Immigrant Services Volunteer
Ethiopian Community Development Council
Job Summary: The Immigrant Services Intern will assist Client Service Coordinator in all client service related activities, donation collection and organization, and maintenance of quality data of the services in Arlington.
Roles and Responsibilities
- Assist compiling and recording the intake forms
- Assist in maintaining data quality in both hard and soft copy
- Search for available services in Arlington and Alexandria for the service directory preparation project
- Help in the donation room: unpacking, ordering and organizing the donated items
- Assist in pulling the donations for arriving clients
- Assist with other related duties as assigned
- College degree or perusing an undergraduate degree in political science, international relations, social work, law/justice, human rights, or related field required
- Amharic language skills beneficial.
- Previous experience working in multicultural contexts is desirable
- An interest in international and refugee issue
- Ability to work independently as well as in a team
- Ability to work in fast-paced environment and process unexpected tasks and deadlines
- Ability to work under pressure
- Creativity and initiative to follow through on projects
- Effective communication and writing skills
- Proficiency in one or more language other than English is preferable
- Having personal car or access to a car is highly desirable
- Exposure to basic non-profit operations and environment
- Knowledge of marginalized populations - challenges and opportunities
- Knowledge of Arlington refugee benefits systems
- Ability to navigate of social service systems
- Basic ability to keep case notes and maintain case files to State Department standards.
At least half day/week, internship requires 2 days/week.
Applications are considered on a first come, first served rolling basis.
About Ethiopian Community Development Council
8121 Georgia Avenue, Suite 800, Silver Spring, MD 20910, US
ECDC's mission is to resettle refugees, promote cultural, educational, and socioeconomic development in the refugee and immigrant community in the United States, and conduct humanitarian and development programs in the Horn of Africa. To pursue this mission, ECDC: provides programs and services that assist newcomers to the country become productive members of their new American communities fosters greater understanding among newcomers and the wider community conducts outreach and education activities to increase public awareness about refugee and immigrant issues promotes African community-based organizations increase their capacity to serve their local communities promotes civic participation by newcomers in the decision-making process at the local, state, and national levels provides cross-cultural training to service providers' on the diverse cultural backgrounds of the clients they work with assists in educational development and cultural preservation projects in Ethiopia
ECDC is non-profit organization that works toward the resettlement of refugees within the United States. We conduct case work, as well as educational and social outreach programs for newly arrived refugee families. These programs are aimed to help the families recover from past traumatic experiences, get adjusted to American life, and become economically self-sufficient contributing members of their new communities. The refugees we work with refugees come from all across the globe.
Some of the services that we provide refugee families include:
- Housing and rent for 3 months (families will hopefully be self-sufficient by this time)
- Basic home furnishings
- Enrollment in ESL classes
- Setting up medical and social security appointments
- School enrollment for the children
- Helping refugee families connect with their new communities on a social and logistical level