TIME COMMITMENT: On call with a 6-month commitment

BACKGROUND: Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee is a leading, non-sectarian, non-profit organization providing emergency relief, protection, rehabilitation assistance, resettlement services, and advocacy for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict.  Domestically, our 25 offices across the U.S. ensure new arrivals have food, shelter, and clothing, and work with refugees to help them gain self-sufficiency.

SCOPE OF WORK: Volunteers will assist the Casework Specialist in providing newly resettled families with orientation to the Charlottesville public transit system. This includes familiarizing clients with locations of essential locations around their community.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

•Attend Volunteer/Intern Orientation

•Must undergo and pass a background check. The IRC kindly requests a $35 fee to assist in covering the cost of this requirement

•Orient newly arrived families to their new home and community, including providing directions to essential locations such as the hospital and grocery store

•Familiarize families with how to navigate the Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) bus system and other comparable means of public transportation, if applicable

•Record hours and submit completed timesheet for each month via the IRC’s online Volunteer Dashboard.

REQUIREMENTS:

•Able to work with minimal supervision

•Familiar with Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) bus system

•Comfortable working in a multicultural environment

•Flexible, able to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment

•Excellent written and verbal communication skills

•Reliable, responsible, able to complete tasks within required time-frame

•Must be located in Charlottesville, Virginia and be willing to complete field work.