Your support is vital and will make a direct impact to improve the lives of new arrival community members. Current help is needed at the following agencies in the following ways:
New Asylee Orientation - simultaneous interpreters and translators needed
Volunteer Title: Interpreter: Spanish, Mandarin.
Translators and/or Interpreter: Cantonese, Arabic, Tigrinya, Dari, Pashto on as needed basis
Volunteer Work Description: Provide simultaneous interpreting via zoom meeting. Audience is persons who have a recent grant of asylum status and attorneys/service providers who work with this population. Topics covered include public benefits, health care, education, employment, and immigration topics.
Desired Skills/Experience: Certified and/or experienced interpreter proficient in simultaneous interpreting. Access and familiarity with Zoom platform.
Location of Volunteer Work: remote via Zoom Orientation to the materials and platform will be provided.
Time Commitment: 3.5 hours per month (first Tuesday of month 9:30-1pm) for a six month commitment. Volunteers who fulfill the commitment will receive a letter regarding their service to the project.
How To Apply: Submit letter of interest and verification of experience to Blythe.Raphael@cdph.ca.gov
Newcomers Health Program - On hold (June 2021)
Volunteer Title: Spanish Interpreter
Volunteer Work Description: Provide simultaneous interpreting for newly granted asylees at the USCIS Asylum Office for the monthly Asylum Benefits Orientation. Topics covered include asylee benefits, housing, health care, education, employment, and legal requirements.
Desired Skills/Experience: Certified Spanish Interpreter proficient in simultaneous interpreting.
Location of Volunteer Work: USCIS Asylum Office, SF Financial District.
Time Commitment: 3 hours per month (Friday afternoons 12:30-3:30pm)
How To Apply: Contact Cristy Dieterich 628-206-7627 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer Title: UpGlo Volunteer Program
Volunteer Work Description: Volunteers play a meaningful role in transforming Job Seekers’ lives by sharing knowledge of U.S. workplace culture and expectations, industry insight and lessons learned. UpGlo volunteers support Job Seekers through interview coaching and by encouraging and mentoring them through what can be a challenging time.
We need volunteers from all professional fields to serve the diverse backgrounds of our Job Seekers. Whether you are an industry veteran or mid-career professional, you have valuable experience to draw on and share with our job seekers.
You must have:
At least 3 years of professional experience
Strong track record of helping others succeed Interest in other cultures and respect for the immigrant experience
Excellent English communications and writing skills
Location of Volunteer Work: Virtual
Time Commitment: No minimum requirements.
How To Apply: Apply by writing to Bijan Yaminafshar email@example.com, https://www.upwardlyglobal.org/professional-volunteer-opportunities
Volunteer Work Description: Our volunteers play a meaningful role in transforming job seekers’ lives by sharing knowledge of U.S. workplace culture and expectations, industry insights, and lessons learned. UpGlo volunteers support job seekers through interview coaching and by encouraging and mentoring them through what can be a challenging time. There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing job seekers gain confidence as they achieve their goals.
Volunteer opportunities include Informational Interviews, Mock Interviews, Language Coaching, and Events.
Desired Skills/Experience: “We need volunteers from all professional fields to serve the diverse backgrounds of our job seekers. Whether you are an industry veteran or mid-career professional, you have valuable experience to draw on and share with our job seekers. You must have:
– At least 3 years of professional experience
– Strong track record of helping others succeed
– Interest in other cultures and respect for the immigrant experience
– Excellent English communication and writing skills”
Location of Volunteer Work:Bay Area CA, Seattle, NYC, Chicago, Washington DC.
How To Apply: https://www.upwardlyglobal.org/support-us/become-a-volunteer/#volunteer-form
How to Donate: https://www.upwardlyglobal.org/donate/
Refugee and Asylum Seeker Health Initiative, UCSF
Volunteer Title: Research Assistant
Volunteer Work Description: The goal of this group is to promote all aspects of refugee and asylee health as a priority at UCSF. This includes local and international research to broaden the knowledge base in this field, development of curriculum for medical students and housestaff, and community outreach with local organizations. The scope of activities is broad and open to discussion. If you have a project in mind, please email us to discuss details.
Prior experience in academia, clinical research, curriculum development or an interest in these fields.
Location of Volunteer Work: UCSF, ZSFG
Time Commitment: 5-10 hours/ week.
How To Apply: Apply by writing to Fatima Karaki M.D. Fatima.Karaki@ucsf.edu
Donations Desired: –
Whom the Donations Will Help:
Donations will fund overseas research with our current project conducting a needs assessment in a refugee camp in Beirut.
How to Donate: Please contact Fatima Karaki RAHI@ucsf.edu
Jubilee Immigration Advocates
Volunteer Title: Chinese translator
Volunteer Work Description: Translate immigration and intake forms. Will work with office staff.
Desired Skills/Experience: Proficient in written English and written Chinese.
Location of Volunteer Work: Offsite
Time Commitment: 2-4 hours per translation project
How To Apply: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415-813-1958
Refugee Transitions – Home based English language tutoring. Refugee & Immigrant Transitions offers volunteer opportunities for our Education programs: Home-based Tutoring (for working with newcomer students of all ages) and School-based Programs (high school students). Join us to help our new neighbors acquire critical English skills, catch up on academics, and learn to navigate their new lives in the U.S.
How To Apply: www.reftrans.org/apply, email email@example.com
Asian Women’s Shelter
Volunteer Title: Domestic Violence Peer counselor
Volunteer Work Description: Emotional support and interpretation
Time Commitment: 2hrs/week
Location of Volunteer Work: San Francisco
How To Apply: http://www.sfaws.org/support-us/volunteers.aspx
Donations Desired: Grocery gift cards, hotel vouchers, clipper cards
Whom the Donations Will Help: Shelter residents
How to Donate: http://www.sfaws.org/support-us/donate.aspx
At Home Humanitarian
Volunteer Title: Refugee and Immigrant Mentor
Volunteer Work Description: Volunteers are matched with newly-arrived individuals and families to help answer any questions relating to American culture, customs, processes, laws, or community resources that would help their match feel more connected; help find solutions to needs such as finding a job, preparing for college, filing for FAFSA, fixing a car, or passing a driver’s test; and provide opportunities to get out, explore surroundings, make new friends, learn a new skill or hobby, and connect to others within their communities.
Time Commitment: 2hrs/week
Location of Volunteer Work: San Francisco
Desired Skills/Experience: Commitment to serving! You can volunteer as a family, individual, duo and/or couple.
How To Apply: http://www.athomehumanitarian.org/volunteer.html
Donations Desired: Time
Whom the Donations Will Help: Newly-arrived refugees, asylees and immigrants living within the Bay Area.
How to Donate: http://www.athomehumanitarian.org/donate.html
For volunteer opportunties in the East Bay please see East Bay Refugee Forum: http://eastbayrefugeeforum.
San Francisco Pathways to Citizenship Initiative
Volunteer Title: Citizenship Workshop Volunteer
Volunteer Work Description:SF Pathways to Citizenship hosts several workshops throughout the year. We are always in need of general volunteers, interpreters, and legal professionals to assist with registration, screening, form-filling, attorney review and check-out at our naturalization workshops.
Time Commitment: 4-8 hours, Saturdays only
Location of Volunteer Work: San Francisco, various locations
Desired Skills/Experience: No prior experience is required! We highly encourage volunteers to help with language assistance in Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, Filipino, Arabic, Vietnamese & Russian to join us!
How To Apply: Visit our website at sfcitizenship.org or sign up for our email listserve to receive updates on upcoming volunteer opportunities: https://volunteer.legal/volunteers/list/Owy5rlMBz9/signup