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Create Meaningful Change - Refugee Family Mentors Wanted

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BUILDING PEACEFUL BRIDGES

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About us

In 2014, two compassionate women from different parts of the world came together to inspire positive actions and peaceful resolutions. Seeds of mutual respect, compassion, and love grew out of multicultural luncheons and ultimately blossomed into Building Peaceful Bridges (BPB). We pick up the resettlement process where the U.S. refugee resettlement agencies leave off. Our Vision is "bridging the hearts and minds of all people". We invite you to visit www.buildingpeacefulbridges.org to learn more about us.

The need

Our Mentoring/Sponsoring Program assists in family resettlement by establishing a community safety net, providing monthly visits, assisting in the citizenship process, and building trust, hope, resilience, and empowerment. Ultimately, refugees give back to their community and make the country stronger. We have impacted 200+ families, and currently provide comprehensive mentoring to 3 families. We hope to double our support this year. In pursuit of this, we are looking for Volunteers to support our Mentoring/Sponsoring Program.

We search for Volunteers that are highly adaptable and flexible, as no week will look the same. Our Mentors are compassionate people, nurturing by nature, and professional listeners. They frequently offer cultural counseling, education, tutoring, companionship, and a host of other friendly services.

What you will do

  • Be a part of a team that mentors a refugee family.
  • Meet with the family once a week (virtually, until face-to-face visits can be restored).
  • Tutor English through regular conversation.
  • Introduce and guide family members through new settings, systems, and cultural norms.
  • Coordinate donated food, clothing, and household items as needed.
  • Identify and request assistance in other areas such as education, social services, and community needs.
  • Nurture and support the refugee’s experiences, and share skills that might benefit the family.
  • Tailor your approach to each family’s dynamics and mitigate challenges.
  • Become the refugee family’s "favorites" on their phones!

What you need

  • A character that thrives on fluidity and exhibits adaptability.
  • Proven ability to remain calm under pressure.
  • Experiences and competencies in areas such as social work, counseling, and teaching are a plus.
  • Language skills to include ESL training, or openness to be trained, and/or being conversant in other languages.
  • An open mind, a global world view, a strong sense of humor, and a love for Charades!

Volunteer details

  • Mentors give between 1 to 10 hours a week (or more if interested) and commit to 6+ months.
  • All support is virtual, with the anticipation that face-to-face meetings will resume in the future.

What will you get?

This is an un-paid, volunteer position. Instead of compensation, our Mentor volunteers get to...

  • Partner and train with experienced Mentor volunteers to develop the skills needed to make a difference in the lives of refugee families.
  • Embrace and grow their passion for purpose, peace, and inclusion.
  • See families gain a sense of belonging and flourish by their guidance.

How to apply

If you are looking to make a meaningful difference in the community, the state, the country, the world, then reach out to us today!

Please include the following information when you apply:

  • A statement telling us why you want to be a Mentor volunteer for a refugee family.
  • A snapshot of your relevant skills and abilities.
  • A list of all languages spoken.

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About BUILDING PEACEFUL BRIDGES

Location:

1520 FOREST DR, GLENVIEW, IL 60025, US

Mission Statement

Building Peaceful Bridges (BPB) is a nonprofit organization supporting people of all faiths whose mission is to foster multicultural relationships by - assisting in the integration of refugees into American society and, - educating communities on the challenges facing refugee populations through their stories. Vision "bridging the hearts and minds of all people".

Description

BPB invites you to visit: www.buildingpeacefulbridges.org

HISTORY
In 2014, two compassionate women from different parts of the world came together to inspire positive actions and peaceful resolutions. Seeds of mutual respect, compassion, and love grew out of multicultural luncheons and ultimately blossomed into BPB.

BPB FILLS INTEGRATION VOID - IMPLEMENTS PHASE II
BPB picks up the resettlement process where the U.S. refugee resettlement agencies leave off. The first phase of resettlement is funded under the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. BPB partners with resettlement agencies and other social service organizations to bridge the integration gap.

PROGRAMS
Mentoring/Sponsoring Refugee Families
BPB assists in family resettlement by donating financial and non-cash assistance, establishing a community safety net, recurring monthly visits, assisting in the citizenship process, and building trust, hope, security, and empowerment.

Cultural Educational Events
BPB sponsors speaking events in local venues to foster awareness of the resettlement process as well as to educate audiences regarding refugee stories.

Pick-up and Delivery of Non-Cash donations
BPB brokers donations of food, furniture, clothing, and other household items to families during resettlement.

Advocacy & Human Rights
Community
Immigrants & Refugees

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.

SKILLS

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Mentors give between 1 to 10 hours a week (or more if interested) and commit to 6+ months.
  • Volunteers must have compassion, hope, integrity, foster inclusiveness, show respect and have a willingness to bring their knowledge to a family in need.

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