Hours per week
16 - 20 hours
January 2019 - January 2020
(Duration may be discussed, but a minimum nine month commitment is required)
This is a volunteer position with a dynamic and busy home for women and children. The position is unpaid, but advocates receive housing in exchange for 16 - 20 hours per week of work. Housing for Hagar’s House advocates is in an intentional community inside of First Grace United Methodist Church, walking distance from Hagar's House. Each resident of the intentional community has their own room. Kitchen, living area and bathrooms are shared.
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 shifts per week. Shift hours are Saturday 7 am - 3 pm and Sunday 7 am - 3 pm. In your application please confirm that these hours work for you.
- Attending a staff meeting each Monday, 9:15 am-11 am
- Occasionally swapping with other Hagar’s House volunteer staff for shift coverage during illness and time off
- Assisting with other house events & 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 meeting 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 safe home for residents that embodies a welcoming and peaceful spirit. This is done by working shifts where you help make Hagar's House a 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
- Assisting Hagar’s House residents with resource assistance, coordination, and referrals
- Assisting parents with childcare
- Answering phone calls
- Daily upkeep of the house, including cleaning, physical maintenance and home improvements
- 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:
- Two week training period consisting of up to 40 hours a week
- After training, working 16 - 20 hours per week in exchange for housing.
- Saturday 7 am - 3 pm, Sunday 7 am - 3 pm
- Occasionally coming in early or staying late in emergency situations, or to accommodate a resident's work schedule
- Weekly Monday staff meetings, 9:15 am-11 am.
- Some special events, fundraisers and staff training that will fall on various days of the week throughout the year
- Occasional staff gathering
- 18-yrs old or older
- Enjoys kids
- Commitment for the entire time frame (9 + months)
- Display maturity, 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, walking distance from Hagar's House (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
HOW TO APPLY
Please send HagarsHouse at gmail dot com email with:
- Subject: "Hagar’s House Advocate 2019-2020"
- Your resume
- A paragraph on why you are interested in Hagar's House and this position, and
- A note stating if you are able to commit from January 2019 - January 2020 and that the Saturday 7 am - 3 pm and Sunday 7 am - 3 pm shifts work for you
- Please indicate your exact start and end dates
- Three references including each reference's name & contact info, your relationship, and the amount of time they have known you. One can be a personal or academic reference but the other two should be supervisors from previous work or significant volunteer experience.