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Danbury Area Refugee Assistance Inc. (DARA)

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PLEASE DO NOT CLICK ORANGE THE "I WANT TO HELP" BUTTON! Instead, the first step for prospective volunteers is to complete DARA's Volunteer Application, which you can find at https://www.daract.org/get-involved. PLEASE DO NOT CLICK ORANGE THE "I WANT TO HELP" BUTTON.

Family Finances/Social Services Team volunteers assist refugee families in every aspect of household finances and registering for and using social services. Tasks include:

  • Assisting families in setting up bank accounts, direct deposit, and bill payment options
  • Assisting families with their budget by helping them develop manageable financial goals
  • Accompanying newly arrived family members to the Social Security office and helping to complete applications for Social Security cards
  • Assisting families in obtaining state IDs
  • Accompanying families to the Department of Social Services and guiding them through applying for assistance programs and health insurance
  • Assisting families in signing up for winter heating help
  • Monitoring communications from SS/DSS/HUSKY*
  • Assisting families with recertification and renewals of DSS/HUSKY
  • Maintaining a record of benefits being received*
  • Assisting with health insurance applications once HUSKY expires or health insurance becomes available via employment
  • Investigating other social service resources as needed*
*This task can be accomplished behind the scenes

The first step for prospective volunteers is to complete DARA's Volunteer Application, which you can find at https://www.daract.org/get-involved. We look forward to receiving your application, and thank you!

DARA's COVID-19 Policy
The health and safety of DARA's volunteers, clients, and community is our highest priority. DARA follows the guidance of science experts and requires all volunteers and clients to comply with pandemic protocols by social distancing, wearing masks, proper handwashing, and sanitizing high-contact surfaces. We require any volunteer who feels ill for any reason to immediately notify their team leader and avoid in-person volunteer duties until cleared to return. Returning to regular resettlement activities in the future depends on the cooperation of everyone involved in DARA. Thank you for doing your part to help us overcome this pandemic.

DARA is committed to providing an environment that is safe, friendly, nondiscriminatory, and inclusive. DARA welcomes and values everyone regardless of race, color, culture, religion, ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or economic resources.

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About Danbury Area Refugee Assistance Inc. (DARA)

Location:

PO BOX 1090, REDDING CTR, CT 06875, US

Mission Statement

Danbury Area Refugee Assistance (DARA) is a nonprofit organization that resettles refugee families, providing advocacy and support as they work toward self-sufficiency to become productive members of our community.

Description

DARA works in the Greater Danbury, Connecticut area to resettle refugee families in our community. In partnership with IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services), DARA cosponsors and assists refugee families while they acclimate to a new life in America.

This commitment is DARA's way of investing in the health, safety and well-being of people who have endured violence, intolerance, and upheaval the likes of which most of us will never experience.

Education & Literacy
Immigrants & Refugees

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

variousDanbury, CT 06810

(41.37557,-73.45338)
 

SKILLS

  • Financial Planning
  • Budgeting
  • Organization
  • People Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Case Work / Management

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • weekdays especially, and flexible
  • Volunteers should be reliable, organized, flexible, patient, culturally sensitive, compassionate, and able to maintain personal boundaries.

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