Start dates may be discussed, but position requires a six month to one year commitment.
*Please read carefully and follow instructions below. Applications without a resume, cover letter and references will receive no reply.*
This is a volunteer, live-in position with a fun, dynamic and busy home for women and children. The position is unpaid, but volunteers are provided housing inside of First Grace United Methodist Church , walking distance from Hagar's House.
All are welcome to apply. However, people of color, people who identify as transgender, women, people who are bilingual in Spanish/English, & people with experience with intentional community are especially encouraged to apply.
The main components of this position are:
- Being "on shift" at Hagar's House in the afternoons & nights for two weekly shifts, 9 hours each. Shifts would be twice a week from 7 am to 3 pm or 3 pm-11 pm/ 12 am. In your application please confirm that these hours work for you.
- Attending a staff meeting each Monday, 9 am-11 am and one monthly staff gathering that we schedule together
- Assisting with other house events & programs occasionally
Generally, in a normal week, you would have no or few Hagar's House responsibilities outside of the above & be able to pursue a part time job and/or other interests/commitments. However, if you choose to take advantage of the free housing for volunteers in the First Grace intentional community, there will be one community meal each week and one community meeting, as well as some household responsibilities/chores shared with roommates. The intentional community is also responsible for getting to know the wider First Grace community. Sorry, no pets.
- The most important role of all Hagar's House staff, interns, and volunteers is to provide a safe home for residents that embodies a welcoming and peaceful spirit.
- This is done by working "on duty" shifts where you help make Hagar's House a safer, more beautiful space for women and children in New Orleans.
Primary duties while on shift:
- Being present! This includes your physical presence at Hagar's House for the duration of your shift, as well as being mentally & compassionately present with residents, coworkers & other members of the Hagar's House community
- Resource assistance, coordination, and referrals
- Answering phone calls
- Helping with upkeep of the facility, cleaning, physical maintenance and home improvements
- If a resident has transitioned, make sure that room is clean and linens are washed
- Act as mediator for conflict
- Supervise housework, encourage and help maintain cleanliness
- Assist Residents with resume writing and/or job searches
- Helping to welcome & coordinate short term or program volunteers
- Help coordinate holistic health and social justice programs
- Providing transportation to appointments (in our house car)
- Helping organize and implement creative fundraisers
- Facilitating an in-house Program: i.e. weekly house meetings, knitting, sewing, kids group, music circle, crocheting, art, photography, gardening, nutritional consulting, poetry, movement/dance, conversations on race, conversations on gender, cooking, bike maintenance, reading group, etc.
HOURS are generally:
- Twice a week from 7 am to 3 pm or 3 pm-11 pm/12 am
- Occasionally coming in early or staying late (in emergency situations, or to accommodate a resident's work schedule)
- Weekly Monday staff meetings, 9 am-11 am.
- Some special events, fundraisers and staff trainings that will fall on various days of the week throughout the year
- A monthly staff gathering (sometimes every other month), scheduled collectively
- 18-yrs old or older
- Enjoys kids
- Commitment for the entire time frame (6-12 months)
- Displays maturity, responsibility, trustworthiness, strong sense and understanding of social justice & advocacy, power & privilege, gender, systemic sexism, racism, classism, and a familiarity with New Orleans.
- Shared housing in an Intentional Community inside a church building, walking distance from Hagar's House (must be open and faithful to additional community expectations, responsibilities, and chores.)
- Directly across the street from a street car stop
- Access to phone, internet, computer, fax & copier for Hagar's House purposes
- Living in a Mid-City Location -Very close to City Park, Excellent Po-boys, French Quarter, Bayou St. John, Grocery Stores, Farmers market, Banks, Home Depot, Drug Stores, & a Post office
- Being a part of the vibrant community at First Grace UMC-- a community committed to challenging injustice and to celebrating diversity & our life together in New Orleans.
- Getting to know, support & learn from the amazing individuals & families at Hagar's House
- Training Provided
- Housing Available
HOW TO APPLY
Please send an email to email@example.com with:
- Subject: "Volunteer Staff Member 2018-2019"
- Your resume
- A cover letter that describes why you are interested in Hagar's House and this position and that states that you are able to commit to six to twelve months
- Please indicate if would start dates you would like
- Three references including each reference's name & contact info, your relationship, and the amount of time they have known you. One can be a personal or academic reference but the other two should be supervisors from previous work or significant volunteer experience.