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A Faith That Does Justice is a volunteer program that depends upon the donations of the time, talent and treasure of its participants.
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Volunteering with A Faith That Does Justice

A Faith That Does Justice is a volunteer program that depends upon the donations of the time, talent and treasure of its participants.

  • Some volunteers offer their time as telephone callers who reach out to our diverse and growing community about our workshops, Community Meetings, and our English for Speakers of Other Languages ministry (ESOL). Some serve as office assistants, or as coordinators and greeters at these same events. And some participate as teachers in our ESOL ministry, or by publicizing our program to socially conscious groups in the Boston area.
  • Other volunteers offer talents that help drive the mission of A Faith That Does Justice. These include the input of financial consultants, program developers, accountants, and people from different walks of life who offer direction and insight into possible new avenues of growth for our program to consider.
  • Still other volunteers offer their treasure to support and expand our growing program. We need the financial assistance of people of good will as we reach out to more and more of the vulnerable people in our midst. Please know that as a predominantly volunteer organization we have minimal overhead expenses. Consequently, the majority of any offering you make will reach people in need. Just fill out the donation form and follow the user-friendly instructions to make your donation to our work. Alternatively, you may also send a donation by mail to A Faith That Does Justice at the address listed on this website.

Please consider offering some of your time, talent and treasure to the work we have begun. Those who have joined us in this important journey feel a sense of fulfillment and even ownership of the work we are doing on behalf of those in need. It is a beautiful transformation to experience and worthy of your consideration.

Thank you for your interest in A Faith That Does Justice. We hope to see you in the coming weeks and months working alongside us in this exciting venture. We all have something to offer, and together we can work for a justice in which all God’s people can experience the basic human dignity they deserve.

Peter W. Gyves, SJ, MD
Founder and Director

Volunteer Opportunities

Leadership Positions

Director of Events (~ 8 to 12 hours per week)

We are seeking a creative Director of Events to develop and execute 3 Community Meetings, 4 English and 3 Spanish Workshops annually. The ideal candidate can:

  • Lead an event from idea generation to execution
    • Strong attention to detail and highly organized to keep event planning on schedule
    • Enjoys working collaboratively with other AFTDJ volunteers
    • Able to develop a plan and follow through and make needed modifications as the plan unfolds
    • Has an event schedule that provides ample time for publicity
    • Plan, organize, and run pre-event meetings with event panelists and AFTDJ volunteers to ensure a successful event
    • Assist with recruitment of Community Meeting Panelists and Workshop presenters
    • Recruit volunteers for in-person Community Meetings
    • Maintain a pipeline of potential workshop presenters
    • Work on different events concurrently
  • Organize and run virtual meetings
    • Able to assist with setting up a Zoom webinar by providing event description, questions for registrants
    • Comfortable with or willing to learn about various Zoom webinar and meeting controls
    • Comfortable with or willing to learn about roles in a webinar: Host, Co-Host, Panelist, Attendee
    • Able to hold a practice session in preparation for a Community Meeting
  • Work closely with the Directors of Community Engagement, Volunteer Engagement, and Marketing & Communications to increase event attendance
  • Send event flyers to partner organizations according to publicity schedule
  • Manage volunteer callers, including creating call lists & instructions, to promote events to partner organization

Community Engagement Positions

Community Engagement Ambassador (~ 4 hours per week)

Community Engagement Ambassador (~ 4 hours per week)

A Faith That Does Justice, Inc. (AFTDJ) is an interfaith organization that challenges people to experience God by living their faith intentionally in service to others. We do this by showing how unjust societal structures marginalize people and by acting to help those in need. We aspire to be heard in our communities as the voice of the most vulnerable among us.

The Community Engagement Ambassador, as a member of the Community Outreach Committee, plays a key role in promoting AFTDJ to marginalized people, institutions, and social service organizations. Increasing the reach of AFTDJ and its growing connections and engagement with the communities that it serves are the principal measures of success of the Community Engagement Ambassador.

Community Engagement Committee outreach to stakeholders and related goals are:

  • Marginalized People – Build engagement with communities of marginalized people, attend events that are targeted to marginalized people.
  • Organizations that Serve Marginalized People – Strengthen relationships with organizations that serve marginalized communities, so we are better able to meet the needs of the marginalized

The Community Engagement Ambassador will work closely with the Director of Community Engagement and other members of Community Engagement Committee as well as the Community Engagement Fellow in carrying out the responsibilities of Community Engagement Ambassador.

