Teaching/Leading Discussions (Adult)

RE, ALPS, special programs

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

Conversation Team Leader

Working with the Pathways to Service Coordinating Committee, support and facilitate a team of 15-18 “Conversationalists.”

Detailed Description: 
The purpose of this service opportunity is to ensure that the members of the Conversation Team are supported, trained and doing conversations according to the method developed by the Pathways to Service (PTS) Coordinating Committee. There is an on-going group of about 14 Conversationalists. The Team Leader recruits more Conversationalists as needed (the ideal number is about 18), trains them, and facilitates an every-other month 1.5 hour meeting. Facilitating the meeting includes creating the agenda, running the meeting, and coordinating with the PTS Coordinating Committee and staff to be sure that names are being assigned to Conversationalists. The Team Leader also does conversations. Finally, the Team Leader attends meetings of the PTS Coordinating Committee every other month and participates in decision making about the larger program.
Service Term: 
2 years
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

This position is very rewarding because it provides the opportunity to hear about how all conversations are going and get first-hand knowledge of how the PTS program is reaching people and inviting them to engage and share their unique gifts. The conversations are the heart of the program and even those people who do not immediately engage in service are given the chance to be heard, feel welcomed, and make a connection with the larger congregation.

Skills Needed: 

The Conversation Team Leader should have strong organizational skills and the ability to facilitate groups. Facilitation skills include the ability to listen, move an agenda along, and make sure everyone is included. Organizational skills include ability to keep a roster up to date, plan meetings, manage paperwork, communicate with email, and work with the PTS database.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

The out-going Conversation Team Leader will train the new Team Leader. In the past the Team Leader had a partner who was trained in counseling. This person was a resource for people who needed extra support with interpersonal skills or interview skills. Going forward, this resource will be found by the PTS Coordinating Committee if members of the Team need this.

Contact Person: 
Kendra Golden
Contact Person Email: 
kendrajgolden@gmail.com
# of positions available: 
1
Availability: 
Position Filled
Service Opportunity Filled By: 
Kendra Golden
Date Filled: 
Sunday, September 1, 2019
Expected Service Opportunity Term End: 
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Hours per Month: 
8

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

Sunday Services Chair

The Sunday Services Committee maintains and enhances the content and quality of our Sunday Service.  The chair is the team leader for this committee’s “Leadership Team.”  The chair has the big-picture responsibility for the activities of others on the leadership team, for organizing meetings and for communication with QUUF Leadership and Staff.

Detailed Description: 
Sunday morning services are at the heart of our congregational life and ministry. This vital Committee uses a team-based approach in the support of the Sunday morning experience for members. Sunday Services Chair responsibilities include the following: 1. Schedule and announce committee meetings. 2. Facilitate meetings or recruit a facilitator for the meeting. 3. Act as committee contact for staff and leadership. 4. Act as the team lead for the leadership team of the committee. Other members of this team work on budget, annual report, leadership assembly, recruiting, recording minutes and job descriptions. The time commitment would be four hours per month, occasionally more during more intensive times for the committee. This amount of time includes calling meetings of the whole committee, and/or the leadership team of the committee, as needed (once every 1-3 months), as well as facilitating, or finding a facilitator, for meetings. Regular emails are also part of the work of this role, and communicating between the office and others on the committee.
Service Term: 
3 years
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

There is nothing more important than our Sunday Services to our congregational life and ministry.  The chair of Sunday Services plays a pivotal role  in supporting the ministers and the whole Sunday Services committee.  The chair benefits from the opportunity to develop leadership and facilitation skills.   A close working relationship with the ministers makes this and exceptional opportunity.

Skills Needed: 

The chair needs to be able to take responsibility and follow through on communication and organization for the committee including communication with other members of the leadership team, the office and the Board. The ability to facilitate a group of people is a must as is the ability to use email and access to a home computer.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

The minister and the board liaison to the committee supply support for the chair. In addition the chair receives periodic opportunities for leadership training through leadership assembly and UUA webinairs.

Contact Person: 
Kate Lore
Contact Person Email: 
katelore@quuf.org
Ministry Team: 
# of positions available: 
1
Availability: 
Position Open
Service Opportunity Filled By: 
Carrie Andrews
Date Filled: 
Saturday, July 1, 2017
Expected Service Opportunity Term End: 
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
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 Meal Chair

Work with Shelter Partner Stakeholders and QUUF in the care, operation, and development of the Winter Shelter and organize and schedule volunteers to serve meals and to work as monitors. 

