To learn more about volunteer opportunities come to one of our volunteer orientations. Volunteer orientations take place every third Wednesday of the month at our Arlington office (901 S. Highland Street. Arlington, VA) at 6 pm, and once a month on a varied date at our Silver Spring office (8121 Georgia Ave, Suite 800, Silver Spring, MD 20910) at 6:30 pm. For more information and for when the Silver Spring sesion is this month, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer opportunities are available at our Arlington & Maryland office.
Assist ACC Case Managers in welcoming and providing Reception & Placement services to newly arrived refugee. Help with locating affordable housing, find furnishings and necessary household goods to set up apartment for a new family; provide transportation and accompany clients to appointments, and remaining with them throughout the appointment to ensure its completion (types of appointments include applying for Social Security cards, ESL and school registration, applying for a state ID at a DMV office, trips to the grocery store, and doctor appointments).
Help collect and distribute in-kind resources for newly arrived refugees. Resources include hygiene products, kitchen ware and utensils, bedding, towels, cleaning products, and warm clothing.
Provide a warm welcome to an arriving refugee family by helping to prepare their first home. This may include cleaning the apartment, arranging household items and/or furniture, checking for repairs, and greeting the family at the airport. This is could be ongoing opportunity for volunteer with limited availability during normal ‘office hours’.
Provide support and encouragement to new refugees, immigrants, and asylee in search of employment by: assisting in job search application process, practicing interview skills, creating a résumé and providing transportation for job-related activities. Assist staff by organizing employment workshops and support groups. Help a new resident secure employment, while gaining insight to the refugee experience and learning about a new culture.
As a First Friend, you will be assigned to a refugee family. The goal of the First Friend Program is for refugees and volunteers to build relationships and participate in cultural exchange as the refugee families resettle. Through this process, refugees and First Friends come to see one another as friends. To be a Frist Friend, whether you are the refugee or the volunteer, is to be a friend, a cultural adviser, a teacher, and a learner.
• Help the family learn about and adjusts to their new culture and environment.
• Help with appointments and social services.
• Provide encouragement and support when needed.
• Assist clients in connecting with community resources.
• Help understand public transportation, food shopping, financial literacy, utilizing the library etc.
• Practice reading/writing/speaking English.
• Be a friend not a case manager.
To volunteer/ with ECDC/ACC you must fill out a volunteer application, attend a volunteer orientation, and pass a background check. Once you have completed the orientation and application process, the Resources Development Coordinator will contact and inform you about the status of your application.
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