The Common Good
January-February 1998

Bringing People Together

by Kristin Brennan | January-February 1998

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Short-term cross-cultural volunteer expeditions are available through the Global Citizens Network (GCN). Volunteers are invited to build, teach, and connect with indigenous people of Belize, Guatemala, Kenya, St. Vincent, the Yucatan, and New Mexico. The trips are tax-deductible and scholarships are available. Contact GCN, 130 N. Howell St., St. Paul, MN 55104; (612) 644-0960, 1-800-644-9292; gcn@mtn.org.

Group workcamps need adult volunteers willing to donate one week of their time every summer helping teen-agers repair homes for elderly, disabled, and needy residents across America and Mexico. Travel, training, room, and board are provided. Call Patricia Smith, 1-800-635-0404, ext. 4478.

Discipleship Year is a program for people drawn to live and work in association with the Jubilee Ministries and the Church of the Saviour. Participants volunteer full time for a local Washington, D.C. ministry while focusing on intentional Christian living and being in relationship with people who are excluded from our society. Contact Susan Burton, Servant Leadership School, 1640 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC 20009; (202) 328-1102.

Samaritan Inns, a residential program for persons recovering from alcohol and drug addiction, has one-year volunteer opportunities for resident managers. Volunteers are invited to participate in community life within servant leadership ministries. Room, board, health insurance, and stipend are provided. Send a résumé to Samaritan Inns, 2523 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009, or call Jamilia Woods, (202) 667-8831.

Interested in starting a volunteer program? The Catholic Network of Volunteer Service, located in Washington, D.C., is holding formation workshops for those interested in beginning a lay mission/volunteer program for full-time service. Workshops will be held January 29-February 1 and April 23-26. The cost, which includes housing and meals, is $220. Call 1-800-543-5046 or (202) 529-1100.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Mexico City Friends Center seeks an executive director to direct service projects and the community of hospitality beginning in March 1998. Spanish and English fluency, Quaker familiarity, experience in leadership and administration, and a three-year commitment are required. Benefits include Mexico-level professional salary and travel support. Contact Tobin Marsh, Ignacio Mariscal 132, 06030 Mexico, DF; (525) 705-0521; fax: (525) 705-0771; amigos@laneta.apc.org.

A national community organizing institute is seeking lead organizers for several Midwest locations. Lead organizers will recruit and support congregational and community leaders, identify priority issues for campaigns, and direct the local organizing office. Placement requires five to 10 years of progressively responsible community organizing or related experience. Send a résumé and letter to Susan Himmelfarb, Search Consultant, 711 Superior St., Oak Park, IL 60302.

The Pilgrimage, a service-learning center and hostel in Washington, D.C., seeks a resident manager to coordinate volunteer groups and maintain the facility. Applicant should be a spiritual person interested in service-learning who has organizational, communication, and computer skills. Position includes a $16,000-18,000 salary, on-site residence, and health and other benefits. Deadline is January 15. Call (202) 387-6615.

COMMUNITY LIVING OPPORTUNITIES

Summer intern is sought for a rich rural life on a 25-acre Mennonite fruit and vegetable farm. Individual must have a serious interest in ecological agriculture, Christian community, and social justice. Contact Jim Fitz, Plough Creek Fellowship, Rt. 2, Box 1C, Tiskilwa, IL 61368; (815) 646-4672.

The Episcopal Community of the Ascension is looking for women interested in sharing a life of prayer and work in community. Contact Sister Mary Winifred, Sanctuary House, P.O. Box 1288, Cambridge, MD 21613; sanctuary.house@juno.com.

Loaves and Fishes currently seeks individuals to keep three community houses open. Community members make a one-year commitment, contribute part of their income, offer hospitality to guests, and work nonviolently to resist injustices in society. People of color, people of low income, and people with a spiritual thirst for the peace and justice of God are especially encouraged. Contact Steve O’Neil, 1712 Jefferson St., Duluth, MN 55812.

L’Arche Mobile needs live-in assistants to mentally handicapped adults. We seek to create communities of peace, joining adults who are mentally handicapped with those who help them so that they may love, work, and share their lives together. L’Arche is an international federation of Christian communities founded by Jean Vanier. Contact Martin E. O’Malley, 151 South Ann St., Mobile, AL 36604.

RETREATS AND CONFERENCES

Education for Conflict Resolution Inc. (ECR) announces "Mediating Interpersonal Conflict," an introductory course on the basics of conflict theory and communication skills for conflict resolution, February 9-28. The fee for the training is $300, but will be offered free-of-charge to volunteer mediators in Wabash, Kosciusko, and Huntington counties. Contact ECR Inc., P.O. Box 275, North Manchester, IN 46962; (219) 982-4621.

Malu ‘Aina Center for Nonviolent Training for Change presents two workshops this January in Philadelphia. "The Nonviolent Warrior: Confrontation and Long-Range Strategy," January 16-18, investigates long-term campaign and strategy planning. "Leadership Inside & Out: Building Skills, Renewing Your Spirit," January 23-25, focuses on leadership and personality styles. Contact Matt Guynn, Training for Change, 4719 Springfield Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19143-3514; (215) 729-7458; fax: (215) 729-1910; peacelearn@igc. org.

El Porvenir, a nonprofit development organization, is offering trips to Nicaragua in January, February, and June. Participants, accompanied by an experienced bilingual staff, will live in rural communities and work with Nicaraguans on village water and latrine projects. Call (805) 653-1488 or write P.O. Box 1213, Ventura, CA 93002.

MISCELLANEOUS

Pro-bono organizational consulting is available for leaders of select faith-based, social justice non-profits and churches. Services include strategic planning, proposal development, board vitality and effectiveness, values-vision-mission alignment, team building, volunteer programming, and personal career planning. Contact Rick Zemlin Associates, P.O. Box 43264, Washington, DC 20010; rickzemlin @aol.com.

The following individuals in prison request correspondence from people outside of prison:

James S. Dickerson, #258-001, MHC-X, P.O. Box 534, Jessup, MD 20794; Frederick Louis Pugh, #348817, Rte. 2, Box 4400/Hughes Unit, Gatesville, TX 76597; Darrell Perry, #105996, Luther Lucket Correctional Complex, P.O. Box 6, LaGrange, KY 40031-0006; Donald S. Keppers, #202143, KMCI, P.O. Box 31, Plymouth, WI 53073; William Davenport, AP8487, Box A, Bellefonte, PA 16823; Manuel Martinez, J-74002 14-J-6L, P.O. Box 4000, Vacaville, CA 95696-4000.

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