Haifa is Israel's third largest city located in the northern part of Israel at the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Haifa is one of the most diverse cities in the country, officially deemed a mixed city indicating a large proportion of Arab residents living alongside Jewish residents. Haifa is home to multiple minority groups and many social change initiatives as well as many women's organizations. The Haifa municipality recently launched the Haifa for All initiative, a strategic action plan to promote gender equality in all municipal departments and projects across the city.
SAMPLE VOLUNTEER PLACEMENTS IN HAIFA
Haifa Municipality – Community Development Department
The Community Development Department serves to create a meaningful connection between individual residents, neighborhoods and the municipality and aims to realize a wide variety of potential civil involvement and social innovation projects. Yahel Fellows placed in the department assist both with administrative and practical elements around the initiation of projects addressing sustainability and community gardening, creating shared spaces where communities can be involved in different informal projects.
The Haifa Women's Crisis Shelter
The Haifa Women's Crisis Shelter is a shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children. The Shelter's mission is to provide physical and emotional protection and legal aid for its residents, and to take care of the various needs of the women and children who come to the shelter. Yahel Fellows take on responsibilities withing the shelter and assist with logistical support and planning activities for different age groups.
Hand in Hand
Hand in Hand brings together thousands of Jews and Arabs in six schools and communities throughout Israel including Jerusalem, the Galilee, Wadi Ara, Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Haifa, Tira & Kfar Saba and many more continually joining. Hand in Hand's communities extend far beyond the walls of the classroom including outreach for parents, extended families and neighbors. The unique model of integrated classrooms, bilingualism, multiculturalism and equality is building a broader movement of co-existence. Yahel Fellows are an integral part of the staff at the school and take part in either preschool or elementary afterschool activities, and work on particular projects related to their skills and interests such as content development, creating marketing materials, assisting in field research and resource development.
Hiyot is a non-profit organization for the Ethiopian Community in Israel. In response to the difficult circumstances the Ethiopian community faces, a group of socially and politically active Ethiopian Israeli women came together to improve the community's current situation. Their primary focus is on programming in youth centers and afterschool programs in neighborhoods across Haifa and the surrounding area. Yahel Fellows will assist at afterschool youth centers for Ethiopian Israeli teenagers and will be structured primarily around informal education.
HRCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to opposing sexual violence in all its forms. HRRC provides survivors of sexual violence and their families with both emotional and practical support, fights all forms of sexual abuse against children, youth, women and men. HRCC works to end sexual violence through community outreach, advocacy and educational programs. In addition, HRCC is active in training professionals to respond to sexual violence survivors and address sexual assault in an educated and sensitive manner. Yahel Fellows Interning primarily work with the director of resource development, creating support for the organization, outreach and collaborations with likeminded organizations worldwide.