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Youth & Family Services Volunteers

Requirements for all volunteer roles

  1. Sensitivity and openness to persons of culturally diverse backgrounds
  2. High degree of patience, understanding, and flexibility
  3. Attend a General Volunteer Orientation and role-specific orientation prior to starting
  4. Record and report volunteer hours, as detailed in the Volunteer Orientation
  5. Pass Federal Background Check and driving record check (if applicable)
  6. Clear time and space in your schedule for your commitment
  7. In person roles: submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination

Summer Academy Classroom Volunteer

July 19th-August 19th; School-age program meets Tu-Th from 9am-3pm. Preschool program meets Tu-Fri in the mornings only. Volunteers will either be placed with preschool or school-age classrooms.

  • Commitment: One or more days a week, on the same day of the week, for the duration of our program OR Every day for one week of our program (T-F).
  • COVID-19 vaccine: required
  • Location: Central Kent
  • Point of contact: Brielle Cosgrove (school-age), Raishawn Swensen (preschool)

 

Responsibilities: 

  • Assist with the classroom activities as directed by summer academy instructors (for example, building a catapult with a small group, or budding up with a student to learn some new English words).
  • Willingness to jump in wherever needed, support any and all students that could use a friend, and bring positivity and energy to the program.
  • Able to pass a federal background check and provide COVID-19 vaccination record
  • Consistently report volunteer hours
  • Attend virtual volunteer orientation: June 23rd, 6:30-8pm.

Summer Academy Friday Field Trip Chaperone

July 22nd, July 29th, August 5th, August 12th, and/or August 19th

  • Commitment: One or more Fridays for a full day, 9am-4pm (timing depends on trip).
  • COVID-19 vaccine: required
  • Location: Starting and ending in Central Kent
  • Points of contact: Brielle Cosgrove and Raishawn Swensen

Responsibilities: 

  • Chaperone 7-20 students as they navigate the day's activities. Field trips vary, but may look like beach days, aquarium/zoo trips, island visits, museums, or field days.
  • Potentially assist in other ways as needed, such as riding along on the bus, helping facilitate lunch/snacks, transporting supplies, etc.
  • Able to pass a federal background check and provide COVID-19 vaccination record
  • Consistently report volunteer hours
  • Attend virtual volunteer orientation: June 23rd, 6:30-8pm.

Summer Academy Afternoon Elective Leader

July 19th - August 18th

  • Commitment: One or multiple hour-long sessions, which will be offered Tu-Th in the early afternoon (specific schedule coming soon).
  • COVID-19 vaccine: required
  • Location: Central Kent
  • Point of contact: Brielle Cosgrove

 

Responsibilities: 

  • Plan a fun and educational elective activity to supplement classroom learning and build community. Examples: Basketball, group games, woodworking, ribbon twirling, music, nature walk, etc. The sky's the limit! Students will be able to choose which activity suits them each day, so attendance varies, but facilitators should plan for up to 25 students K-8th.
  • 1-2 adults will likely be available to help out as needed, but it is recommended that elective leaders recruit additional facilitation support if they feel their activity requires it (all volunteers must complete background check process).
  • Collect, set up, and clean up supplies needed.
  • Able to pass a federal background check and provide COVID-19 vaccination record
  • Consistently report volunteer hours
  • Attend virtual volunteer orientation: June 23rd, 6:30-8pm.

For consideration, submit elective ideas via this link by July 1st. Program Coordinator will communicate if your requested date and proposed activity are approved.

Home Visitation Volunteer, First Step Program

  • Commitment: 3+ months, at least once a week
  • COVID-19 vaccine: required
  • Location: homes of client families
  • Point of contact: Raishawn Swensen and Tatlin Campbell
A volunteer with the First Steps program will work closely with the Early Learning Coordinator to support families with kids ages 0-5. This role includes everything from delivering materials, joining online meetings with families, supporting staff in conducting assessments, and assisting during home visits, outings, and field trips.

Requirements: 

  • Experience working in culturally sensitive situations
  • Experience working with early learners (0-5)
  • Bilingual, immigrant/refugee background or vast professional experience working in cross-cultural environments ideal
  • Great love for children and knowledge on how to guide children to find their answers rather than providing the answer for them
  • Able to pass a federal background check and provide COVID-19 vaccination record
  • Consistently report volunteer hours

Mill Creek After School Program Volunteer

  • Commitment: 3 months, 1-2 times a week on Tuesdays/Thursdays from 2:45-5pm
  • COVID-19 vaccine: required
  • Location: Mill Creek Middle School, Kent
  • Point of contact: Brielle Cosgrove
Volunteers at the Mill Creek after school program support coordinator on Tuesdays and Thursday with the set up, program time, and clean up of the afterschool program. Volunteers connect with middle school youth, supporting them with their homework and engaging them in their social, emotional, and language skills.

Requirements: 

  • Creative, energetic, and thoughtful, with a love for engaging students and connecting with them
  • Experience tutoring or providing academic support to youth ideal
  • Bilingual, immigrant/refugee background or experience working in cross-cultural environments ideal.
  • Pashto, Russian, and Dari speakers are especially needed.
  • Able to pass a federal background check and provide COVID-19 vaccination record
  • Consistently report volunteer hours

Family Literacy Class Volunteer

  • Commitment: 3 months, times vary
  • COVID-19 vaccine: required
  • Location: Virtual and community parks around Kent
  • Point of contact: Raishawn Swensen

Family Literacy volunteers join the (currently) online preschool at least once a week. Classes are held Mon-Thurs from 10:30-11:30am. Volunteers help with breakout rooms and work with children in appropriate age groups for activities. In-person meet-ups occur every two weeks at a park or outdoor area in Kent. Volunteers join as activity leads and supports, deliver supplies, and may help transport families to in-person gatherings.

Requirements: 

  • Experience working with young children ages 0-5
  • Flexible and willing to support parents of young children
  • Creative, energetic, and thoughtful, with a love for engaging students and connecting with them
  • Able to pass a federal background check and provide COVID-19 vaccination record
  • Consistently report volunteer hours

Family Support Volunteer

Commitment: 3+ months, weekly on a flexible schedule
COVID-19 vaccine: Not required at this time
Location: Remote
Point of contact: Brielle Cosgrove
Our goal is to connect each refugee and immigrant family with a supportive volunteer to come alongside and help navigate the challenges of the school year. This might include practicing English, listening to concerns, supporting goals, connecting families to resources, facilitating learning activities, and building a friendship. In a season where we all need connection, this is an opportunity to offer tangible support and share resources where it matters the most.

Responsibilities: 

Commit to supporting a family by connecting with them 1-2x a week for at least three months (virtually, for the foreseeable future)

Assist the family however able with academic studies, English tutoring, tech support/literacy, social-emotional encouragement, and friendship. World Relief staff will provide training, community with other volunteers, and on-demand support (no need for you to be an expert, just willing to help and learn!)

Serve as a liaison between World Relief and the family, helping to pass along resources and opportunities from staff, as well as communicating family needs and requests back to the School Age Coordinator

Consistently report volunteer hours

Next steps

The first step is to fill out a volunteer application. Don't forget to mark Youth Programs as your area of interest. 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

*Required for new volunteers and returning volunteers who have not submitted an application in over a year. Background checks must also be renewed yearly.

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