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ORGANIZATION: International Institute of Wisconsin

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Refugee Resettlement

Family Mentorship

Mentors provide support to newly resettled refugee families in the clients homes by helping them learn English and adapt to life in the U.S.

3 hours minimum per week with the same family

Pre-Arrival Housing Set-Up

Volunteers will help clean, transport items, and set up a refugee’s family housing before their arrival to provide a welcoming home

4 hours minimum on a needed basis

Appointments

Volunteers will provide transportation and support to refugees. Volunteers will be required to remain for the duration of the appointment. Such appointments include going to the doctor, bank, schools, Social Security or Food Share offices, and more

3 hours minimum per appointment; family or individual will vary per appointment

Instructional Aid

Cultural Orientation

Volunteers are able to commit to teaching for at least 2 hours per session for a period of 5 weeks. C.O. is a program that helps refugees become acclimated to life in Milwaukee and aids them in achieving self-sufficiency

*Note: Interested volunteers will have to go through an interview process

2 hour minimum per class for 5 weeks. Please inquire for more questions

Job Club

Volunteers will help refugees who are job seekers and provide support as they are on the job hunt

*Note: Interested volunteers will have to go through an interview process

2 hour minimum on a needed basis. Please inquire for more questions

Bus Orientation

Volunteers will provide directions and support to newly arrived refugees as they learn how to use the Milwaukee bus system (MCTS) to get around the community

3 hour minimum for each session on a needed basis

Special Event (Holiday Folk Fair)

Event Volunteer at the annual Holiday Folk Fair

Volunteers assist with set-up, registration, monitoring event, serving food and much more at annual Holiday Folk Fair which IIW sponsors (November 18-22, 2022)

4 hour shifts

International Visitor Leadership Program

Home Hospitality Host

Host visiting international leaders for a meal to share the Midwestern spirit of hospitality

Note: Interested volunteers will have to go through an interview process

Varies based on activities planned for specific group visiting.

International Institute of Wisconsin Office

Donations

Provide donations based on the wish list posted on the IIW website for refugee families (please ask about donating items that are not listed)

Limitless

Other Professional Skills

Do you have other professional skills that would be useful to IIW? Write a brief summary of how you would be willing to help.

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About International Institute of Wisconsin

Location:

1110 North Old World Third Street, Suite 420, Milwaukee, WI 53203, US

Mission Statement

The International Institute of Wisconsin is an organization dedicated to the promotion of international cooperation, understanding, and a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural perspective through education, exchange, communication, social activities, art and immigration and citizenship services.

Description

The International Institute of Wisconsin is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of international cooperation, understanding and a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural perspective through education, exchange, communication, social activities, arts and immigration and citizenship services.

Founded in 1936, IIW is currently in its 75th year serving a wide variety of cultural, social and educational needs in the state ofWisconsin. There are four main departments through which IIW fulfills its mission:

Immigration, which also includes refugee resettlement and combating human trafficking, has as its main goal to aid in the development of strong families. This is accomplished though case management for newly arrived refugees or assistance in applying for permanent residency and citizenship

The translation and interpretation department aims to provide comprehensive language services through a roster of over 150 trained interpreters who speak over 50 languages collectively.

The International Visitor’s Leadership Program, a national program through the Department of State, promotes citizen diplomacy by designing and coordinating meetings for international leaders with their counterparts or experts in their field and providing home hospitality and cultural events during their stay inWisconsin.

IIW also provides numerous educational programs and presentations for schools, museums, local organizations and the general public throughout the year. Most notably, IIW has hosted the Holiday Folk Fair International for over 65 years. This annual celebration takes place at Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, and is a three day event celebrating culture and diversity by bringing together over 30 ethnic groups to showcase their unique traditions.

CAUSE AREAS

Immigrants & Refugees
International
Race & Ethnicity
Immigrants & Refugees, International, Race & Ethnicity

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

1110 North Old World 3rd StreetMilwaukee, WI 53203

(43.04479,-87.9137)
 

SKILLS

  • Mentoring
  • Bus/Van Driving
  • Community Outreach
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18

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