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Family Mentor Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing
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Location: Off-site in Baltimore city or county (exact location disclosed to volunteer) 

Time Commitment: This position requires a minimum commitment of 2-4 hours per week for six months. 

Responsibilities: Family mentors work one-on-one with a refugee family or individual to ease their transition to the Baltimore region and the United States. Mentors will focus on practicing English, socialization activities, and integration to the local community. Based on each client's needs and relationship, mentors and mentees can cook together, schedule medical appointments, visit local reservoirs, parks, farmer’s markets, libraries and museums. The initial meeting is facilitated by IRC using an interpreter and the client's preferred language. This opporunity is highly interactive, client-focused, and adapted to meet each client's needs and backgrounds.

Skills & Qualifications: the family mentor must have a strong internal drive to help people and display a positive and upbeat demeanor. Experience working in a multicultural setting or with English language learners is preferred, but not required. Mentors should display creativity and initiative to support the self-suffiency and integration of clients, and be able to work independently. Prior to the start of the program, the family mentor volunteer must attend an IRC information session and a separate family mentor training session. Each matched individual or group is also asked to make a one time $600 donation to the IRC, which supports the costs of the family mentor program. 

How to Apply: please submit this short VolunteerBaltimore [at] rescue.org (subject: Interested%20in%20the%20Family%20Mentor%20Program, body: *Please%20include%20the%20following%20information%3A%20%0A%0A1.%20Your%20name%3A%20%0A%0A2.%20How%20did%20you%20hear%20about%20the%20IRC%3F%0A%0A3.%20Which%20info%20session%20are%20you%20able%20to%20attend%3F%20(Upcoming%20info%20session%20dates%20are%20listed%20here%3A%20https%3A%2F%2Fwww.rescue.org%2Fvolunteer-opportunities%2Fbaltimore-md)%0A%0A4.%20Why%20are%20you%20interested%20in%20becoming%20a%20family%20mentor%3F%20) (email form) to let us know you're interested in becoming a mentor. The next steps are to attend a volunteer info session, complete an application and background check, and attend a family mentor training. Info sessions and trainings are generally held monthly.