The Common Good
January-February 1999

Bringing people together

by Kristin Brennan | January-February 1999

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Christ House, a residential medical facility for homeless men in northwest Washington,
    D.C., has yearlong, full-time volunteer ...

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Christ House, a residential medical facility for homeless men in northwest Washington, D.C., has yearlong, full-time volunteer opportunities: staff nurse, administrative aide, patient activities coordinator, maintenance assistant, kitchen assistant, nursing assistant, and social work assistant. Volunteers live together in intentional Christian community. Room, board, stipend, and health insurance are included. Volunteer year begins in September. Contact Cathy Heinhold, Christ House, 1717 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC 20009; (202) 328-1100.
  • The Academy of Hope, an adult education program in Washington, D.C., is looking for volunteer teachers and tutors. Students learn reading, writing, and math skills to prepare for the GED exams. Teachers make a commitment for two-and-a-half hours a week for 6 to 10 weeks. No teaching experience is necessary but a training day is required for new teachers. The next training day is January 9, 1999. Contact Kate Randall at (202) 328-2029 or e-mail acadhope@juno.com.
  • L’Arche Mobile needs live-in assistants to mentally handicapped adults. We seek to create communities of peace where adults who are mentally handicapped and those who help them live, 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-A South Ann St., Mobile, AL 36604.
  • Full-time volunteers are needed for alternative life-sharing community for adults with mental disabilities. Duties include house parenting and working in the weavery, woodshop, bakery, kitchens, and gardens of a 500-acre farm in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. You must be 21 and able to commit one year. Receive room, board, medical benefits, and $213 per month. Write Recruiting, Innisfree Village, 5505 Walnut Level Road, Crozet, VA 22932.
  • The famous Tacoma Catholic Worker in the beautiful Northwest seeks organic urban farmers for our four-acre CSA project. Work, play, and pray for the "kindom" in community. Room and board and teeny-tiny stipend—all this and more can be yours! (Women and accordion players get special preference—not a quota, just a goal.) Contact TCW, Guadalupe House, 1417 S. "G" St., Tacoma, WA 98405; (253) 572-6582.

Employment Opportunities

  • A position is opening for associate director of a progressive campus ministry at the University of Pennsylvania. Knowledge of dbase systems (Access), Microsoft Office, Internet, e-mail, clerical skills, office management, experience with Web pages, and strong interpersonal skills are required. Theological training or spiritual maturity is important. Salary is $28,000 to $30,000. Send résumé to The Christian Association, 3601 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6224.
  • The Middle East Research and Information Project, a progressive non-profit organization in Washington, D.C., seeks an executive director responsible for development and strategic planning. Qualifications: institutional/individual fund-raising experience, excellent communication skills, commitment to democratic management, knowledge of the Middle East. Salary is $35,000- $40,000. Mail a cover letter, résumé, and three references to: MERIP Search, c/o Stella Jones, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA 23173.
  • Progressive Baptist congregation is seeking an associate pastor to provide staff leadership in Christian education, missions, and youth in an inclusive, covenant community of 300 in metropolitan Atlanta. Affiliated with American Baptist Churches, Alliance of Baptists, Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Send profiles by February 1, 1999, to Search Committee, Oakhurst Baptist Church, 222 East Lake Dr., Decatur, GA 30030.
  • A faculty position is available in the Pastoral Studies/Practical Theology Department at Bangor Theological Seminary to teach courses in preaching, supervised practice program, and pastoral studies. Pastoral, preaching, and teaching experience required, earned terminal degree with strong theological component. Deadline for applications is February 1, 1999. Applications accepted until position is filled. Mail résumé and letters of reference to Ansley Coe Throckmorton, President, Bangor Theological Seminary, 300 Union St., Bangor, ME 04401; fax (207) 942-4914. An equal opportunity employer.
  • A full-time pastoral associate position in a 150-family Roman Catholic church in inner-city Brooklyn is available. The church attempts to be a contemplative and active presence in its neighborhood. There are many possibilities for ministry; lay and ordained, men and women are welcome to apply. Salary is negotiable. Please call (718) 625-0794.
  • Volunteer/community outreach coordinator sought for low-income senior housing program. Recruit and lead volunteers; responsible for full range of public relations and outreach to business, church, schools, and community. Salary is $20,000. Send résumé to CCGH, P.O. Box 29643, Washington, DC 20017.
  • Miami Urban Ministries, a 25-year-old social justice and outreach agency, seeks an executive director to expand programs and funding base. Ecumenical programs emphasize children and youth, faith- and church-based community programs, immigrant and minority issues, and social advocacy. Responsibilities and skills needed include administration, communication, fund raising, facilitation, collaboration, and "people" skills. Salary and benefits are competitive, commensurate with experience. A United Methodist connection is helpful. Send letter and résumé to Geoff Anderson, 5767 NW 98th Court, Miami, FL 33178; (305) 477-2727.
  • The Hood River Valley Legalization Project, a grassroots non-profit organization that offers immigration and naturalization services to local farm worker families, is seeking to fill a part-time program coordinator position. The job involves approximately 25-30 hours per week at a $1,000/month salary. Applicants must be bilingual and biliterate in Spanish and English and have good written and oral communication skills. Prior immigration and/or farm worker community experience is helpful but not required. Sense of humor preferred. Contact Karen Murphy-Mendez, P.O. Box 830, Hood River, OR 97031; (541) 386-3433; kjmenphy@aol.com.

Retreats and Conferences

  • Jobs with Justice will hold its annual meeting February 26-28, 1999, in Louisville, Ky. Several hundred people from 30-plus labor-community-religious coalitions around the United States will gather for speakers, workshops, strategy, and fun. Topics include religion and labor, the right to organize, living wage, sweatshops, and more. For more information, call the Jobs with Justice national office, (202) 434-1106.

Miscellaneous

  • A former death row inmate is seriously considering writing a book but needs help. Writing and technical assistance (non-financial) is sought. Please contact John Matson #626762, Rt. 2 Box 4400, Gatesville, TX 76597.

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

Tracy L. Long, #482911, P.O. Box 9200, New Boston, TX 75570-9200; Clyde Foster, #044067 A1-142, Taylor Correctional Institution, P.O. Box 1728, Perry, FL 32348; Bridgette C. Moore, #610657, Rt. 2, Box 600, Marlin, TX 76661; Martin Castilleja, Jr., Ross Correctional Institution, #306-713 [4-B], P.O. Box 7010, Chillicothe, OH 45601; Shelton Thomas, ADC#39732, Arizona State Prison Complex, P.O. Box 8200, Florence, AZ 85232; John Rackley, #771841, Washington State Penitentiary, 1313 N. 13th Ave., Walla Walla, WA 99362.

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