VOLUNTEER

Volunteers represent the spirit of individual philanthropy by generously investing time and resources in the lives of individuals who are in need. At ReWA, volunteers contribute significantly toward the achievement of our mission and goals. Our current volunteer opportunities include:

     •  ESL Teachers and Teacher’s Assistants, helping refugee and immigrant students improve literacy and communication skills

     •  Youth Program Tutors, assisting with activities in the after-school tutoring program for children and youth

     •  Citizenship Class Assistants, assisting students with preparation for the naturalization interview

     •  Early Childhood Education Program Assistants, providing care and learning experiences to 1 to 6 year olds

ReWA has more than one hundred volunteers each year who provide two to four hours of volunteer service per week in support of ReWA’s programs. Formal training and/ or mentoring by an experienced teacher prepare volunteers to help refugees and immigrants achieve self-sufficiency in the U.S.

Volunteers gain knowledge about issues facing newcomer families and help refugee and immigrant adults gain familiarity with the U.S. culture and community resources. More importantly, they participate in an exciting, community-based effort to make a difference in the lives of refugee and immigrant women and families.

Qualifications

The most important qualification is a desire to work with and help people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. In all our volunteer positions, past experience is helpful, but not necessary.

Minimum time commitment

Due to the training and orientation required, we ask that volunteers make a commitment of at least six months. Unless they make other arrangements, volunteers are scheduled for a 2- to 3-hour period, one day per week. In addition to this, there may be prep time and, as an ESL or citizenship teacher, contact/planning time with a teacher partner. We estimate volunteer teachers need 3 to 4 hours per week to fulfill these responsibilities.

Orientation

All volunteers (morning, afternoon, and evening) are required to attend a volunteer orientation before the start of each quarter. Volunteer teachers will meet their teaching partner, learn how to develop student-centered lessons, and be able to access ReWA’s teaching materials and resources.

Benefits

As a volunteer, you will acquire skills in teaching ESL/Citizenship or tutoring school-aged children, gain knowledge about issues facing newcomer families, learn about the social services available to refugees and immigrants, and work to help refugee and immigrant adults gain familiarity with the U.S. culture and community resources. More importantly, you can participate in an exciting, community-based effort to make a difference in the lives of refugee and immigrant women and their families.

Individuals who are bilingual in the following language groups are especially encouraged to apply: Amharic, Arabic, Bhutanese, Burmese, Cantonese, Hmong, Khmer, Lao, Mandarin, Mien, Nepali, Oromo, Somali, Tigrinya, and Vietnamese.

ReWA is always in need of volunteers. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering with us, please fill out this form, or contact our Susan Lee, Volunteer Coordinator, at (206) 721-0243 or slee@rewa.org.