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Immigration Interpreter

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Karen Organization of Minnesota

  • 1 person is interested
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Purpose/objective: Our office partners with an Immigration Worker from Arrive Ministries who assists KOM clients on Mondays and Tuesdays with citizenship and green card applications. The volunteer will support the clients and the Immigration Worker by providing over the phone interpretation when needed.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Interpret for immigration appointments with Arrive Ministries Immigration Worker over the phone
  • Be on-call during the entirety of the volunteer shift on Monday or Tuesday
  • Maintain professional communication with KOM staff, Immigration Worker, and clients

Volunteering Procedure:

  • On Friday, KOM Receptionist will contact the volunteer to discuss Monday or Tuesday’s appointments
  • Volunteers name and contact info will be given to Immigration Worker in connection with a client’s appointment
  • On Monday/Tuesday, Immigration Worker will call the volunteer during the volunteer’s on-call shift if the client requests an interpreter
  • Volunteer will stay on the call and interpret until the appointment is done or as long asneeded (generally appointments last about 2 hours)
  • If sick, or an emergency comes up, volunteer will contact KOM Receptionist as soon as possible on or before Monday/Tuesday morning
Benefits:This position offers an excellent opportunity to learn about immigration case work related to citizenship and green cards. The volunteer will also gain interpreting experience over the phone.

3 Shifts

  • morning / 09:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Monday morning appointments are generally scheduled at 9:00am, and can last up to 2 hours.
  • afternoon / 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM
    Early afternoon appointments on Monday start at 11:30am, and can last up to 2 hours.
  • afternoon / 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
    Monday later afternoon appointments begin at 2pm and can last up to 2 hours.
  • NONE OF THESE TIMES WORK FOR ME, BUT I CAN STILL HELP
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About Karen Organization of Minnesota

Location:

2353 Rice Street, Suite 240, Roseville, MN 55113, US

Mission Statement

Enhance the quality of life for all refugees from Burma in Minnesota.

Description

Refugees from Burma, mostly from the Karen ethnic group, have been the largest group arriving in the United States for the past 7 years. After fleeing their home country and spending years in refugee camps, Karen people are eager to start their new lives here and build a better future for their children. More than 9,000 Karen and other refugees from Burma now live in St. Paul and its surrounding area, making it the largest Karen community in the country. Offering a wide variety of services in the heart of the Karen community in St. Paul, KOM has quickly become the "go-to" location for refugees from Burma to receive help from staff who share their language and culture. KOM serves over 1,500 refugees from Burma each year in one or more of its core programs: Employment Services, Social Services, Community Health, and Youth Academic and Social Support. In addition, hundreds of refugees come to KOM each month for assistance with various needs that aren’t covered by existing programs, such as reading mail, filling out paperwork, and advocating for their legal rights. Without this support, many refugees would be at risk of losing their jobs, housing, or other resources that give their family stability as they adjust to life in America. TA BLUT DOE MAH (thank you so much) for your support!

Community
Immigrants & Refugees

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.
This opportunity has 3 shifts

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • Bilingual
  • Burmese
  • English
  • Interpreter
  • Thai
  • People Skills

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18
  • Available on Mondays or Tuesdays for 2-4 hour shifts. Monday appointments are generally scheduled at 9:00am, 11:30am and 2:00pm, and Tuesday appointments are scheduled at 10:00am, 12:00pm, and 2:00pm.
  • Fluent in English and one or more of the following languages: S’gaw Karen, Karenni, Pwo Karen, Burmese, or Thai. Language requirements depend on current clients’ language accommodation needs. 

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