Church World Service relies on the support of volunteers to serve refugees arriving to their new home in Greensboro. Volunteering with us is a great way to help others in need while making cross-cultural connections with new members of the community. Together, we can make Greensboro a place that welcomes people of all backgrounds.
There are a variety of ways for community volunteers to be involved with Church World Service. Additionally, we are now recruiting for Fall Interns (see Internships or more info).
1. Refugee Welcome Committee
This is an opportunity for a small group of people (faith community, civic group, company, etc) to serve as a welcoming team for a newly arrived refugee family. Welcoming Committees partner with new arrivals during their first few months in the country providing support and guidance as the family learns to navigate their new lives in the US. Welcoming Committees focus on learning objectives, following the empowerment based model of service that is central to CWS’ work. Welcoming Committees range in size and there is no set commitment of time. Some committees visit their family once a week for a couple of months, while others form more long term friendships.
2. Friend of Refugees (Individual Volunteer)
Individuals can volunteer in a variety of ways either as a friend to a new family or as an in office volunteer helping with different families each week. As a partner to a new arrival, volunteers help with things like learning to ride the bus, setting up a bank account, and learning to use the library. The commitment is up to the individual in terms of time and length. For in office volunteers, we ask that you commit to at least one regular day per week for at least 4 hour time blocks. You’ll be assisting with different tasks each week from doing a grocery run for a family arriving that night, to helping a group of new arrivals get bus IDs.
3. Employment Class Assistant
One of the ways Church World Service aids refugees is by providing them with three hours per week of instruction in employment-related activities. Subjects include resume building, verbal and non-verbal communication strategies for interviews, and tips for appropriate cultural conduct at work. Classes are currently being taught one afternoon a week from 2-5pm (day can be flexible based on volunteer availability. Volunteers from all backgrounds (students, business professionals, retirees) are well suited to assist with the class.
4. New Home Set Up Crew / Individual
One of the ways that Church World Service helps refugees is by setting up their first home in America with essential furnishings and supplies before they arrive. By becoming involved as an Apartment Set-up Assistant, you can help set up a residence for someone who has not had a place to call home in years. Volunteers who help move furniture should be able to lift items of up to 30 lbs. and devote at least 3-4 hours at a time. It is especially helpful, though not required, to have a truck or van to help move furniture.
5. Civics/ESL Classroom Assistant
Our new Citizenship and Naturalization Program is up and running. Volunteers are needed as classroom assistants and teachers in our civics classes. Classes run in mornings and evenings throughout the week. To learn more go to cwsgreensboro.org/immigration or email Kelly Dent at email@example.com
6. Teach Computer Classes
As of February 2012, CWS has a computer lab with 14 computers! We are very grateful to Congregation UCC for providing us with such a generous gift to be able to afford the computer lab. Classes for the computers are taught by volunteers. If you are interested in teaching a computer class, please contact us to get started.
Internships are open to students and non-students alike. They require minimum time commitment of 4+ hours per week for at least 12 weeks. Interested applicants should send their resume and a cover letter indicating their desired internship and why to Sarah Ivory at firstname.lastname@example.org
Individuals interested in committing to 20hrs of service for the year may be eligible to earn an educational award for their service. All other internships are unpaid.
Communications Intern: Seeking a fall communications intern with strong skills in writing, social media, and design to assist us in developing and implementing a strong communications strategy for 2011/2012. Duties will include redesigning and updating the current blog, developing online and print resource materials, establishing an effective volunteer/donor information tracking and communications tool (using SalesForce or another web based application). May work at least part of the time from home.
Direct Service Intern: The ideal candidate for this position is someone who is interested in pursuing a career in direct service, social work, or international work. The intern will work directly with our refugee case management staff to deliver direct services to newly arrived refugees including community orientations, social service applications, bus orientations, housing set up, etc. Direct Service Interns must have a regular schedule and must commit to at least one full day or two half days per week. Must be flexible, reliable, able to work with non-English speakers, and have a sense of humor.
Employment Intern: Self-sufficiency is at the core of our services at CWS. The Employment team is the critical component in assisting new arrivals achieve this goal. An Employment Intern will work closely with this team to identify new job leads, assist clients with learning job search skills, developing resumes, applying for jobs, and preparing for work. Employment Intern will also assist with weekly employment classes. Must be able to commit to regular schedule, at least one full day or two half days per week.
Event Planning Internship: In 2011, CWS hosted its second annual Mosaic Festival drawing over 3,000 downtown to enjoy live food and music. We have big plans for the future growth of this festival as well as a number of smaller scale events throughout the years from our fall appreciation dinner, to smaller scale dinner parties to introduce the community to the cultures of our community and the programs of CWS. We are seeking someone with an interest in event planning, strong organizational skills, and creative skills to work with us on developing our 2012 events planning strategy. Schedule would be flexible.