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Transportation Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing
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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 28 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 VOLUNTEER WORK: The Transportation Volunteer will be a member of the Health Access & Education team focused on ensuring are able to get to various doctor’s appointments scheduled by the Health Access staff. Volunteers will not only transport clients, occasionally via the bus as deemed necessary by IRC staff, but will assist as clients navigate clinics to locate their doctor and process paperwork. Appointments typically last anywhere from 30 min to 4 hours. We do ask that volunteers in this role can support at least once week for a period of 3-4 hours between 7:30am-6pm. Volunteers in this role will receive a substantial amount of one-time one-on-one interaction with IRC clients.

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Drive refugees in personal vehicle to and from various medical appointments
  • Provide bus orientations to primary care clinics of refugee clients
  • Advocate for client at appointments to ensure proper treatment and interaction
  • Communicate questions, successes and challenges with IRC staff

REQUIREMENTS: 

  • Must be 18 or older with valid driver’s license and insurance
  • Reliable, flexible and able to work independently
  • Interest and/or experience working with diverse populations
  • Patience is the key to success in this position
  • Clear an IRC HireRight Background Check
  • Reliable, flexible and able to work independently 
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: In accordance with IRC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires all volunteers who are interested in providing in-person support for our work to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be onboarded for the position. If proof of vaccine cannot be provided, volunteers may still apply for virtual-only roles.

NEXT STEPS: 

  1. Attend a general volunteer orientation. 
  2. Attend a health access training - training will be scheduled one-on-one.

QUESTIONS?

Please email us at VolunteerSLC [at] rescue.org 

This position reports to the health access coordinator.

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