Employment Volunteer Spotlight: Cheri Jorgenson
Back in 2010 Cheri Jorgenson had her first experience working with refugees as a family mentor. That experience led Cheri to rejoin the IRC office in Boise in early 2013 as a Job Readiness Instructor for our weekly Job Class. In her return, Cheri has also worked closely with the IRC Employment team to further improve the Job Readiness curriculum which has been well received by the refugee students. Here are a few things Cheri has to say to describe her experience with the IRC in Boise!
Why did you choose to volunteer at the IRC in Boise?
I cannot imagine what it is like for refugees to not know what to do, where to go, how to communicate and have their needs met in their new homes in the United States. I enjoy helping refugees on their paths to self sufficiency here in America and teaching them how to make the right choices.
What do you enjoy about your experience volunteering at IRC?
As a Job Readiness instructor, Cheri fields a good deal of unique refugee questions about their new lives in America. She is always happy to answer their questions to help refugees understand their new environment better. Cheri says that she enjoys helping refugees understand the difference between expectations and reality of life here in the United States. Her role as Job Readiness instructor also allows her to assist in helping refugees understand the difference in employment experiences here in the United States as opposed to in their native countries.
Cheri has enjoyed her time so much she will soon be taking on the role of Cultural Orientation Instructor in addition to her current role as Job Readiness Instructor at IRC Boise.
Volunteers and interns are always needed to supplement the work of the staff at the IRC in Boise. Please contact Shannon Davis-Jones, Volunteer Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 208-344-1792 for more information about volunteering.