Qualifications:
Proficiency in a second language, preferably Spanish, Creole or other commonly spoken language in the city of Boston
Commitment to the mission and vision of A Faith That Does Justice in the interfaith spirit.
Resident of Boston or surrounding cities and towns.

Outreach & Engagement Fellow (20 hrs per week) PAID

OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT FELLOW

(Paid position – 20 hours per week)

Title: Outreach and Engagement Fellow

Reports To: The A Faith That Does Justice (AFTDJ) Outreach and Engagement Fellow will report to the Director of Community Engagement and work closely with the Director of the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program.

Job Overview: To support community outreach and engagement to build further trust in and expand our engagement with immigrant populations, AFTDJ is sponsoring an Outreach and Engagement Fellowship. The Outreach and Engagement Fellow will be responsible for building relationships with individuals, grass-roots leaders, and community-based organizations in Boston (specifically Roxbury, East Boston, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, and Dorchester) and other Metro Boston Communities such as Chelsea, Everett, Cambridge and Quincy to expand and enhance our relationships with immigrant and other populations who require beginner English language instruction and other related supportive services. The goal of this position is to better engage with community members and organizations and improve community awareness of AFTDJ to the end of making our immigrant focused programs and services accessible and trusted community resources.

Responsibilities and Duties

Successful candidates would spend 12 months as a half time (20 hours a week) Outreach and Engagement Fellow, responsible for:

  • Developing and implementing an Outreach Plan;
  • Identifying key community organizations and individuals with which AFTDJ should partner in promoting and further developing its engagement program;
  • Conducting outreach to target organizations through email, phone calls, and one-on-one meetings;
  • Attending community meetings as appropriate to represent AFTDJ;
  • Providing information to our audience regarding our programs for immigrants, and coordinating follow-up to secure program registrations; and
  • Making recommendations for AFTDJ program expansion and improvement.

Qualifications

·      Resident of Roxbury, East Boston, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain or Roslindale

·      High school diploma required

·      Enrollment in an advanced degree or professional certification program preferred

  • Native Spanish speaker and able to speak English

 

Phone caller (short assignments of ~ 2 to 5 hours)
A Faith That Does Justice (AFTDJ) is an interfaith organization that challenges people to experience God by living their faith intentionally in service to others. We do this by showing how unjust societal structures marginalize people and by acting to help those in need. Our vision is people intentionally living their faith in action. 

A phone caller for AFTDJ may be asked at different times to call our followers, people that we serve, organizations that we collaborate with and donors. The purpose of the calls varies but may include calls to inform people about upcoming events and programs, to ask for their assistance in promoting those programs, to seek other volunteers, to seek assistance from collaborating organizations on a specific project, and to seek financial contributions from prospective donors. 

On each assignment, a phone caller will utilize an AFTDJ script or talking points and a call list with contact information. We welcome multilingual callers. 

The duties and responsibilities of a phone caller: 

  • Delivering scripted talks that describe the purpose of the call 
  • Being a good listener, having empathy, treating each call individually and focusing on the other party 
  • Persuading the other party to act consistent with the purpose of the call 
  • Explaining the AFTDJ mission and vision 
  • Describing AFTDJ programs 
  • Answering questions about AFTDJ or referring questions to others in AFTDJ 
  • Obtaining the other party’s contact information such as name and address 
  • Recording highlights of the interaction with other parties, results of the call and requests from the other party 
  • Following up assigned calls that have not yet been completed 

English for Speakers of Other Languages Positions

ESOL Teacher/ESOL Substitute Teacher (~6 hours per week)

ESOL Teacher/ESOL Substitute Teacher (~6 hours per week)

Why teach English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)? 

Use teaching to serve social justice and build your own teaching skills. Help adult learners in vulnerable populations develop the language skills needed to obtain employment and to live successfully in this country. Through its interfaith mission to foster meaningful relationships and build solidarity with immigrants, the ESOL program of A Faith That Does Justice creates an expanded community network for teachers as well as students. 

