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- Initiate and run education and advocacy events to help connect ReSETWestchester to our larger community, as well as social events to help connect our clients to the community
- Work with Community Orientation
- Volunteers help orient our new neighbors with their new community: including how to use public transportation, where to grocery shop, finding a house of worship, etc.
- Host and coordinate refugee welcome and holiday events as appropriate and coordinated with rest of group
- Provide cultural orientation of community, safety and transportation
- Work with Community Connections
Education for Adults & Children
- Determine language training needs
- Find resources for language support including but not limited to English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and English as a Second Language (ESL) for adults and children
- Coordinate volunteer interpreters and translators
- Help children enroll in schools and obtain educational support including tutors
- Help identify and support adult education, as needed
- Support other adult educational programs
- Help arrange childcare, as needed
- Identify potential employment opportunities,
- Work with adults to identify skills, resume writing, interview preparation, etc.
- Assist with job applications
- In coordination with Resettlement Agency, provide cultural orientation on US employment laws, labor rights and benefits, as appropriate
- Offer guidance as appropriate to encourage professional growth
- Help advocate for individuals in the workplace, if needed
Family Budgeting & Finances
- Help families with setting up a bank account, applying for credit cards, etc
- Help filing taxes, paying bills, etc.
- Work with the families to create a budget for their own finances (with a goal of self-sufficiency in 6-12 months)
Fundraising & Finances
- Implement financial systems for all income and expenses, including establishment of bank accounts, required tax or other legal filings, and all record keeping
- Assist with applications for applicable governmental benefits including social security cards, SNAP, ID/Driver’s License, etc.
- Help the family navigate the healthcare medical insurance system
- Attend initial health screenings
- Connect the family to a medical practice that accepts Medicaid
- Help manage any medical issue that may arise, as appropriate
Our new neighbors need a home that is fully furnished with some clothing needs (Clothing, cookware, furniture, personal care items). Responsibilities include:
- Making sure the necessities are in place for Move-In Day including beds, new mattresses, furniture, housewares, plates, kitchen supplies and all room items. (work with established local partners such as Furniture Sharehouse and local thrift shops)
- Cleaning, staging and transportation on Move-In Day.
- Stocking the home with cleaning and other household supplies and personal care items for the first few months after arrival; after that, assist as needed with donations
- Stock the home with groceries and culturally appropriate meals for the first few days
- Identify safe, clean, affordable housing for the incoming refugee(s) Assist with lease signing
- Pre-arrival: Work with Household Furnishings Committee to Secure and Furnish Housing
- Post-Arrival: Conduct Safety orientation (with HIAS), review lease with family, ensure utilities in family’s name and payment set-up; if requested by family, help with cable and/or internet
- Maintain paperwork regarding incorporation of ReSET Westchester, Inc.
- File paperwork for ReSET Westchester, Inc. to form a 501c3
- Obtain EIN for ReSET Westchester, Inc.
- Assist with donor and volunteer database creation and management; assist with any appropriate internal communications systems
- Provide or coordinate rides for the refugee(s) to get to their jobs, places of worship, appointments and classes.
- If appropriate, help the adults to get driver’s licenses (see governmental services above, also)
- Commitment to drive more than one time is required and preference is for drivers who can participate over 4-6 months. Volunteers must have clean driving record
- Help recruit volunteers
- Keep track of their information and hours volunteered
- Oversee and link volunteer assignments to the family support and applicable Volunteer Committee
- Discuss as a group youth educational and/or fundraising activities and implement as appropriate
- Find opportunities for teen volunteers to work with and meaningfully connect with refugee family members through hands-on activities such as tutoring, child care and household tasks
Become a Collaborating Organization:
WHAT CAN WE DO/WHAT HAVE WE DONE?
We have come together to form a community-based resettlement organization (ReSET) with the expressed purpose of resettling a refugee families in our community.
WHAT IS THE CO-SPONSORSHIP APPROACH TO RESETTLING REFUGEES?
Working together as partners, congregations, civic organizations and individuals, we can pool resources, ideas and volunteers to assist the family in the resettlement process.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE WAYS WE WILL BE CALLED ON TO ASSIST?
- Welcome the family on arrival
- Housing and Home Orientation
- Transportation/Public Transit Navigation
- ESOL Instruction
- Civic Engagement
- Job Skills Training/Career Development
- Community and Cultural Integration
- Youth & Adult Education & Tutoring
- Money & Financial Literacy
HOW LONG IS THE COMMITMENT?
Although experience tells us that this it varies among families, we are asked to be prepared to offer support to the family for at least one year.