Best Volunteer Opportunity to Help Immigrants in New York

Posted on January 11, 2019 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Speak French, Too? We Need You!

Check out our latest opportunity at Catholic Charities for the best way to help immigrants in New York…

French speakers are needed at our Refugee Resettlement Department in downtown Manhattan!

Here’s the Lowdown:  Catholic Charities NY Refugee Resettlement department assists refugees, asylees, special immigrant visas, Cuban/Haitian entrants, certified victims of trafficking, and unaccompanied minors from diverse backgrounds.

Our department offers case management, employment-based, and educational services that help clients feel secure in their new community.

Why you?  We are looking to bring on volunteers interested in engaging in our office functions while interacting one-on-one with clients to help them work towards self-sufficiency.

Benefits for Volunteers:

  • Work with diverse, multicultural staff and clients
  • Gain insights into challenges refugees/asylees face
  • Provide a service to the office integral in the resettlement process
  • Learn more about non-profit programming and management

Potential Responsibilities:

  • Develop client resumes
  • Assist in job applications
  • Facilitate workshops and orientations
  • Accompany clients to appointments
  • Perform mock interviews and interview preparation
  • Conduct research on education, housing, mental health, and other resources available in NYC
  • Assist in administrative tasks

Required Skills:

  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organization and attention to detail
  • Able to work independently and balance multiple responsibilities
  • Flexible, patient, compassionate, and interested in working with a refugee/asylee population
  • Bilingual French/English a big help

Schedule/Commitment: Volunteers normally help out during office hours, Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. Hours/shifts can be flexible according to volunteer's schedule and availability.

  • Required commitment of 4+ hours per week for a minimum of three months.

Location:  80 Maiden Lane, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10038

How to Apply:  Email your resume and a brief letter of interest to the Volunteer Coordinator, Therese McCarry.  Write "Volunteer Application" in the subject line.