Somali speakers! Forms Assistance Navigator Volunteer: Downtown MPLS


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


Health Service Building525 Portland Ave SouthMinneapolis, MN 55415


Purpose: Volunteers will use their bi-lingual and customer service skills to contribute to a new program with the Hennepin County Human Services & Public Health Department to support Limited English Proficiency clients to fill out necessary forms.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with staff to help identify form needs of non-English speaking clients.
  • Greet Customers.
  • Fill out county forms with non-English speaking clients.
  • Work with staff to ensure clients receive needed services in a timely manner.
  • Collect data regarding services provided to improve this work as it evolves.
  • Work closely with the Coordinator of Volunteers to refine the Forms Assistance process.


  • Volunteers must have bi-lingual skills to help clients fill out necessary forms- Somali is the language that is most prevalent at this service center.
  • Volunteers must be fluent in conversational and written English.
  • Positive and flexible attitude with exceptional customer service skills.
  • Experience working with and serving diverse populations.
  • Good listening and communication skills.
  • The ability to establish and maintain appropriate boundaries with staff and clients, and maintain client confidentiality.
  • Volunteer must complete the application, interview and orientation process, provide 2 references, pass a background check, attend training program, and adhere to department policies.
  • A volunteer must be a minimum age of 18 years.

Time Commitment:

  • At least one 3-4 hour shift during weekdays between 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

  • At least a 3 month commitment to the program

Supervision: The volunteer will be supported by an onsite Coordinator.


  • Feedback is available / provided by an onsite Coordinator to assist volunteer in achieving the highest quality of work results.

  • Volunteers gain experience working with individuals from different language and cultural backgrounds.

  • Volunteers gain experience assisting staff in a county government Human Services department.

  • Volunteers gain experience in contributing to a relatively new program.

  • Volunteers experience the positive feelings of assisting people in need.

  • Volunteers can be reimbursed monthly for related transportation/parking expenses within allowable limits by completing a report form.

  • Human Services training opportunities are available at no cost.

  • A letter of recommendation can be written on request after completion of the minimum time commitment.

To apply to become a volunteer, please fill out this application:


  • Literacy / Reading
  • Bilingual
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Administrative Support
  • Customer Service
  • Spanish

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1 shift per week for at least 3 months
  • Bilignual in Somali and English

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