Catholic Charities Volunteer Services


Refugee Center - Cultural Integration Volunteer

The Cultural Integration Volunteer will assist the Refugee Service Program to develop a July 4th social gathering for our clients. Volunteers will promote cross-cultural awareness and welcome our clients to life in the United States. By helping to plan and develop our first social gathering to promote cross-cultural appreciation, volunteers will help build community among clients. 

This is a pilot project, therefore if the first event is successful, we will try to schedule quarterly cross-cultural events. 

Volunteers will:

  • Attend 2-3 planning meetings per month
  • Organize all logistics for gatherings including food, activities, advertising, etc. (Budget and reimbursement will be provided by TVAP staff)
  • Host the party and celebrate with the clients
  • If successful, coordinate and recruit other party planners for future events

Volunteers will gain:

  • Hands-on experience planning cross-cultural social gatherings
  • Direct experience working with refugees, asylees, and other immigrants
  • Experience joining the Refugee Service Team to assist clients in resettling in the U.S.

Volunteer Qualifications:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Proficiency in Spanish preferred, not required
  • Event planning experience preferred

Where: 1018 Monroe St. NE, Washington, DC (near Brookland Metro Station)

When: Immediate start date! As part of training, volunteers will attend volunteer orientation on June 19. 

Time Commitment: At least 3 months, 3-4 hours per month, 8-10 hours during month of event. Possibility for extension if event is successful. Time for meetings is flexible, gathering possibly planned for Saturday.

Training: 

  • Volunteer Orientation on June 19 (or alternative date if necessary)
  • Cultural Sensitivity when working with refugees/asylees/foreign survivors of trafficking
  • Event planning, logistics, and evaluation
  • Cross-cultural communication and activities that promote this topic

Questions: Email volunteer@cc-dc.org

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