ORGANIZATIONAL SUPPORT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

OFFICE ASSISTANT

Support REC staff with various projects around the office. Each week, we are in need of volunteers to cover reception, complete data entry, manage files, and complete other administrative duties. This volunteer opportunity must take place during normal business hours. Come in to help once, or set up a regular schedule with the Volunteer Coordinator.

DONATION SUPPORT

Volunteers to support staff with donation collection, organization, and maintenance of donations. In-kind donations are essential to support the financial stability of REC clients. To best utilize these donations, they must be acquired, sorted, and organized efficiently. This volunteer opportunity is very flexible! Pick up donations on the weekend or coordinate with the Volunteer Coordinator to come in to the office occasionally or on a regular basis.

Internships

We have a wide array of internships! The time commitments range from 5-20 hours per week. Talk to the Volunteer Coordinator if interested.

LIFE SKILLS-BASED VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

FIRST FRIENDS*

This mentorship opportunity is perfectly suited for groups who want become immersed in the journey of New American families toward self-sufficiency. As a First Friend you will provide companionship, pass on cultural insight, promote self-advocacy, and assess other needs. You will volunteer with your family 3-4 hours weekly for at least 4 months. You can meet with your family during the weeknights, or weekends.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE TUTOR*

Meet regularly with an individual or small group to enrich English language skills in-home or at a mutually convenient location. No English tutoring experience necessary. You will meet with your tutee for 1-2 hours per week for at least 3 months. You can meet with your tutee during the weeknights, or weekends—whatever works best with your schedule!

TRANSPORTATION TUTOR*

Help New Americans navigate the Omaha public transportation system. First step is to teach individuals or families to get from their home to the Refugee Empowerment Center Office. This volunteer opportunity must take place during the week, as bus schedules change on the weekends. Once you’ve been trained, you can accept assignments as they make sense in your schedule.

CO-SPONSORSHIP VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

CO-SPONSOR*

This volunteer opportunity is especially designed for groups of 8-15 volunteers. Help furnish an arriving family’s new home with new or gently used items.

Responsibilities of Co-Sponsor Group Include:
Gather new or gently used household items (e.g., pots, pans, toiletries, furniture)
Set up the house/apartment the day before/day of (this will likely fall on a weekday)
Buy groceries for the family from our culturally appropriate grocery list

Example Co-Sponsor Groups:
Faith-based groups (e.g., small group, bible study, special interest group)
Friend groups with at least 8 adults
Family-based groups with at least 8 adults
Other formal or informal groups with at least 8 adult members

*for these volunteer opportunities, you will need to complete a $21 background check and go through further training