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Summer Volunteer Drivers - BRIDGES Program

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ORGANIZATION: Refugee Education Center

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Project Faulu
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Project Faulu Drivers work closely with the Student Programs Coordinator and the assigned family of refugee students. The summer B.R.I.D.G.E.S. program stands for Building Refugee Independence and Delivering Guidance for Educational Success. It focuses on helping newcomer refugee students in the areas of language acquisition and fluency, STEAM, and socio-emotional wellbeing.

Drivers are responsible for safely transporting the students to and from their homes and the Summer B.R.I.D.G.E.S program location. The program runs for 7 weeks, Monday- Thursday, June 20 st to August 4 th. We ask that drivers commit to transporting the same number of students from the assigned family each day. Pick up will be between 8:30-9:00AM and drop off is between 12:30-1:00PM. Drivers are also responsible for administering the daily 5-question COVID survey for the adult of the household (written and audio message provided in the home language) and following the appropriate COVID protocols for transporting students.

Requirements:

  • Must be a Michigan Resident, or have temporary residency in Michigan.
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Be at least 21 years of age.
  • Safe Driving Record
  • State required liability insurance.
  • Mandatory background check
  • Ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Ability to work with children of all ages (K-12).

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Can interact compassionately with the refugee families.
  • Can focus with young children in the backseat.
  • Availability at scheduled times and punctual.
  • Can drive safely in many weather conditions.
  • Commit to volunteering consistently on a weekly basis.
  • Demonstrate teamwork and integrity with staff, fellow volunteers, students, and their families.
  • Attend required trainings.

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About Refugee Education Center

Location:

2130 Enterprise St. SE, Kentwood, MI 49503, US

Mission Statement

We support refugees in their journey to become fully participating members of the West Michigan community. We envision a thriving, multicultural West Michigan community where all have an opportunity to pursue a better future!

Description

The Refugee Education Center is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Grand Rapids, MI. The organization was founded in 2006 by a passionate group of Somali Bantu refugees who, as an ethnic group in their native country, were persecuted and prohibited to receive formal education. Upon arrival to the United States, community leaders recognized the incredible new opportunity to receive education and participate in the community as equals. They organized and created the The Somali Bantu Community of West Michigan to support their children as they began their new education in a foreign land. The organization grew to support all refugees in 2008 as the West Michigan Refugee Education and Cultural Center - and changed once again to the Refugee Education Center in 2016. While our name has changed, our vision has not. It has been, and is, central to the organization to share the knowledge learned from a first-person perspective of navigating the education system and refugee services and ultimately supporting the estimated 25,000 refugees in West Michigan to become fully participating members of the community (via these program services.)

CAUSE AREAS

Children & Youth
Community
Immigrants & Refugees
Children & Youth, Community, Immigrants & Refugees

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

2130 Enterprise Street SouthEastKentwoodKentwood, MI 49508

(42.8824,-85.61256)
 

SKILLS

  • Transportation
  • Adult Education
  • Event Management
  • Case Work / Management
  • Bus/Van Driving
  • General Education

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 5-10 Hours Weekly (Flexible)
  • We work with your schedule!

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