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Family Mentor

Start date: Ongoing
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Location: Can be conducted remotely, or in-person at the client's home, a local cafe, library, or outdoors

Time Committment: Approximately one hour per week, minimum six months

Responsibilities: Help clients go through mail, understand and complete important forms, navigate the U.S. shopping experience, learn their way around RVA, experience new systems and processes for the first time. The goal is to walk with them, not do for them. Report your Volunteer hours each month using the IRC Community Portal.

Skills / Qualifications: Willingness to navigate awkward interactions, especially at the beginning. No hesitation to learn the ins and outs of benefit systems like Social Services, Medicaid, childcare. Every interaction should contribute to eventual self-sufficiency. Each client’s story, personality, skills, background, and needs are unique, therefore each volunteer experience will be unique.