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IRC Missoula Family Mentor Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing
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Join a group of dedicated volunteers mentoring refugee families as they adapt and integrate into the fabric of Missoula.

Location Details: IRC Missoula 

Time Commitment: 2 hours/week for 6 months; set a consistent schedule to visit on an evening or weekend

Responsibilities

  • Familiarize refugees with how to access crucial community resources including: transportation systems, grocery stores, and libraries.
  • Engage the client in conversational English appropriate to their skill level.
  • Be a friendly and stable presence in a refugee family’s life.
  • Provide insight into American culture.

Skills/Qualifications:

  • Able to work independently to identify and address client needs in a limited-English environment.
  • Conduct oneself in a responsible and appropriate fashion as an IRC representative to the family and the Missoula community.
  • Commit to interacting with a family for a few hours per week on a regular basis with a focus on building self-sufficiency skills.
  • Strictly adhere to the IRC’s confidentiality policy
  • Able to engage in open-minded communication regarding new cultural perspectives
  • Report monthly volunteer activities accurately and on time

How to apply: 

  1. Complete a volunteer application. Make sure to specify your volunteer interests. 
  2. Get to know the IRC. Once you have submitted your application, you will be invited to attend a volunteer training and orientation session.
  3. Get paired with a newly arriving family receive relevant information from IRC.
  4. Complete a background check. Once your background check has been cleared, IRC staff will contact you to discuss your placement.  Background checks cost $65 and the IRC respecfully requests you make a donation to the office to support the cost of this process.  The volunteer placement process takes about 2-4 weeks. 

Please email Volunteer.Missoula [at] rescue.org with any questions. Thank you for your interest in serving refugees in Missoula!

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