GreenRoots is a resident-led, grassroots, community-based organization with a track record spanning over twenty-five years of achieving significant environmental justice accomplishments and public health victories in Chelsea and East Boston, Massachusetts. GreenRoots’ mission is to achieve environmental justice and greater quality of life through collective action, unity, education and youth leadership across neighborhoods and communities. While GreenRoots is focused hyper-locally on Chelsea and East Boston, our work positively impacts the region and the state.
Originally established as a members’ committee, we focused on saving and replacing park space taken by the construction of new schools on Chelsea’s largest parks. However, our work quickly grew into more substantial and life-affecting environmental justice campaigns. In 2016, GreenRoots spun off into an independent organization to further our goals of dismantling structures of oppression and racism that contribute to environmental injustice and worsened public health. Now, close to 30 years later, Chelsea and East Boston have a strong movement of diverse, empowered and engaged residents who are fighting for healthier, cleaner, more just communities in which to live, work and play.
2. Job Description
GreenRoots is seeking a Community Organizing Fellow to support the work of GreenRoots’ team on environmental justice issues (including energy democracy, climate resilience, food justice, and transportation justice). The fellow will work with an internal team of folks to advance these projects with guidance from the Associative Executive Director, Director of Organizing, and Executive Director.
Responsibilities include, but not limited to:
● Provide support to the Organizing Team to expand capacity on new or existing projects ;
● Lead or develop short-term projects that increase community engagement with GreenRoots and support the organizational mission of environmental justice;
● Conduct outreach to residents in impacted neighborhoods; disseminate information; build trust;
● Represent the GreenRoots’ interests professionally with residents, utility companies, local businesses and organizations;
● Maintain information log, tracking: community outreach; meetings attended; project updates; status of resident engagement, etc.;
● Provide project information, where appropriate, on social media, in written media (both language outlets) and on radio Zumix;
● Host community meetings, local events and info sessions where appropriate;
● Provide bilingual flyers and contact information to closest and mostly likely to be impacted residents;
● Provide other support as requested by the Associative Executive Director, Director of Organizing, and Executive Director.
Life Together Corps members serve 32 hours per week in partner agencies. Up to 8 hours a week is spent in personal and professional development as a team within our organization.
Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Stipend, Training
Life Together provides training and support for radical Christian transformation. Contemplative, communal, and prophetic teachings and practices are woven throughout Life Together’s program.
All fellowships include service at one of our 14 placement sites and for Life Together; learning together through orientation, monthly trainings, retreats, and other opportunities; community experience through intentional living and prayer partners in one of 2 houses across Eastern Massachusetts; and spirituality deepened through chant, lectio divina, Christian meditation and spiritual direction.
We leverage strategic partnerships with high-impact churches, schools, and community agencies to train emerging leaders and to work toward structural change in local communities. In general, fellows will serve where the need is greatest. But their placements are also meant to be places where they can engage in work that speaks to their heart, challenges them to ask big questions, and brings them joy.
Site placements include churches and non-profit community agencies, and are located in the Greater Boston Area.
Fellows work 32 hours per week at their site. In the past, fellows have worked on education reform, hunger relief, health-care reform, civic engagement, job training, pastoral ministry, prison reform, and youth development. All fellows are supervised by an organizational staff member and will complete a learning agreement, along with midyear and final evaluations with their site supervisors.
Incoming fellows interview with host sites during their application process to Life Together. Site matching is done by Life Together staff based on (1) preferences given by both fellows and host sites and (2) the projected fit between the learning goals of the fellow and the needs of a site.
Life Together's curriculum focuses on nurturing strong leadership grounded in social justice and radical love. Fellows develop skills, practices, knowledge, and postures related to both interior and exterior leadership, and both personal and social transformation. The curriculum is designed so that fellows can put new skills into practice directly in their site placements and intentional communities, and regularly reflect on their experiences.
Our curriculum begins with an intensive two-week orientation, followed by day-long thematic workshops on the third Friday of each month. Some examples of training themes include: non-violent communication, community organizing, vocational discernment, public narrative movement-building, and anti-oppression. Trainings are facilitated by experienced local community leaders and our partners at the Mystic Soul Project.
In addition to attending training on Fridays, fellows share responsibility for the ongoing recruitment of future fellows and for fundraising. We believe the arts of recruitment and fundraising are critical skills in ministry and social change work that all of our fellows must learn. This learning happens primarily through a project called "Future Fellow Fundraising." This is a form of team-based fundraising and part of a collaborative campaign to raise $10,000 during the year. Each staff member and fellow is responsible for raising at least $600. The money raised goes to help pay the stipends and health insurance for the next cohort of fellows.
All Life Together fellows live in intentional Christian community for ten months. Fellows create their community’s Rule of Life, or living house covenant, to continually shape a healthy rhythm of fellowship, self-care, and communal worship. Fellows share a community meal together each Monday evening and meet several Friday mornings a month with Prayer Partners. Prayer Partners are volunteers—Life Together alumni, priests, spiritual directors, and friends of the program—who accompany our fellows in deepening their learning and spiritual growth as a community.
Fellows live in one of two intentional community houses located in Boston. Our houses are accessible by public transportation (the "T"). They include The Hill House at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Milton and our house in Brookline. The latter also serves as the program headquarters, with offices and training space.
During orientation and subsequent trainings, fellows learn contemplative worship composed of sacred chant, Lectio Divina scriptural meditation, centering prayer, and silence. Life Together’s SOFIA worship style was developed in partnership with the Leadership Development Initiative, and was especially influenced by the teachings of Episcopal priest and Christian contemplative, the Rev. Cythnia Bourgeault. Fellows have the opportunity to experiment with contemplative practices in their intentional communities and to lead worship in trainings throughout the year.
Fellows meet individually with a Still Harbor Spiritual Director once a month to intentionally engage with their personal spiritual formation. Twice a year, fellows also gather at Bethany House of Prayer for guided retreats to deepen community and spiritual self-awareness. Through our partnership with the Society of St. John the Evangelist, fellows are invited to initiate individual silent retreats at SSJE’s Cambridge monastery guesthouse and the Emery House retreat center in West Newbury free of charge throughout the year.
College Degree, GED/High School Diploma
Desired Certifications or Qualifications
Must be bilingual in Spanish and English.
Subject to criminal background check
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