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Volunteer Opportunities

Refugee & Immigration Services

Muscle Mover (Virginia):  Volunteers will assist with moving large, heavy donated items from the homes of donors to the LSS storage facility in Northern Virginia. Volunteers must be able to lift and carry large items (sofas, mattresses, dressers, etc.) Volunteers must pass a background check, and be willing to report the number of hours worked to LSS/NCA (no driving needed). (Time commitment: Mondays during the daytime only, time commitment varies by week.)

Family Mentor (Virginia and Maryland): Volunteers will spend time with refugee families and help them get acclimated to their new homes. Duties vary, but tend to focus on English language learning and searching for jobs. This position requires a 6 month commitment. While it’s not required that the volunteer provide their own vehicle for transportation, the location of our clients’ homes make public transportation impractical. (Time commitment: 10 hours per month for 6 months, meeting in the home of the client)

Career Mentor (Virginia): Volunteer provides professional counseling and support to refugees who have recently arrived to the United States and are searching for a job. Career mentors are knowledgeable professionals who provide our clients with information about their respective career fields and how they translate to the system in the US. Mentors will assist clients in developing an appropriate resume for the U.S. job market, assist clients in searching for jobs, and provide industry-specific information about professional certifications and other job prerequisites. We are looking for professionals in the following areas:

  • Civil engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Doctors/nurses/other medical
  • Lawyers
  • Project Management/General Business
  • Accounting
  • Architect
  • Auto Repair

Mentors must have strong interpersonal skills, be willing to maintain client confidentiality, and report amount of hours worked. (Time commitment: 1-4 hours per client, flexible hours and location, clients will all be located in Northern Virginia

Employment Assistant (Maryland): Volunteer assists job developers in our Hyattsville office. Employment assistants will help clients explore career options according to their experience and education and will help the job developers on LSS’s staff with job searches. Volunteers must pass a background check, and be knowledgeable in employment search and resume building. Volunteers must also be willing to report the amount of hours worked to LSS/NCA. (Time commitment: 4-8 hours per week between the hours of 9am – 5pm, work location is LSS/NCA’s office in Hyattsville, MD)

Community Advocate (Maryland and Virginia): Volunteers provide transportation and assistance to clients who going to appointments in different locations, including picking up families at the airport. The community advocate will also provide some assistance to families unfamiliar with different social service agencies, Social Security Administration offices, etc. Volunteer will drive family members to appointments, help with paperwork and provide assistance in understanding bureaucratic processes, and possibly intervene in the event of misunderstandings. Volunteers must pass a background check, provide their own reliable vehicle, have a valid driver’s license, and be willing to report the number of hours worked to LSS/NCA. (Time commitment: allow 4 hours per appointment, mostly 9 am – 5 pm. Airport arrivals tend to happen in the evenings.)

Youth Development & Wellness

Youth Haven Health Coach (Washington, DC): Volunteers are matched with participants in our health and wellness program to provide mentoring. Coach and participant will attend fitness classes (boxing, yoga, ASA fitness, etc.) and potentially engage in other fitness activities outside of class. Classes take place during two-hour time blocks on weekends. . Volunteers must pass a background check and be willing to report the number of hours worked to LSS/NCA (Time commitment: up to 2 hours per week, but not every week).

Driver (Washington, DC): Volunteers provide transportation to and from weekly events for participants in our Youth Haven program. Volunteer will drive youth participants to and from weekly LSS-sponsored events. Volunteers must pass a background check, provide their own reliable vehicle, have a valid driver’s license, and be willing to report the number of hours worked to LSS/NCA (Time commitment: 4 hours weekly, evenings and weekends only).

Youth Haven Program Assistant (Washington, DC): Volunteers will assist with program development and implementation for LSS/NCA's children and youth programs. Programs take place on weekday evenings and weekends. Volunteers must pass a background check and be willing to report the number of hours worked to LSS/NCA. (Time commitment: varies. Daytime, weekend, and evenings available. All work will be done in Washington, DC.)

Administration

Administration Aide (Washington, DC): Volunteers will assist our development team with administrative tasks, data entry, event promotion, direct mail, and receptionist tasks. Volunteer must be proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel. Volunteers must pass a background check and be willing to report the number of hours worked to LSS/NCA. (Time commitment: amount of time is flexible, all hours will be between 9:00 am 5:00 pm on Monday through Friday.)

Event Hospitality Aide (Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC): Volunteers get hungry! We are seeking a volunteer who can prepare and deliver donated snacks for our volunteer events (tabling events, volunteer orientations, etc.) Volunteers must be willing to report on the number of hours worked to LSS/NCA. (Time commitment: varies

Communications Aid (Home-Based): Volunteers will assist in unique marketing activities which may range from blog writing/management and social media engagement to flyer design and Google marketing. If you are proficient or interested in one or multiple marketing or communication technique, we could use your expertise. 

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