Course Description 

  • 12 weeks long, two days of 2-hour sessions per week 
  • Approximately 10 students grouped by proficiency levels (Beginner & Intermediate) 
  • 2 teachers and 2 tutors per class 
  • Classes are virtual using Zoom
  • Students are adults
  • Teachers are supported by ESOL Tutors and Student Relationship Managers (mentors)

Teacher Commitment and Expectations 

  • “Team teach” 1-3 sessions over a 12-month period 
  • Adapt provided curriculum to the needs of students 
  • Be present and prepared for all sessions 

Is this right for me? 

Teachers do not need to be bilingual as classes are taught in English. While prior teaching experience is preferred, it is not required. We seek teachers who are patient, engaging and dedicated to the mission of empowerment through education. AFTDJ is an interfaith program; members of all faiths and beliefs are welcome as both students and teachers. 

Full Time Teacher vs. Substitute? 

Full Time Teacher would be expected to teach class twice a week for a 12-week period. Substitute would be expected to be up to speed on class activities and lesson plans and be able to step in for Full Time Teacher on short notice in cases where the Full Time Teacher is not able to make a class.  

Interested? Next Steps: 

ESOL Tutor/ESOL Substitute Tutor (~ 6 hours per week)

ESOL Tutor/ESOL Substitute Tutor (~ 6 hours per week)

Why teach English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)? 

Use teaching to serve social justice and build your own teaching skills. Help adult learners in vulnerable populations develop the language skills needed to obtain employment and to live successfully in this country. Through its interfaith mission to foster meaningful relationships and build solidarity among Boston residents, the ESOL program of A Faith That Does Justice creates an expanded community network for tutors as well as students. 

Course Description 

  • 12 weeks long, two days of 2-hour sessions per week 
  • Approximately 10 students grouped by proficiency levels (Beginner & Intermediate) 
  • 2 tutors and teachers per class 
  • Classes are virtual using Zoom
  • Students are adults
  • Tutors are supported by ESOL Teachers and Student Relationship Managers (mentors)

Tutor Commitment and Expectations 

  • Tutor 1-3 class sessions over a 12-month period 
  • Work with students 1 on 1 during class 
  • Be present and prepared for all sessions
  • Tutor students as needed outside of class sessions 

Is this right for me? 

Tutors do not need to be bilingual as classes are taught in English, but the ability to speak Spanish is helpful. While prior tutoring experience is preferred, it is not required. We seek tutors who are patient, engaging and dedicated to the mission of empowerment through education. AFTDJ is an interfaith program; members of all faiths and beliefs are welcome as both students and teachers. 

Full Time Tutor vs. Substitute Tutor? 

Full Time Tutor would be expected to provide tutoring help twice a week for a 12‑week period. Substitute would be expected to be up to speed on class activities and lesson plans and be able to step in for Full Time Tutor on short notice in cases where the Full Time Tutor is not able to make a class.  

Interested? Next Steps: 

Lead Student Relationship Manager (~ 8 to 12 hours per week)

The Student Relationship Manager (SRM) is a mentor to a small number of prospective, current, and former adult English Language Learners. While they have no teaching or tutoring responsibilities, SRMs mentor and support students so they get the most benefit possible from participation in the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program of A Faith That Does Justice. Doing so requires SRMs to have frequent engagement with students, teachers, and tutors. The SRM must have strong interpersonal skills and speak Spanish and/or Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Russian, etc., preferably as a native, as well as English.

The Lead SRM has all of the qualifications of an SRM and has the skills to lead other SRMs. This role description includes the duties of a Lead SRM and an SRM since the Lead SRM will also have their own students for whom they act as SRM.

Lead SRM duties include:

Onboarding

In order for each volunteer to understand the organization, class structures and how to successfully work with the various other volunteers, a strong onboarding experience is critical. Trainings, platform protocols/guidelines, regular check ins and “know who to contact when…” are resources that many still need to have in place. User adoption of technology tools needs to be addressed immediately and will ensure everyone is confident in their role.

