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Healthcare Mentor

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Location: Client homes; various places around Richmond.

Time Commitment: As needed per referral from the IRC Health Liaison. However, volunteers should expect to spend about 2 hours on a given day working with a family.

Responsibilities: Healthcare Mentors are cultural ambassadors and educators. Working with the IRC Health Liaison, volunteers will help refugees work through medical issues and improve their family’s well-being while they navigate the U.S. healthcare system. For example, volunteers may assist in making homes safer by installing things like baby gates and cabinet locks, learn how to make follow-up appointments and understand and complete health-related paper work, or they may transport and escort IRC clients to crucial medical appointments.

Skills/Qualifications: A background in healthcare is helpful, though not necessary. Volunteers should also be culturally sensitive and respectful of diverse backgrounds, self-motivated and comfortable working with little supervision, and able to handle sensitive client information confidentially. Most importantly, volunteers should be welcoming and eager to help newly-arrived refugees settle into their new Richmond community.

How to Apply: Complete a Volunteer Application online. Note: Please upload a resume or CV at the bottom of the application. Once your submission has been received and reviewed, you will be contacted about attending an upcoming volunteer orientation.