Social Service - Affordable & Senior Housing Application Assistance

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ORGANIZATION: ASIAN COMMUNITY CARE ORGANIZATION INC

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As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community-based organization, ACCO is seeking passionate volunteers to help provide a range of social services to underserved Asian seniors in the NYC and nearby communities. We are looking for volunteers who can assist seniors in applying for affordable housing through NYC's two major affordable housing application portals: NYCHA and Housing Connect.

Service Impact:
Your assistance will help seniors overcome language/tech barriers & find affordable housing in NYC, fostering a sense of security, stability, belonging, and well-being.

Skills required:

  • Bilingual communication skills in English and Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese)
  • Responsible and respectful towards elderly members
  • Maintain confidentiality and adhere to client consent & data protection guidelines.
Schedule:
Flexible. We expect volunteers to respond to at least 1 service request (around 2-3 hr) per week, for at least 2 months.

Volunteer Hours Offered:
3+ hours upon completion of each community member's request

Task Description:

  1. Use the guides and resources we provide to familiarize yourself with NYC's affordable housing application portals: NYCHA and Housing Connect.
  2. Outreach the community member using ACCO community hotline, acquire their consent to our service, inform them of the application materials to be prepared, and schedule a virtual assistance session with them to fill out the application form.
  3. Help them create applicant's profile and/or fill out the application form for NYCHA/Housing Connect per their requests.
What We Offer:
  1. Comprehensive instructions on how to deliver the service.
  2. Personalized Recommendation Letter (>50hr of service in total)
  3. Certificate of Appreciation (for significant contribution to a community program or event)
  4. President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA): https://presidentialserviceawards.gov/

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About ASIAN COMMUNITY CARE ORGANIZATION INC

Location:

20 WEST 33RD STREET, Suite 2006A, NEW YORK, NY 10001, US

Mission Statement

Asian Community Care Organization (ACCO) is a peer-driven, community-based nonprofit organization that improves the health and well-being of underserved Asian community members, especially seniors, through advocacy, services, and referrals.

Description

As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, ACCO plays a crucial role in addressing the health-related social needs of the local Asian community. With our compassion, innovation, and commitment, we strive to help people live better lives and build a stronger community.

We offer a range of services and collaborate with over 60 partners to help our members assess their social needs and navigate available community resources, including food assistance and housing. Additionally, we work with local health home programs to provide remote and home-based care management services, improving the quality of life for those we serve.

We offer an innovative tool for seniors to easily monitor their physical and mental health parameters through our WeCare Communicator mobile app. We engage them in health seminars, promoting preventive care services, mental health, healthy diet, chronic disease management, etc. to reduce risks that contribute to unnecessary visits to the emergency room and/or hospitalization.

Join our senior social community to connect, learn, and exercise with others from the comfort of your home. Participate in our online program, community events, and group outings that bring people together in their own communities. If you or someone you know would like to meet new people, have fun and receive help managing your health, we welcome you to join us!

CAUSE AREAS

Community
Homeless & Housing
Seniors
Community, Homeless & Housing, Seniors

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • Community Outreach
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Social Work
  • Translation

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Orientation or Training
  • Flexible schedule. Around 2-3 hr per week.
  • Bilingual communication skills in English and Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese)

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