Volunteer Opportunities at Peace House

Our ambitions are rapidly outstripping our resources, primarily our human resources. To sustain our community services and programs, we need more volunteer help. Below is a list of opportunities. None require open-ended commitments. There are time estimates attached to each. Please see if any of these needs match your interests and your schedules. If they do, contact our office manager Rachel at info@peacehouse.net or 541-482-9625. She will integrate you into the work.

Program Work

Uncle Foods Diner
A labor-intensive operation.

  • Prep work in the kitchen such as chopping vegetables (3 hours beginning about 1 p.m.)
  • Serving (1-2 hours beginning at 4 p.m.)
  • Clean-up (1.5 hours beginning at 5 p.m.)

The meal is held every Tuesday. Volunteers work one Tuesday per month or more as they wish. They can do more than one of the three tasks.

Economic Justice

  • Help represent Peace House in the coalition called Campaign for Economic Justice (CEJ). CEJ meets monthly (except December) on the 4th Monday from 5:30 to 7:15 at the Oregon Education Association building on Highway 99 in south Medford across from the Grange. The primary requirement is to serve as a liaison between CEJ and Peace House, making timely reports to Peace House‘s head of staff. Beyond that, as interested, work on CEJ’s programs, such as Living Wage and organizing a Jackson County Worker Rights Board. (2-3 hours monthly basic. More as motivated)

  • Help represent Peace House in Health Care for All Oregon-Rogue Valley (HCAO-RV), part of a statewide coalition working for publicly funded, universal health care coverage. HCAO-RV meets monthly on the 1st Sunday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Grass Shack just off Highway 99 at the I-5 Phoenix exit. The primary requirement is to serve as a liaison between HCAO-RV and Peace House, making timely reports to Peace House‘s head of staff. Beyond that, as interested, help with the education, outreach, and organizing. (2-3 hours monthly basic. More as motivated)

Israel/Palestine 

Serve on a committee guiding the program. While work has begun (see story in this newsletter), the people involved haven’t been meeting regularly. We’d like to organize the committee and ask it to meet monthly. It will be responsible for planning and helping to implement, beginning with the teach-in at SOU on March 11. (Minimum 2 hours per month)

Culture of Peace Initiative-Ashland

Help Peace House participate in the collaborative work, including attending meetings as needed. Frequency of meeting varies, depending on where we are in moving toward creation of a citywide representative body. (2-4 hours per month in the near term)

Office Work

Managing room rental requests

A major service Peace House and South Mountain Friends Meeting offer to the community is low-cost room rental in the building we jointly own. That service involves the following tasks:

  • Handling inquiries and reservation requests that come in by phone or through the website. (1-2 hours per week)
  • Keeping the room reservations calendar up to date. (1 hour per week)
  • Showing potential renters around the facility. (1/2 hour per appointment)

The commitment need not be for every week or every appointment.

Processing voice mail messages

Checking the voice mail, noting in a call forms book the date, caller, subject, and phone number of each call. Some of this can be done from home. (15 minutes per day each workday)

Update databases and process bulk mailings

Peace House maintains a contributor database, plus creates databases for certain events (e.g. the Awards Dinner) and programs (e.g. chartered bus to Salem for lobbying on health care). Also, three times a year Peace House connects with its support base through “snail” mailings. Work on databases and mailings is occasional rather than weekly. We would like a pool of folks who could be called upon and would come in as their schedules permitted.

Representing Peace House on Joint Committee

Joint Committee is composed of two representatives from each of the two organizations that own the building. The committee oversees the maintenance of the facility and the room rentals (that work is contracted to Peace House). A good fit for someone who enjoys practical affairs like making decisions about contracted services. Also someone who is fairly available to come in and sign checks as needed. (2 hours bi-monthly plus occasional stops by office to sign checks).