QUEST CENTER FOR INTEGRATIVE HEALTH: WOMEN OF WISDOM (WOW) NUTRITION AND CHILDCARE VOLUNTEER
Reports to: WOW Facilitator, HIV Services Program Coordinator
Hours: Wednesdays; Food Prep Shift 2-4 PM, Childcare Shift (if needed) 4:30-7 PM
Are you the kind of person who shows affection by preparing tasty and nourishing meals for others?Have you been looking for an opportunity to give back and engage meaningfully in your community?
The Quest Center for Integrative Health is currently looking for someone that is interested in doing just that, by volunteering their time as a Nutrition and Childcare Volunteer for the Women of Wisdom program!
The Quest Center for Integrative Health has provided holistic healthcare services to people living with HIV/AIDS since 1989. Today, our Women of Wisdom (W.O.W.) program serves as the only psychosocial support service specific to HIV-positive women in all of Oregon and southwest Washington.
For years, the Women of Wisdom program has been offering a community of support and sisterhood to women living with HIV, and their children. The WOW program prides itself on providing a safe space for connecting, learning, and never eating Wednesday dinner alone. Every Wednesday, WOW offers a rotating schedule of education programs, wellness workshops, and drop-in support groups with free childcare and nutritious community meals.
Quest is currently seeking a compassionate Nutrition & Childcare Volunteer to help support both the food service and childcare aspects of this fantastic program. We provide childcare completely free to our W.O.W. members so that they can attend this support group. This is a rewarding opportunity to work with women and children in your community!
ABOUT THE POSITION
Since WOW is a drop-in group and attendance varies, this position requires some flexibility. Volunteers will be asked to help with a consistent food prep shift from 2-4PM, followed by a tentative childcare shift from 4:30-7, depending on whether or not children are present. The number of children present can vary weekly, though maximum is usually 4 children. When no children are in attendance, the volunteer will be welcome to share dinner with our group, and then be relieved of duties. When possible, Quest staff will provide advance notice that childcare is not needed.
Volunteers will work alongside our talented nutritionist Heidi Nestler, who is an expert in traditional meals and food fermentation, and owns Wanpaku Foods, along with her two sons. As well as working to prepare healthy, delicious, and anti-inflammatory meals for the Women of Wisdom program, Heidi is also our Community Nutrition Night Coordinator every Thursday night.
Benefits include the opportunity to gain learn more about nutritious food preparation from a local expert, gain experience with childcare, and provide meaningful support to help the Women of Wisdom family grow and thrive.
FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES:
- Coordinate plans for meal preparation with Heidi
- Assist Heidi with weekly food preparation and dinner set up
- Operate with the goal of providing nutritious, nourishing, and delicious meals to the WOW family
- Help collect and incorporate feedback on food allergies and preferences
- Provide meal preparation support for holidays and special events, if available
Child Care Provision:
- Create a safe, enjoyable environment for a small number of children (usually between 1-6 children) ranging in ages from infant to grade school age.
- Provide engaging activities to children to help ensure that the WOW program agenda can be carried out as planned, without interruption.
- Provide fun and/or educational activities using supplies provided by Quest
- Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age
- Ability to pass a background check related to working with children
- Experience working with children
- Cultural humility regarding issues of race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and class
- Ability to effectively interact with co-workers and clients with diverse backgrounds
- Must adhere to agency’s code of conduct and non-discrimination policies
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply for this position, please contact HIV Services Program Coordinator Jenya Gluzberg at: firstname.lastname@example.org
People of color and those who identify as LGBTQ+ strongly encouraged to apply.