 

  • Provide AFTDJ email and confirm successful login. Set expectations for use of this account for AFTDJ relevant communications
  • Add user to Slack and confirm user fluency. Provide introduction to new users and solidify best practices and user settings. Confirm individual channel assignments
  • Review SharePoint access and document sharing best practices
  • Appoint an SRM buddy for new SRMs and encourage attendance of SRM meetings
  • Assess any technology training needs (MS Teams, Slack, Excel, Zoom, WhatsApp, etc)

Introductions

As SRMs begin to support students, they need to understand their own role within the AFTDJ process cycle and structure.  Introductions need to clearly identify who and how often they will work with and support each term. Teachers need to know who are their assigned SRMs.  Students need to understand the SRM role and how they will support them. SRMs also need to feel confident in knowing that they are supported and where to go when they face challenges.

 

General introductions:

MS Teams or Slack introduction to AFTDJ volunteers and JVS partners seems to be a good first step.  This is a general, more public introduction.

 

SRM leadership and support structures:

It is not always clear who the SRM looks to for addressing challenges or reporting concerns.  There is a sense of shared responsibilities across the different roles but no sense of a reporting structure.  In a volunteer run organization, this can be difficult, but it is important to understand roles and know who is there to support you. Many times, it has been confusing because instructions or messaging from varying leaders have also been in conflict. This can leave volunteers disenfranchised and lacking trust in the organizational strategies and structures. Check-ins and meetings each cycle can be helpful to keep things “in sync.” 

 

Assigned classroom teachers:

SRMs and teachers should have clear, more direct introductions to each other.  Then a designated space (MS Teams or Slack DM group), where they can communicate and collaborate directly, should be created.  This needs to happen quickly so that relationship and process building can be in place as SRMs begin reaching out to students.

 

Assigned classroom students:

Before an SRM reaches out to a student, they should be aware of the student’s primary language, and which students may be new to AFTDJ.  For new SRMs, providing a script could be helpful.  This first step to meeting students can be confusing.  Students engage with several different representatives during their registration process and it is important to start this relationship on the right foot. Consider a 1st day of class outreach by an SRM to the students they will work with. Some returning students may still feel comfortable communicating with previous SRMs and we should consider this in the communication strategy.

 

Implementation

Providing SRM volunteers with the right tools, leading with clear communications and supporting each other along the way…these are key elements to successfully retain SRMs as they continue to support ESOL students. A calendar with advance notice for all recruitment activities, classes, meetings and any additional known commitments is integral to meeting the needs and goals of the ESOL program and its volunteers.

 

Collaboration strategies:

Naturally, each class team (teachers, tutors and SRMs) will have different styles for collaboration. There is, however, an opportunity for setting some high level structure and tips.  Document sharing, attendance reporting, SRM update log and any other cross organization collaboration can be outlined to better guide volunteers through each cycle.

 

Registration:

Advance communications around registration should be sent with enough lead time to understand who is available to assist in the process as well as clear expectations for completing the tasks. It is important to understand the program’s time horizons and what needs can be met by SRMs? Example – SIF process: Inquire which SRMs are available and ensure all have access to the same document with clear assignments and updates entered in one place.

 

Recruitment and Registration deadlines:

Limiting recruitment and registration efforts to not continue once a class cycle has begun, can better serve the students who registered on time and minimize the pressure and workload on teachers and SRMs

 

Class start:

Similar to the registration process, understanding the start of a class term and the calendar (holidays, length of time) of the term should be communicated to all volunteers.  Any SRMs that are not available during a long stretch of time within a term, should communicate this to teachers (anyone else?).

 

Consistent participation vs Absence:

As we see nonresponsive students or students who begin to miss the majority of classes, it is important to understand where to draw the line.  Attention to committed students and keeping SRM resources focused and engaged should be the ultimate goal. Accountability for those who do not respond to messages and continue to miss class is an important lesson for all involved.

 

Attendance and feedback:

Creating a standard for attendance tracking and SRM updates is not only helpful for keeping tasks organized, but will certainly keep all volunteers informed.  Providing direct guidance if a student needs extra attention, or providing positive feedback is a great way to guarantee we’re all in sync.

 

Conduct and setting boundaries:

It is important that all volunteers and students feel safe and that all members of the community act with respect and kindness.  Community standards could be a helpful place to begin setting those expectations.  This can include the use of language, the use of technology (WhatsApp and Zoom), or any environment in which words and physical space can be used to harm or disrespect someone.

