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Knitting Support Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

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 22 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 KNITTING GROUP VOLUNTEER ROLE:

We are interested in creating and fostering an environment for growth, healing and connection amongst our female clients. We believe that an informal, and movement based group may serve as a suitable environment for both connection and healing. In light of this, we are seeking to establish a “knitting group” where women can meet together and receive activity-based support.

Activities will begin with knitting and expand to possibly include dance, music, and other forms of art. Volunteers are expected to help teach participants knitting (and other skills as group progresses) and to participate in facilitated discussions. Proficiency or strong interest in knitting is desired. Additional training will be provided to prepare volunteers to participate appropriately in group discussions. Volunteers would also be asked to assist in procuring materials, such as knitting needles and yarn.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Creatively engage with group participants with various English language skill levels.
  • Participate in facilitated and informal group and individual discussions.
  • Provide assistance and collaborate to problem solve basic knitting challenges.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Basic knitting knowledge desired.
  • Personable and flexible.
  • Willing to learn and try new things.
  • Experience working with diverse populations preferred.

SHIFT TIME: Wednesdays 10am-12pm at a location in South Salt Lake. 

APPLICATION PROCESS: Email VolunteerSLC [at] rescue.org for more information with "Knitting Volunteer" in the subject line. If you are available at least twice a month during the shift time, we would love to get you on board soon! 

IRC leading the way from harm to home.

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.