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Refugee Artisan Initiative

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Refugee Artisan Initiative is growing, and seeks to increase sales of our sustainably-made products, hand-sewn by our refugee and immigrant women artisans in Seattle.

Marketing Volunteers will help identify and develop new wholesale and B2B avenues. Volunteers work independently and with our small team to support our growth.

  • Volunteers seek new sales prospects via calls, emails and hard mailing.
  • Volunteers assist with product photography, site updates, social media, newsletters, editing and other Marketing related tasks.
  • Data entry and other tasks will be assigned as needed to assist with our small, and growing non-profit.
  • An ideal Volunteer will have a passion for sustainability and sales.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential.
If you are seeking a rewarding volunteer experience that will directly impact the lives of local refugee and immigrant women, AND contribute to the local circular economy, Refugee Artisan Initiative has a home for you!

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About Refugee Artisan Initiative

Location:

12545 Lake City Way NE, SEATTLE, WA 98125, US

Mission Statement

Refugee Artisan Initiative's mission is to transform lives of refugee and immigrant women by providing sustainable employment in sewing and handcrafting products. As part of the Refugee Artisan Initiative, we: •Hire and train immigrant women with sewing skills. •Enable artisans to work from home in an enterprise that needs little space. •Help women overcome language, transportation, and cultural barriers to employment. •Pay the Seattle-mandated minimum hourly wage. •Use recycled and repurposed materials, so our goods are easy on the environment. •Treat workers as collaborative and creative partners. •Help provide inroads for immigrants to enter into mainstream American life.

Description

We believe useful skills with proper tools and equipment can transform lives. Many refugee and immigrant women come to the Seattle area with limited skills and education, but have a strong desire to work. We are able to hire the graduates of non-profit Muses sewing  program along with their friends to apply the skills they have acquired to earn living wages by making sewn and handcrafted goods.  we don’t want additional financial burden incurred by them, so we provide them free training and s 'rent-to-own’ sewing and equipment program. We teach how to turn garment and fabric waste into beautiful and functional goods such as jewelry, accessories and sewn kitchen goods.      

We realize in order to maximize their skill set and provide sustainable employment, we should offer their skill set to other companies and organizations. Started in June 201,, we have begun to offer small batch goods made by our artisans for designers and local companies. We have already have initial successes having our artisans making goods for two companies. The amazing growth opportunities for RAI to produce sewn goods for local designers and small business means we need more artisans to meet the demand. We need volunteers to help us with transporting raw materials and finished goods as our program grow. We are also looking for board members in finance and advisors in desigin and business development.

Environment
Immigrants & Refugees
Women

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

12545 Lake City Way NESeattleSeattle, WA 98125

SKILLS

  • Marketing & Communications (Mar/Com)
  • Sales Marketing
  • Business Development & Sales Management
  • Data Entry
  • Copy Writing / Copy Editing
  • People Skills

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 5 - 15 hours/week

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