Employment Preparedness Volunteer
Time: Once a week, in person
COVID-19 vaccine: Optional
Location: Kent, King County
Commitment: 3 months
Volunteer alongside the World Relief job team to prepare refugees and immigrants for employment. This position offers individual support to refugees and immigrants as they apply for jobs and adjust to new work cultures and expectations.
- Volunteer with the employment team once a week at the World Relief office in Kent
- Assist in the Job Class and work with World Relief clients to make resumes, cover letters, and practice job interviews
- Assist clients with job applications, on-boarding paperwork, and online employment trainings
- Communicate with a member of the employment team after each task, asking questions and seeking additional training as needed
- Properly handle and dispose of confidential information
- Commit to a weekly or bi-weekly schedule for at least 3 months
- A desire to serve refugees and immigrants in support of the mission of World Relief
- Excellent organizational and problem solving skills
- Good oral and written communication in English
- Comfortable working with non-native English speakers and/or translators
- Knowledge of a second language a plus but not required
- Basic computer knowledge, including MS Word and the ability to learn new programs
- Self-motivated worker with the ability to work independently and demonstrate initiative
- Flexible and patient with an openness toward people from different cultures
- Engaging and empowering
- Creative and able to adapt to changing situations
- Attend a Volunteer Orientation and pass a background check
- Log volunteer hours each week
Interested in being an Employment Preparedness Volunteer? The first step is to fill out a volunteer application. Once you submit your application, follow the steps to complete the online orientation and register for a local training.
All volunteers are required to attend both the general and local orientations, complete an application, and undergo a background check before starting. At the training you will learn about World Relief's work, the refugees and immigrants we serve, and what it looks like to come alongside them as volunteers in different roles
Small Business Workshop Trainer
Time: Once a week in person, plus regular virtual check in with clients
COVID-19 vaccine: Required
Location: Kent, King County
Commitment: 6 months - 1 year
Purpose: World Relief is launching an entrepreneurship workshop and is in need of business experts to assist in teaching workshops and working alongside clients as they develop and learn about starting their own businesses. This role supports the beginning stages of an entrepreneur with lived experience, trainings, and connections to resources. The workshop is a series of sessions covering how to plan, start, pay employees, open, run and grow a small business in Washington State. Clients are typically newcomers to the U.S. who may be refugees, asylees, or recent immigrants.
- Teach and/or assist in conducting workshops with the goal of providing information to current and aspiring entrepreneurs. You will be assigned a specific subject matter area based on your experience.
- Using the Washington State Small Business Guide as primary course content, help conduct quizzes and homework for workshop attendees.
- Work in a small team of volunteers under the leadership of the entrepreneurship team at WR.
- Communicate consistently and work closely with the team about progress of the class.
- Conduct a weekly online check in with the client about their progress for the week.
- Assist in providing your own expertise about business start-up topics or best practices.
- Practice active listening, humility, and cultural sensitivity in workshops and client interactions.
Requirements (please read carefully):
- Sensitivity to persons of culturally diverse backgrounds and willingness to work with individuals who may have limited English language skills
- CPA certification (preferred) or equivalent work experience in the area
- General knowledge on topics such as bookkeeping, business taxes, payroll, licenses, permits and other financial and operational aspects of running a small business
- Familiar/Experienced with running a successful small or medium sized business in King County, WA
- Demonstrate patience, understanding, and flexibility
- Complete the WR volunteer application and onboarding process, including an orientation, background, and driving check.
- Follow World Relief volunteer guidelines and communicate respectfully and consistently with WR staff
- Record and report monthly volunteer hours served, as detailed in the orientation
- Willing and able to meet in person for workshop classes
- Current driver’s license, access to a vehicle, and COVID-19 vaccine record
Who might be a good fit for this position?
- Someone who has experience in owning and operating their own small/medium business
- Is passionate about business entrepreneurship and helping others succeed
- Is CPA certified or had experience with accounting and taxes
- Has teaching skills including using PowerPoint, Zoom/Teams
- Has experience working with people with diverse cultures, languages, and experiences