UU Urban Ministry: Bethany House for Women

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Institution: The UU Urban Ministry (UUUM) was founded 1826 when Rev. Joseph Tuckerman established a ministry-at-large with the dual focus of empowering Boston’s most underprivileged citizens and transforming the spiritual consciousness of its most privileged residents. The mission of the UUUM is to unite communities and transform individuals through education, service, and advocacy. The ministry engages communities and congregations in social action and change with programs that empower youth and adults to realize their full potential.

Location: Boston, Mass., USA

Volunteer Placement: This two-month internship will be based at Bethany House (UUUM’s newest program), which provides safe and affordable living for low-income women between the ages of 18 and 30. Interns will assist the director of Bethany House in running the day-to-day operations as well as building relationships in the community and with UU congregations. The intern will also assist the resident coordinators in planning and carrying out events and gatherings for the well-being of Bethany residents.

Timeframe: July and August 2013

Housing: Housing will be provided in the home of a local UU family or arranged by UUSCJ, at no cost to the intern.

Supervision and Support: The Bethany House director will provide supervision for the intern. UUCSJ staff will be available for support and weekly check-in.

Costs and Stipend: Housing is provided free of charge. UUCSJ provides a stipend of $1,200 ($150 per week) and a transportation card for the local public transportation. Interns are responsible for their own meals and for travel to and from the Boston Back Bay area.

[hidden]Application: Summer internships will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. To apply, send UUCSJ a letter of interest that includes all relevant studies, work, or volunteer experience and names the specific internship for which you are applying. Please attach a resume and one letter of reference from your minister or another nonrelative adult who knows you well and can speak to your qualifications. Send to info@uucsj.org.[/hidden]

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Heather Vickery is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with UU congregations, State Action Networks, past UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) program participants, and regional staff in order to expand engagement in UUSC and UUCSJ’s work. As the Coordinator for Congregational Activism, she manages the workshop offerings and group visits to the UUSC/UUCSJ office and assists with communications for the Activism and Justice Education Team. Heather is an active member of the Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network and a dedicated dog-mom to her rescue puppy Nova.

Heather may be contacted at hvickery@uucsj.org and 617-301-4303