Detailed Description: 
QUUF joins other local faith-based and secular organizations (the Community Outreach and Shelter Team(COAST), the American Legion, and OlyCAP) 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. You will facilitate communication among volunteers and member organizations, embody the philosophy of hospitality as outlined by COAST, and act as a leader within QUUF to ensure that all volunteer services are provided with respect and courtesy. Key Activities: 1. Serve as a member of the COAST Board of Directors with one vote. COAST monthly board meetings occur from 3-4 pm on the 3rd Thursday of each month. (1-3 hours/month) 2. Act as a representative between groups: the Coordinator is the direct communication link between COAST and QUUF, currently through the Social Justice Council. (2-4 hours/quarter) 3. Participate in community events on behalf of COAST such as the Jefferson County Fair, volunteer fairs, Veteran Stand-Up, etc. (2-10 hours/year) 4. Manages QUUF's efforts for 2 separate weeks during the season. QUUF is responsible for the Shelter, historically, during the week after Thanksgiving and the last week of January-beginning of February. a. Familiarize QUUF membership with need. Solicit their support and involvement. Advertise through personal statements and public displays (6 hours) b. Schedule volunteers able to fill all needs in meal prep/service and night monitor assistance (6 hours/season) b. Make sure all positions are filled (6-12 hours/season) c. Make sure are supplies and food are purchased or donated for the week's meals (15 hours/season) d. Assure that recycled materials are removed from the shelter (3 hours/season) 5. Supervise all QUUF volunteers a) Make sure that each food preparation and serving group has a supervisory member with a current Food Handler's Card from the Jefferson County Department of Health (schedule Food Handler's Training--6 hours/every two years, monitor certificates (2 hours/year) b) Familiarize kitchen helpers with the use of the kitchen equipment as well as location of kitchen items (4 hours/year) c) Familiarize kitchen helpers with Shelter practices regarding timing of meals, serving, clean-up, and reporting (4-12 hours/year) 6. Be supervised by by the on-site shelter supervisor. OlyCAP staff are available for support. Coordinators must defer to shelter staff in all matters of shelter operation and safety. (2+ weeks/year)
Service Term: 
3 years
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

1. This makes the Shelter's operation possible. An average of 24-32 adults are served each night. Volunteers allow the Shelter to operate more safely by increasing the number of staff without increasing costs. 2. Working together to meet the needs of others helps foster community strength within faith-based and civic groups which comprise the COAST membership. 3. Volunteers experience satisfaction in helping shelter guests. Providing a warm meal, a bed, and shower for someone who both needs and appreciates it creates a connection at the most fundamental level.

Skills Needed: 

1. Work well with volunteers, guests, shelter staff, and fellow coordinators 2. Adjust quickly to changing and challenging situations. Problems arise over volunteer availability, guest population, food delivery, etc. 3. Detail oriented and organized. Along with scheduling, training, and working with all volunteers, the Coordinator responsibility is to make sure all necessary paperwork is completed fully and correctly 4. Tailor one's efforts to successfully achieve all aspects of the purpose and mission of the Shelter. This mission may differ to some extent from QUUF's and any individual's. 5. Advertising and communication

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

1. Participate in Shelter volunteer orientation and training 2. Food Handler's Certification 3. Training by staff and site supervisors on how to react immediately to difficult situations with guests 4. Well defined Shelter policies and practices deter guests from aggressive, inappropriate, and unsafe behaviors.

Contact Person: 
Sandy Tweed
Contact Person Email: 
sltweed@gmail.com
Ministry Team: 
# of positions available: 
1
Availability: 
Position Filled
Service Opportunity Filled By: 
Sandy Tweed
Date Filled: 
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Expected Service Opportunity Term End: 
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Hours per Month: 
10

Men's Retreat Planning Team Member

Help Coordinate the date, the site, and the activities of the annual fall Men’s Retreat.

Detailed Description: 
Until 2016 the annual Men’s Retreat was patterned after the successful Women’s Retreat, held at the Camp David Lodge on Lake Crescent, Since 2016 the retreat has been held at Pilgrim Firs Camp and Conference Center near Port Orchard. All meals are provided by the Conference Center, greatly simplifying the logistics. The Planning Team members will meet a few times over the summer/fall to decide on activities and divide up specific tasks that may arise. Total hours approximately 10.
Service Term: 
1 year
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

The purpose of the Men’s Retreat is to build stronger ties of fellowship than can be achieved in Sunday services alone or in family retreats. The weekend activities may lead to stronger friendships and quite often to moments of self-discovery. The congregation benefits from stronger and deeper members, so there are both communal and personal gains.

Skills Needed: 

No particular skills are needed for this planning group. Just bring your enthusiasm and a willingness to help so that the planning responsibilities are shared. There are a variety of tasks such as audio visual, activity planning, setting up car pools, so there will be something for all skill sets. .

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

Previous chairs and participants will happily provide all the assistance you need to be successful.

Contact Person: 
Nils Pedersen, Kate Lore
Contact Person Email: 
nilspedersen@q.com, katelore@quuf.org
# of positions available: 
Multiple
Availability: 
Position Open

Denominational Affairs Committee Chair

Lead the committee that works to publicize and promote the values and concerns of Unitarian Universalists beyond the Congregation walls.

Detailed Description: 
The chair convenes periodic meetings that include discussion of denominational concerns, UUA proposed statements of conscience, etc. The committee apprises QUUF membership and encourages attendance at the national General Assembly and the Pacific Northwest meetings. You work with the QUUF Social Justice Council and publicize national and regional events, utilizing bulletin board displays and posters.
Service Term: 
3 years
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

Chair and committee members gain knowledge of the broader concerns of Unitarian Universalists. The congregation gains an education in areas covered by the UUA.

Skills Needed: 

Ability to communicate, some computer skills, organizational ability are helpful in this role.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

Former committee chair, committee members, workshops at General Assembly and PNW meeting.

Contact Person: 
Julia Cochrane
Contact Person Email: 
willowtree@olypen.com
Ministry Team: 
# of positions available: 
1
Availability: 
Position Filled
Service Opportunity Filled By: 
Julia Cochrane
Date Filled: 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Expected Service Opportunity Term End: 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Hours per Month: 
3