We are always relying on the generous donations from community members to help support our refugees in their acculturation into American society. Even the smallest donation can help to provide a warm welcome for a newly-arrived family to the United States.
We graciously accept any sort of donation you are able to provide. Such donations include non-perishable groceries, appliances, electronics, other household items, and gift cards to stores such as Target, Stop & Shop, or WalMart. We also accept clothing, but we do ask that it is in good condition (i.e. no stains, rips, patches, or signs of extremely visible wear.) A donation of any amount can go a long way for our clients, who are constantly working hard every day to better their new lives here in the United States.
We rely on dedicated volunteers to provide many of our services to clients. We happily welcome new volunteers who are able to work independently with minimal supervision and who have an interest or experience in one of our program areas. Those interested should read more about volunteer roles below.
Youth volunteers are a necessary part of the program. Up to 40 middle and high school students may come in one afternoon and many require 1-on-1 homework assistance or tutoring. Many students are newly arrived and are still learning English. These students need extra attention so that they will not fall behind in school. Volunteers also play games and interact with students, monitoring student behavior and maintaining a positive environment. We ask that volunteers in the youth program commit to at least one day a week during youth program hours (Mon-Thurs, 3-5pm). Prior experience working with youth and/or tutoring is useful but not necessary.
As class sizes are large, our English students benefit from extra attention and support. Students who have never learned to read or write in their own language need additional support in becoming literate in English. Literacy volunteers work 1-on-1 or with small groups. It is preferred that literacy volunteers have prior experience. English volunteers without literacy experience may also work with ESL by leading conversation groups or study circles. For all English volunteers, English teaching experience is preferred; however, we can provide some support and training for dedicated individuals. We ask that English volunteers commit to at least one day a week during ESL program hours (Monday to Thursday, 9:30am-12:00pm).
It can be difficult to provide individualized job training and skills development to meet the variety of client needs. Volunteers can assist clients in filling out job applications and developing resumes and provide computer skills training and job search assistance. Volunteers may work 1-on-1 with clients or with a group of clients who have similar employment needs. Volunteers must have a basic understanding of U.S. employment, experience in resume writing, or knowledge of computer skills. Volunteer schedules are flexible, but we ask that volunteers commit to at least one day per week, generally during ESL program hours (Monday to Thursday, 9:30am-12:00pm).
Those with experience in another area related to our services are also encouraged to volunteer. Some examples of valuable experience include: intepreting, website maintenance, dance or arts, immigration or law, health, elders, or event planning. You may contact the office for more information on how to contribute skills in these areas.