The Common Good
July-August 1996

Bringing People Together

by Brett Grainger | July-August 1996

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Casita de Cuidar (Comfort House) seeks full-time volunteers for a residential AIDS hospice and an in-house residence for persons with cancer and heart disease. Positions will be open starting August 1 for terms of six months or longer. Training, room, board, stipend, and health insurance are provided. Contact Marian Strohmeyer, R.S.M., Rt. 2, Box 1680, McAllen, TX 78504; (210) 686-6047.
  • The Volunteer Missionary Movement, an ecumenical movement dedicated to peace, justice, and the realm of God, invites women and men to apply for missionary positions in Africa, Central America, and the United States. We are builders, doctors, nurses, plumbers, and pastoral workers. Please apply to Phil Leonard, Associate Director, VMM, 5980 W. Loomis Road, Greendale, WI 53129; e-mail VMM@execpc.com.
  • An interfaith program that runs shelters for homeless men and women and an outreach program in a poverty-stricken area is in need of couples or individuals to help in this ministry. Room and board are provided. Contact Sister Margaret McCaffrey, Christian Service Program, Box 21, Shreveport, LA 71161-0021; (318) 424- 7049.
  • Christ House, a residential medical facility for homeless men in Washington, D.C., has several yearlong volunteer opportunities: registered nurse, administrative/development assistant, patient activities coordinator, maintenance assistant, cook, van driver, and social work assistant. Volunteers live in community and receive room and board, stipend, and health insurance. Contact Cathy Heinhold, Christ House, 1717 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC 20009; (202) 328-1100.
  • Rural homeless shelter in Colorado seeks volunteers to help with the needs of shelter guests, coordination of community volunteers, and to assist in managing a community store. Spanish would be helpful, and room, board, and stipend are provided. Contact La Puente Home, Box 1235, Alamosa, CO 81101, or call Lance at (719) 589-5909.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  • Sojourners Neighborhood Center is presently seeking a new executive director. The ideal candidate possesses a strong Christian social justice commitment, program development and fund- raising experience, strong writing skills, five years experience directing small non-profits, and a bachelor’s degree in education, community development, or a related field. A competitive salary and benefits are offered. Send résumé, cover letter, and three references to: Executive Director Search Committee, SNC, 1323 Girard St. NW, Washington, DC 20009.
  • The search has been re-opened at a liberal United Methodist church for a full-time youth minister committed to inclusive ministry and social justice. Contact Jan Everhart, 1343 E. Barstow, Fresno, CA 93710; fax (209) 224-1967.
  • Serve Across America Inc., a Christian-based national service corps connecting recent college graduates with residential faith- based service communities, is presently seeking an assistant director. This person would be responsible for fund raising, recruiting, program development, and office support. For an interview, send a résumé to Serve Across America Inc., Capitol Ave., Atlanta, GA 30315; (404) 524-4455.
  • Rural and Migrant Ministry, an independent, progressive, faith-based advocacy and empowerment organization, has immediate openings for a youth arts coordinator and a resource development coordinator. Both positions are full-time and offer a salary and benefits. Send résumés to Rev. Richard Witt, Executive Director, Rural and Migrant Ministry Inc., Box 4757, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.
  • The Other Side, a Christian magazine of peace and justice issues, is seeking a full-time marketing director to strategize outreach to subscribers, produce creative marketing materials, and analyze results. Experience in marketing and/or magazine publishing is desirable. Contact Hiring Team, The Other Side, 300 W. Apsley St., Philadelphia, PA 19144; (215) 849-2178.

COMMUNITY LIVING OPPORTUNITIES

  • Thirtyish couple is looking for intentional Christian community in Southern Manitoba. Please contact Menno or Liz Friesen, Box 108, Rigolet, Labrador, Nfld., A0P 1P0 Canada; (709) 947-3485.
  • We are a family looking for other families or individuals committed to community living to join us as we begin a co-housing group in the Cape Cod (Brewster) area. We are gathering people interested in spirituality, simple living, social justice, and attachment parenting. Contact Pat or Sue Gubbins, (508) 385-3929.
  • We invite you to consider joining our L’Arch Nehalem Community here in Oregon. We are a faith-based community where people with developmental disabilities and their assistants share life and a home together. Contact Paul Lipscomb, Director, L’Arch Nehalem, 8501 SE Stephens St., Portland, OR 97216; (503) 251-6901.
  • Do you share our vision of a Benedictine community whose vowed members are men and women from all vocational stances (single, married couples, vowed celibates, and ordained priests)? Contact Holy Trinity Monastery, 7200 Tobes Hill Road, Hornell, NY 14843; (607) 324-7624.

RETREATS AND CONFERENCES

  • A 40-hour course in mediation and conflict resolution will be offered July 15-19 by Education for Conflict Resolution Inc. in North Manchester, Ind. For more information, contact Education for Conflict Resolution Inc., Box 275, North Manchester, IN 46962; (219) 982-4621.
  • The Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) national conference, “One Spirit: Common Ground for Justice and Peace,” will be held July 24-28 at Bryn Mawr College near Philadelphia. It will include speakers, workshops, music, a youth program, and more. For information, contact FOR, Box 271, Nyack, NY 10960; (914) 358- 4601.
  • The ninth annual gathering of the Network of Biblical Storytellers (NOBS), an ecumenical festival of storytelling, workshops, and speakers for laity and clergy, will take place July 24-27 near Dayton, Ohio. For more information, contact Amelia Cooper, NOBS, 1810 Harvard Blvd., Dayton, OH 45406; 1-800-355- NOBS.
  • “Witness for Justice,” organized by Oregon Farm Worker Ministry in cooperation with Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN), will be held July 12 in the Woodburn/Salem, Ore. area. The full-day immersion enables delegates from faith communities to experience the daily life and reflect upon the struggle for basic rights of Oregon farm workers. Contact Rosemary Cooperrider, 2007 Manorview Circle NW, Salem, OR 97304; (503) 585- 8540 or 623-5153.
  • Come together in search for the answers to life’s questions at “Seekers 96” Youth Conference, September 20-22. This informal conference for young people takes place at Deerspring Bruderhof, a Christian community, free of charge. Contact Seekers/ Deerspring Bruderhof, 207 West Side Road, Norfolk, CT 06058-1225; e-mail seekers@bruderhof.org; http:// www. bruderhof. org/ seekers.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • A free special issue of With: The Magazine for Radical Christian Youth helps youth connect faith and the environment. Activity-by-activity instructions for making an article (by Tony Campolo) the focus of a youth group meeting are also available. For free copies, call 1-800-743-2484.
  • Adopt a Prisoner Inc. works to bring justice to the unjustly imprisoned. Write Achim Rodgers, P.I. #49983, Arizona State Prison-Fort Grant, Fort Grant, AZ; 85644-4000. The following individuals in prison request correspondence from people outside of prison: James R. Knipe, #BL-5496, 1100 Pike St., Huntington, PA 16654-1112; Robert Dunikowski, #284-938, Box 45699, Lucasville, OH 45699-0001; Eliborio Lerma Jr., #402349, Connally Unit, HC-67, Box 115, Kenedy, TX 78119-9115; Norberto Pietri, #096867 (Death Row), A1-44-2192, Union Correctional Institution, Box 221, Raiford, FL 32083; William Robinson, #105875, Camp J, Cuda 2-R-11, Louisiana State Penitentiary, Angola, LA 70712; Dennis Lawrence, #22868, 700 Conley Lake Road, Deer Lodge, MT 59722.

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