 

Other needs outside of SRM role:

Tasks or volunteer opportunities that are outside of the specified SRM role should be recruited across various volunteers.  Clear deadlines and communications should be provided as additional needs may arise.  In general, this seems to be a challenge when seeking help, especially when very short notice is provided. Consider a directory of ad hoc volunteers that could be “tapped” for certain tasks that may arise.  This could be good for folks who can’t commit to longer term but can step in for very short assignments.

 

In Summary

Volunteers are dedicated to a mission in which they strongly believe. The nature of such work is that most are contributing their free time and managing it between their full-time jobs, home life and so much more.  There is no “one schedule” for this growing team and building these structures will keep the organization on the best path for success.

 

SRM duties include:

  • Frequent engagement by email, text, and phone calls with each student to provide recognition of their efforts and acknowledge the challenges of learning a new language.
  • Encourage active and on-going attendance and follow up with any student who is absent to offer genuine concern, help, and support in an “all out” effort to enable the students to obtain the best from the program.
  • Surveys students on class content and value to the student
  • Identify health and social services needed by a student and work with the Director of the ESOL Program to refer the student to organizations providing the needed the services.
  • Periodically meet with the Lead SRM to discuss overall student needs and resources available to them.
  • Provide “light weight” technical support to any student needing assistance with accessing or downloading apps required for class.
  • Recruit new ESOL students.
  • Maintain contact with former ESOL students and monitor their progress.
  • Encourage students to actively participate in AFTDJ Community Meetings and Workshops
  • Support AFTDJ public communications by relating non confidential student experiences and stories in support of the program.
Student Relationship Manager (~ 4 to 8 hours per week)

Student Relationship Manager (~ 4 to 8 hours per week)

The Student Relationship Manager (SRM) is a mentor to a small number of prospective, current, and former adult English Language Learners. While they have no teaching or tutoring responsibilities, SRMs mentor and support students so they get the most benefit possible from participation in the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program of A Faith That Does Justice. Doing so requires SRMs to have frequent engagement with students, teachers, and tutors. The SRM must have strong interpersonal skills and speak Spanish and/or Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Russian, etc., preferably as a native, as well as English.

Duties include:

  • Frequent engagement by email, text, and phone calls with each student to provide recognition of their efforts and acknowledge the challenges of learning a new language.
  • Encourage active and on-going attendance and follow up with any student who is absent to offer genuine concern, help, and support in an “all out” effort to enable the students to obtain the best from the program.
  • Surveys students on class content and value to the student
  • Identify health and social services needed by a student and work with the Director of the ESOL Program to refer the student to organizations providing the needed the services.
  • Periodically meet with the Lead SRM to discuss overall student needs and resources available to them.
  • Provide “light weight” technical support to any student needing assistance with accessing or downloading apps required for class.
  • Recruit new ESOL students.
  • Maintain contact with former ESOL students and monitor their progress.
  • Encourage students to actively participate in AFTDJ Community Meetings and Workshops
  • Support AFTDJ public communications by relating non confidential student experiences and stories in support of the program.

Marketing & Communications Positions

Google Ads Grant Manager (~ 2 to 5 hours per week)

A Faith That Does Justice has received a grant for Google Ads and is seeking a volunteer to assist in the planning, management, and optimization of ad campaigns. In this role, you will be the hands-on manager and will be responsible for setup, management, ongoing optimization, and implementation.

Job Role

  • Manage Google Ads account
  • Participate in forming, monitoring and optimizing effective strategies that reach intended audiences
  • Assist communication team in keyword selection and audience targeting
  • Monitor ads grant budget and adjust bids to gain better ROI
  • Track KPIs and produce reports to assess performance and pinpoint issues
  • Assist in writing attractive and concise copy for adverts
  • Recommend ways to reduce risk of click fraud

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in digital marketing
  • Experience in data analysis and reporting
  • Knowledge of SEO and digital marketing concepts
  • Familiarity with Google Ads
  • Proficient in MS Office (particularly Excel)
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Analytical thinking
Communication Specialist (~ 2 to 5 hours per week)

The Communications Specialist is responsible for supporting the AFTDJ Director of Communications in our social media, email and other outreach efforts. The principal activities are:

  • Publicity and social media outreach

 

  • Support email campaigns

 

  • Develop newsletters, blog posts and social media posts

 

  • Maintain Social Media presence

 

 

 

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