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Volunteer

It takes a village

Resettling a family is a lot of work. It takes many man hours to get a family to the places they need to go as they adapt to their new life and new routine. We are fortunate to be in a place where lots of people want to lend their support. If you live in the New River Valley and would like to be part of our organization, please contact us!

 

Volunteer Opportunities

Our group is strengthened by the diverse skills, interests, and knowledge each member contributes. We have many opportunities for new volunteers. Many of the jobs are getting done, but the volunteers doing them could use some help!  All BRP volunteers receive support --we work together as a team. There are many ways you can volunteer to support our cause. Volunteers openings change frequently, so check back for new opportunities, or subscribe to our newsletter using the contact us form!

Current Volunteer Openings (8/2019)

Urgent Needs:

Transportation - to doctor’s and dentist’s appointments, summer camps, etc. During school year, there is a need for drivers to support children's activities, such as soccer practices/games; there are needs for regular commitment as well as needs that are "one time only".

Childcare  - during various appointments and mom's ESL classes

Translators - Arabic and Farsi 

Event coordinator - for volunteers and PR events

Fundraising - Work with fundraising coordinator to plan fundraising events, to publicize giving through the Big Event on social media each year, to find and write grants, to solicit end of year donations through mailings (digital and snail mail), etc.

Tutors - work with school aged children for one hour, two to three times per week, throughout the semester, either during or after school. In some cases, help with homework and other times the focus is on the development of skills in speaking and reading English. Click here to fill our the Fall 2019 Tutoring form.

Finance Coordinator (see below for description)

Jobs Coordinator -  overseeing job search for full and part time jobs for the families.

Forms Coordinator - (Family AS) work with the family to fill out all forms for the Department of Social Services (including SNAP, Medicaid, etc.) as needed and will also help with other forms for housing, school opportunities, healthcare, etc.  This person will stay in touch with the family to keep on top of the deadlines for submitting the needed forms.  This person will work with the family and the liaison to make sure that the information needed for the forms is up to date and correct.

Mentors - provide one on one interaction with a child in one of the families.  There is no structure for this position.  The mentor meets with the mentor coordinator and then with the family liaison and family to work out details of how often the mentor will be with the child and what the mentor might do with the child.  Activities might include going out for ice cream, playing in the park, kicking the soccer ball, doing a craft together, reading together, going to a movie, going bowling, going to one of the child’s school functions…and lots more!  There is a small amount of money that can be used each month for activities.

Mentor Program Coordinator  -    This person is in touch with family liaisons to find out which of the children in each family would like to spend time with a mentor.  As mentors become available, this person  “assigns” the mentor to an appropriate child.  The mentor coordinator then meets with the mentor prior to his/her first meeting with the child to explain what mentors do and go over other details.  The mentor then lets the liaison know that the new mentor will be in touch with the liaison to set up a meeting with the family.  The mentor checks in with the mentor and the liaison after a month to make sure that the connection has been made and that the relationship is working well.  The mentor checks in with the liaison and the mentor at six months to make sure that things are still working.     

FINANCE LIAISON:

Our approach for this year is to teach them things so they can do it on their own rather than doing things for them. 

  • Support them in their financial literacy as they move towards financial independence. This might require you to work with them in a spending plan if they decide to start one. 

  • Also assist them in gathering, and storing financial documents that would be needed for tax purposes and applying for or renewing government assistance programs.  The ideal is that they hold on to these documents in an organized fashion that can be accessed easily and readily. They have a system of using manila envelopes that serves as an organizing mechanism.

  • Visit once a week, see the bills that arrive or that have already been paid.  Answer any questions about the bills, assist with calls if there is reason to contact a vendor, such as the auto insurance company, the dental insurance company,, the phone company.  

  • Keep track of expiration date of debit cards and  any other finance related expiration or renewals.  

  • Talk with the family about their plans for their money, will they be able to pay for their town home with no assistance from BRP, starting in July, 2019.  Co-liaisons will start this discussion with them while the finance liaison is there, and slowly, the conversation will be yours with them.