Teach RE/Family activities

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

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

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

RE (Religious Education) Chair

Oversee and coordinate with the RE Committee as they execute their mission to: “To engage families with children in our UU community, by organizing special events, supporting the RE staff, and promoting a family perspective within QUUF.”

Detailed Description: 
The chair leads monthly RE Committee meetings (REC), collaborates with the DFM (Director of Family Ministry) on building the monthly agenda, and works with the DFM to recruit new members for committee. Along with the REC, the chair schedules, organizes, promotes and hosts family oriented events: (Meet and Greet, Harvest Party, Halloween, cookie making for the Shelter, Winter Holiday Party, Teacher Appreciation event, Easter egg hunt, Mystery Pals, etc.) Additional duties include Overseeing playground upkeep, participating in Leadership Assembly, writing the annual budget and annual report.
Service Term: 
3 years
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

Benefits for volunteer include getting to know people, being part of a group working on a common goal, organizing fun events. Benefits for the congregation include providing RE programing support for DFM, opportunities to participate in fun seasonal multi generational social events, a well maintained playground for the children.

Skills Needed: 

Organizational skills are a plus including the ability to recruit and organize volunteers, and organizing events. Ability to work with Director of Family Ministries to write meeting agendas and otherwise assist the Director is important.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

retiring chair will help train and assist, as will Director of Family Ministry.

Contact Person: 
Renee Neugent, Beau Ohlgren
Contact Person Email: 
woods_child@yahoo.com, beau@ohlgren.com
Ministry Team: 
# of positions available: 
1
Availability: 
Position Filled
Expected Service Opportunity Term End: 
Friday, June 1, 2018

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