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Greenfield Harm Reduction Volunteer

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Tapestry Health

POSITION: Harm Reduction Program Volunteer

LOCATION: Greenfield and Franklin County

POSITION TYPE: Volunteer

REPORTS TO: Program Supervisor

MENTOR: Program Supervisor and Program Directors

NUMBER OF POSITIONS AVAILABLE: 3

LENGTH OF POSITION: Flexible

HOURS PER WEEK: (Please give a range, 1-5, 5-10, 10+, etc.). Up to 20 hours per week

GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY: Harm reduction volunteers will work closely with harm reduction counselors, the program supervisor, and program participants to provide essential services and education to people who use drugs and people who do sex work.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Volunteers are responsible for working as part of a team to provide resources and education to people who inject drugs, emphasizing HIV prevention and other forms of risk reduction. They will assist counselors and the supervisor in office duties, outreach and community engagement efforts, and in building a welcoming environment for all Program participants.

Volunteers can expect to learn about harm reduction philosophies, build strong community relationships, and to engage with others in rewarding and dynamic ways.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Knowledge about substance use and sex work and/or willingness to learn about them.
  • Ability to work with others, especially people who have experienced/are experiencing oppression and/or discrimination based on their racial or gender identities and stigmatized behaviors.
  • Willingness to learn and practice COVID-19 safety protocols while performing street and mobile outreach, packaging supplies, and interacting with other staff and Program participants.
  • Confidence in doing many different job tasks and working in a fluctuating environment.
  • Desire to learn about harm reduction, HIV, Hepatitis C, and STI prevention, and drug user activism.
  • People who are bilingual and/or bicultural are strongly encouraged to apply!

More opportunities with Tapestry Health

No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.

About Tapestry Health

Location:

296 Nonotuck Street, 2nd Floor, Florence, MA 01062, US

Mission Statement

MISSION STATEMENT

Tapestry Health is dedicated to being a leader in providing high quality, caring health services and advocacy, for all those who are disenfranchised and under-served, with an emphasis on women and youth.

BELIEF STATEMENTS

1. All women, men and adolescents have the right to be informed about and have access to all safe and effective methods of birth control. All women and adolescents have the right to access safe, legal, affordable options for pregnancy termination as well as childbirth.

2. Services shall be conducted in a culturally sensitive manner that is confidential and non-judgmental, where all decisions rest with the individual.

3. Services will be provided in a manner that emphasizes wellness, individual responsibility, increased awareness of healthy behaviors and support of individuals who take steps to improve their own health.

4. We support an inclusive definition of sexual orientation and gender identity and believe that positive messages about sexual and reproductive freedom and responsibility are fundamental to fostering wellness in our communities.

Description

Throughout the past three decades, Tapestry Health has been a leader in providing high quality, caring health services and advocacy for the people of western Massachusetts. Started in 1973 as the Family Planning Council of Western Massachusetts, the agency changed its name in 1998 to better reflect the diversity of services the agency provides. Today, in addition to family planning and reproductive health care, Tapestry Health provides HIV/AIDS services, needle exchange and harm reduction services, WIC nutritional services, outreach, education, and other community services to over 50,000 people each year in communities across the Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties. Visit www.tapestryhealth.org for more information.

Advocacy & Human Rights
Community
LGBTQ+

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

8 Church StreetGreenfieldGreenfield, MA 01301

(42.59008,-72.59863)
 

SKILLS

  • Counseling / Mental Health
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Community Outreach
  • Social Work

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Up to 20 hours per week

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