The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
BACKGROUND: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home. Domestically, our 22 offices across the U.S. ensure new arrivals have food, shelter, and clothing, and work with refugees to help them gain self-sufficiency.
SCOPE OF WORK: The Unaccompanied Child (UAC) program supports unaccompanied minors by providing an array of social services. The Unaccompanied Child (UAC) Program volunteer will help the department with administrative, casework and interpretation assistance.
Conduct client follow up through phone and email for missing information
Assist caseworker with updating case files with relevant information
Interact with the Refugee’s family anchor regarding appointment, missing information and assist with any resettlement questions
Conduct translation and interpretation
Clerical work such as filing, copying, labeling
Occasionally conduct home visits (in company of UAC Caseworker)
Must be culturally sensitive and respectful of various backgrounds, lifestyles and beliefs
Comfortable making phone calls/cold calls
Respect client privacy and treat family information as confidential
Flexibility, resourcefulness, and easy-going attitude a plus
Fluent in English; Fluency in Spanish.
Report volunteer hours monthly to volunteer management staff