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A Sanctuary for Women & Children in New Orleans
Support the women and children of Hagar's House today!
This is a volunteer position with a dynamic home for women and children in New Orleans.
The position is volunteer and therefore, unpaid. However, Volunteer Staff have the option of housing in exchange for 20 hours per week of volunteer work. The housing option is in an intentional community inside of First Grace United Methodist Church (www.FirstGraceNola.org) in Mid City New Orleans directly across from a street car stop. (You have your own bedroom, the bathroom is a shared bathroom with multiple shower stalls, the kitchen and living room are communal.) If you want to consider this option, you would be asked to share life with the First Grace UMC, a faith community committed to challenging injustice and celebrating diversity & life together in New Orleans.
All are welcome to apply. However, people of color, people who identify as transgender, women, people who are bilingual in Spanish/English, and 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 for two weekly shifts. Volunteer staff work two shifts per week, Saturday and Sunday 7 am - 3 pm. Specific shifts are to be determined, but are generally set for the duration of your commitment once established
- Attending a staff meeting each Monday, 9 am-11 am
- Assisting with other house events and programs occasionally
Generally, in a normal week, you would have no or few Hagar's House responsibilities outside of the above. Most volunteers find that they are able to pursue a part-time job and other interests.
If you choose to take advantage of the free housing for volunteers in the First Grace intentional community, there will be one community meal and one community devotional each week. Household responsibilities are shared with intentional community roommates. The intentional community is also asked to get to know the wider First Grace community which donates the volunteer housing.
Sorry, no pets.
The most important role of all Hagar's House Advocates is to provide a clean, safe home for and with residents that embodies a welcoming and peaceful spirit. This is done by working shifts where you help make Hagar's House a cleaner, safer, more beautiful space for women and children in New Orleans.
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 and compassionately present with residents, coworkers and other members of the Hagar's House community
- Daily upkeep of the house, including cleaning, physical maintenance, improvements and helping to make sure Hagar's House feels like a home
- Assisting Hagar's House residents with resource assistance, coordination, and referrals
- Assisting parents with childcare
- Answering phone calls
- Acting as mediator for conflict
- Assisting residents with resume writing and job searches
- Welcoming and coordinating short-term volunteers
- Coordinating holistic health and social justice programs
- Organizing and implementing creative fundraisers
- Facilitating in-house programming such as weekly house meetings, candle making, kids group,gardening, nutritional consulting, poetry, movement/dance, conversations on race, conversations on gender, cooking, bike maintenance, reading groups
HOURS are generally:
- Five day training period consisting of up to 40 hours a week
- After training working 16 - 20 hours per week in exchange for housing for two set shifts
- 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 training that will fall on various days of the week throughout the year
Occasional staff gatherings
- Over 18 years old
- Enjoy children
- Enjoy cleaning, organizing and home improvement projects
- Commitment for the entire time frame
- Display maturity, problem solving skills, responsibility, trustworthiness, strong sense and understanding of social justice, advocacy, power, privilege, gender, systemic sexism, racism, and classism
- Shared housing in an intentional community inside a church building, (must be open and faithful to additional community expectations, responsibilities, and chores.)
- Directly across the street from a streetcar stop
- Access to phone, internet, computer, fax & copier for Hagar's House purposes
- Living in a Mid-City Location -- very close to City Park, restaurants, the French Quarter, Bayou St. John, grocery stores, banks, Home Depot, drug stores
- Being a part of the vibrant community at First Grace UMC-- a community committed to challenging injustice and to celebrating diversity and our life together in New Orleans.
- Getting to know, support and learn from the amazing Hagar's House residents
HOW TO APPLY
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with:
Subject: "Hagar's House Advocate"
- Your resume
- A paragraph on why you are interested in Hagar's House and this position, and
- A note stating that you are able to commit for
- Please indicate your exact start and end dates
- A note confirming that Saturday and Sunday 7 am - 3 pm work for you
- Three references including each reference's name and contact info, your relationship, and the amount of time they have known you. One can be a personal or academic reference but the other 2 should be supervisors from previous work or significant volunteer experience.