Hagar's House Volunteer Staff Member, Home for Women & Children in New Orleans
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by Hagar's House
Times of day
Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
3401 Canal Street
January 2018 - January 2019 OR other dates (Dates may be discussed-- can be a six month to one year commitment, with length of commitment set ahead of time)
Volunteer House Staff Member
This is a volunteer, live-in position with a fun, dynamic and busy home for women and children. The position is unpaid, but volunteers are invited to live in an intentional community inside of First Grace United Methodist Church, walking distance from Hagar's House.
All are welcome to apply. However, people of color, people who identify as transgender, women, people who are bilingual in Spanish/English, & 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 in the afternoons & nights for two weekly shifts, eight to nine hours each. Shifts would be twice a week from 7 am to 3 pm, 3 pm to 11 pm or 3 pm to 12 am. In your application please confirm that these hours work for you.
- Attending a staff meeting each Monday, 9am-11am, + one monthly staff gathering that we schedule together
- 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 & be able to pursue a part time job and/or other interests/commitments.
However, if you choose to take advantage of the free housing for volunteers in the First Grace intentional community, there will be one community meal each week and one community meeting, as well as some household responsibilities/chores shared with roommates. The intentional community is also responsible for getting to know the wider First Grace community (which donates the volunteer housing). Sorry, no pets.
- The most important role of all Hagar's House staff, interns, and volunteers is to provide a safe home for residents that embodies a welcoming and peaceful spirit.
- This is done by working "on duty" shifts where you help make Hagar's House a safer, more beautiful space for women and children in New Orleans.
Primary 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 & compassionately present with residents, coworkers & other members of the Hagar's House community
- Resource assistance, coordination, and referrals
- Answering phone calls
- Helping with upkeep of the facility, cleaning, physical maintenance and home improvements
- If a resident has transitioned, make sure that room is clean and linens are washed
- Act as mediator for conflict
- Supervise housework, encourage and help maintain cleanliness
- Shop for food and household needs
- Assist Residents with resume writing and/or job searches
- Helping to welcome & coordinate short term or program volunteers
- Help coordinate holistic health and social justice programs
- Providing transportation to appointments (in our house car)
- Helping organize and implement creative fundraisers
- Facilitating an in-house Program: i.e. weekly house meetings, knitting, sewing, kids group, music circle, crocheting, art, photography, gardening, nutritional consulting, poetry, movement/dance, conversations on race, conversations on gender, cooking, bike maintenance, reading group, etc.
HOURS are generally:
- Two weekly eight to nine hour shifts
- Occasionally coming in early or staying late (in emergency situations, or to accommodate a resident's work schedule)
- Weekly Monday staff meetings, 9am-11am.
- Some special events, fundraisers and staff trainings that will fall on various days of the week throughout the year
- A monthly staff gathering (sometimes every other month), scheduled collectively
- 18-yrs old or older
- Enjoys kids
- Commitment for the entire time frame (6-12 months, beginning January 2018)
- Displays maturity, responsibility, trustworthiness, strong sense and understanding of social justice & advocacy, power & privilege, gender, systemic sexism, racism, classism, and a familiarity with New Orleans.
- 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 street car stop
- Access to phone, internet, computer, fax & copier for Hagar's House purposes
- Living in a Mid-City Location—Very close to City Park, Excellent Po-boys, French Quarter, Bayou St. John, Grocery Stores, Farmers market, Banks, Home Depot, Drug Stores, & a Post office
- Being a part of the vibrant community at First Grace UMC-- a community committed to challenging injustice and to celebrating diversity & our life together in New Orleans.
- Getting to know, support & learn from the amazing individuals & families at Hagar's House
How To Apply
Please send HagarsHouse@gmail.com an email with:
- Subject: "Volunteer Staff Member 2018-2019"
- 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 2018 - January 2019. If you are applying for different dates, please indicate them
- A note confirming that the shift hours work for you
- 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 2 should be supervisors from previous work or significant volunteer experience).
Please note: While the weekly hours are not negotiable, the start and end date may be, so please feel free to discuss openly with us in your initial email.