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.
JFS's Refugee and Immigrant Service Center (RISC) branches in Bellevue and Kent are seeking Russian- language speakers to help work with our Russian-speaking clients for cultural orientation, event scheduling, client surveys, etc.
Here are some possible volunteer opportunities for a speaker of Russian:
The Food Bank in Capitol Hill could also use help from a Russian speaker to communicate with clients and conduct occasional surveys
There is often need for volunteers to make home visits to Russian-speaking seniors.
Drivers for Russian-speaking seniors are often needed, if you have a car and are an insured driver. (Sorry, there is no mileage reimbursement for volunteer drivers.)
There may be additional needs for Russian-speaking volunteers in the Seattle area, either occasional or recurring opportunities.
Volunteers should be reasonably fluent in both Russian and English in order to act as interpreters for Russian-speaking clients with limited English.