REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT OFFICE

1610 South King Street

Seattle, WA 98144

+1 (206) 323-3152

info@rroseattle.org

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VOLUNTEER

Volunteers are vital to the success of our office and to many of our clients. We appreciate your interest in working with both us and the refugee community in Seattle.
Clients often need one-on-one assistance in order to develop their English skills, work on their resumes, and organize their small businesses.  See below for our current volunteer opportunities and how to apply.

ESL Tutor

Work in a classroom setting and assist students in completing assignments and practicing English conversation skills. Volunteers will work one-on-one with students that need extra help learning to read, write and speak English.

Classes are held Monday through Thursday, 9:30 - 12:30 at our Seattle and Kent offices. Current opportunities available in Kent. 3-month minimum commitment, 2 to 4 hours per week.

Employment & Job Development
Resettlement Caseworker Assistant

Resettlement or social service assistants will assist case managers with the day to day activities at the office (such as making files, office organization and clean up), as well as directly impacting the lives of refugees that come through our resettlement program. These activities will include: apartment set-up, gathering household supplies, applying for social services, school enrollment etc.

Volunteers are needed Monday - Friday, 11am to 4pm. Current opportunities available at our Seattle office with occasional travel to Kent. 3-month minimum commitment, 2 to 6 hours per week.

HOW TO APPLY:

  • Check out our available volunteer positions and see which one seems the best fit for you. Before applying, please keep in mind that due to the training and orientation required, we ask that volunteers make a commitment of at least three months. Volunteers are usually scheduled for a two to four hour period, one to three days per week. If you are interested in volunteering but have other commitments, consider signing up for one of our Volunteer Group Projects or organizing a basic needs drive!

  • After reviewing your application, we will set up a short phone interview and conduct a  background check. You will then be invited to participate in volunteer orientation where you will receive further training from your department, set your work schedule and get oriented to the office.

CURRENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

English Tutor

Work one-on-one or in a small group with students who speak limited English and are working to improve their vocabulary and grammar. Pick a topic that interests you and help encourage conversation. 

Hours are flexible and students are located in Des Moines, Seattle and Kent. 3-month minimum commitment, 1 to 4 hours per week.

Micro-Enterprise Assistant

Work with our micro-enterprise clients to help make their business a reality. With coaching from our micro-e staff, develop a questionnaire to help clients find a location that will work well for their business. In addition, assist with small business trainings that provide valuable knowledge to immigrants in the greater Seattle area.

Hours are flexible and can take place during the workweek or weekend. 2-month minimum commitment, 1-5 hours per week.

Employment Specialist Assistant

Work one on one with refugees to help them find jobs. You will help search for jobs online, complete applications, and develop and edit resumes. In the process you will help refugees build computer proficiency and learn about workplace culture.

Volunteers are needed Monday - Thursday, 10 am to 4 pm. Current opportunities available in Kent and Seattle. 3-month minimum commitment, 2 to 12 hours per week.

English Class (ESL) Tutor

Work in a classroom setting and assist students in completing assignments and practicing English conversation skills. Volunteers will work one-on-one with students that need extra help learning to read, write and speak English.

Classes are held Monday through Thursday, 9:30 - 12:30 at our Seattle and Kent offices. Current opportunities available in Kent. 3-month minimum commitment, 2 to 4 hours per week.

Youth Mentor

Develop a personal and positive rapport with a refugee youth. RRO will match our Youth Mentors with newly arrived refugee youth who need or want a caring, responsible adult in their lives with the goal of developing social and life skills. 

 

This involves consistent meetings with your mentee, helping them to learn American culture, supporting them in English learning and providing academic support. Offering youth opportunities to participate in civic and community activities is also a focus.   

 

Must be passionate about advocating for the success of youth and be able to make a long-term commitment of at least 9 months. Training will be provided.

Resettlement Caseworker Assistant

Resettlement or social service assistants will assist case managers with the day to day activities at the office (such as making files, office organization and clean up), as well as directly impacting the lives of refugees that come through our resettlement program. These activities will include: apartment set-up, gathering household supplies, applying for social services, school enrollment etc.

Volunteers are needed Monday - Friday, 11am to 4pm. Current opportunities available at our Seattle office with occasional travel to Kent. 3-month minimum commitment, 2 to 12 hours per week.

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