires several hours each time. The Chair is also responsible in an emergency for covering an assignment which can’t be fulfilled, or arranging for someone else to do so.
Service Term: 
3 years
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

Serving as Designated Offering Committee Chair provides a wonderful opportunity to connect with the larger community and to become familiar with the accomplishments of the local charitable service organizations and the dedicated individuals serving them.  It also serves to deepen connections with and appreciation for the committee members and their service to QUUF.

The congregation benefits by becoming more knowledgeable about these community organizations, their needs and what they do.  By donating to the various recipients, Fellowship members can feel they are making a difference in the world by enabling the nonprofits to continue their work and enrich our community and ultimately the world.

Skills Needed: 

The Committee Chair needs to have good organizational skills, be an effective leader and be able to direct and supervise others in carrying out the mission of the committee.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

Information from previous years will be provided and the new Chair will be given whatever assistance is requested and needed by the outgoing Chair.

Contact Person: 
Kyanne Andersen
Contact Person Email: 
kyanne.andersen@gmail.com
Ministry Team: 
# of positions available: 
1
Availability: 
Position Filled
Expected Service Opportunity Term End: 
Friday, June 30, 2017

Social Justice Council Steering Team

Members coordinate the meetings and many activities of the Social Justice Council

Detailed Description: 
Members participate in monthly SJCST meetings (second Wednesday, 5:30-7:00 p.m.) and meetings of the full Council, usually three per year. They facilitate communication between committees, action groups, task forces, and special interest groups that are part of the Social Justice Council. They oversee legislative action, including tabling and letter writing campaigns. They help with broad interest, congregation-wide projects, such as an annual “common read.” Co-chairs attend quarterly Leadership Assembly meetings. There are no voting positions open at present but any interested person can attend SJCST meetings at any time. Please contact one of the co-chairs if you are interested in joining our Steering Team as a voting member. The chairs of the committee average 8-10 hours per month preparing for and attending meetings and other miscellaneous organizing.
Service Term: 
3 years
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

The community impact of the Social Justice Council is felt in many ways: in the Winter Shelter, where two weeks of meals and night monitors are coordinated; in Dove House, for whom a collection is taken; in the Boiler Room, where soup is prepared one Sunday a month; in our LGBTQ community, for whom special events are planned; and in numerous other special interest groups and committees, which are involved? in the annual Social Justice Sunday service. The personal satisfaction that comes from making someone else’s life better cannot be measured. Social Justice work is action oriented and guided by the values inherent in our Seven Principles.

Skills Needed: 

Organizing, communicating, taking initiative, facilitating meetings, being flexible, following-through, keeping records. teamwork, decision making.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

Present chairs are eager to train and mentor.

Contact Person: 
Emelia DeSouza, Diane Haas
Contact Person Email: 
socialjustice@quuf.org
Ministry Team: 
# of positions available: 
Multiple
Availability: 
Position Open
Hours per Month: 
6

Winter Shelter Cook & Server

Join a team of up to 5 to plan, purchase ingredients, cook, and serve a meal at the Winter Shelter. 

Detailed Description: 
Background: QUUF joins other local faith-based and secular organizations (the Community Outreach and Shelter Team) in hosting the Jefferson County Winter Shelter each year. The Shelter offers beds and bathing nightly as well as meals for those who are homeless, from November through March. QUUF covers all meal and monitoring for two weeks each winter: traditionally the week after Thanksgiving and the last week of January. Having a food handler’s certificate, available either through a local class or online, is helpful. Key Activities: Volunteer cooks offer either a breakfast (2-3 hours) or a dinner (4-5 hours), donating ingredients unless the cost is personally burdensome (in which case the cost of one's share of ingredients is reimbursed). Outside of not "potentially hazardous" home baked goods, meals are prepared in a Donor Kitchen, either QUUF's or the Shelter’s. Finally, one serves, cleans up, handles lunches and completes report forms. Dinner cooks prepare lunches using ingredients in the Shelter, while breakfast cooks package those lunches and distribute them in the morning. Meals are ideally offered by teams of 2 for breakfasts and 5 for the dinners. Meals are shared by both shelter guests and all those supporting the Shelter, about 35 people for most meals. Time Commitment (hours): Activity Breakfast Dinner 1. Prepare to cook in a Donor Kitchen (absorbing directions) 2.0 2.0 2. Plan meal .5 1.0 3. Purchase ingredients .75 1.5 4. Cook 2.0 1.0 5. Serve, eat, clean, work with lunches, report 1.0 2.0 Total 5.25 8.5
Service Term: 
As needed
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

Directly helping those most in need Supporting a community-wide effort to allieviate suffering during the time of year when those living without basic shelter are most vulnerable Joining others in QUUF to actualize this support--this may include youth who may cook but not serve in the shelter. Get to know others as only people who meet over food can.

Skills Needed: 

Meal planning: balanced, healthy, comforting palatable foods, responsive to dietary and physiologic needs and preferences of those being served -- attentive to nutrient and caloric requirements, and dental disease
Purchase food mindful of quality, source, and cost
Prepare food hygienically, to prevent food-borne illness in this vulnerable population and retain the "Donor Kitchen" status of the kitchens where meals must be prepared for legal donation
Balanced, respectful, and on-task interaction with co-cooks
Access resources which allow team members to share costs of the meal
Reporting time and materials donated

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

1. Optimum preparation includes becoming a licensed food handler through local Public Health Department training or online at https://www.foodworkercard.wa.gov/language.html. Because food donations are governed by WA State laws (Chapter 69.80 RCW, WAC 246-215) familiarity and compliance with these laws is essential. Knowledge can result from i) direct review of the laws ii) understanding the guidance provided by the COAST Volunteer Coordinator or Team member holding a Food Handler's certificate. Compliance with requirements for where donated food must be prepared is critical (potentially hazardous food prepared in a home kitchen and delivered to the Shelter is illegal and can compromise our ability to serve food. Additional guidance specific to the safety requirements at the Shelter must be understood and followed. If ill, a volunteer should refrain from serving. If donating an individual's share of the team meal is a financial burden, reimbursement is possible.

Contact Person: 
Cathe Bell
Contact Person Email: 
bell.cathe@gmail.com
Ministry Team: 
# of positions available: 
Multiple
Availability: 
Position Open
Service Opportunity Filled By: 
Cathe Bell
Hours per Month: 
8