In addition to partial rent support, we are organizing to welcome refugee families well. Please consider becoming a part of one of our Support Teams!
Are you interested in organizing or leading a team, working with friends, your church, temple, or mosque, or another organization, or in joining an established team? Please let us know by filling out this form! Please note: filling out our Support Team Interest Form does not obligate you to any specific volunteer role. We will be in touch with you to confirm how and when you’d get involved. (Thank you for filling out the form – it will enable us to form teams well.)
Here are some of the specific roles that volunteers can play as we prepare for incoming families:
Support Team roles, tasks, and responsibilities:
OVERALL TEAM LEAD or CO-LEAD--coordinator of relationship with family and Support Team colleagues, and point of contact for our resettlement agency partner, Catholic Charities Dioscese of Arlington-Migration & Refugee Services (CCDA) (training and scheduling)
FURNITURE/FURNISHING--coordinates with CCDA based on the size of the family and furniture requirements, as well as with the landlord for the configuration of the apartment or home; co-leads "move-in day" and works with family after move-in to identify needs for additional furniture and furnishings
WELCOME HOME--coordinates with CCDA based on the size of the family, to organize sub-teams to support four functions: a) provide Welcome Home Kit of household goods; b) stock the pantry with first month's groceries; c) provide seasonal clothing for family members (based on needs); d) if the family will be welcoming a baby in the near future, provide appropriate furnishings and baby supplies
AIRPORT ARRIVAL and WELCOME MEAL--when applicable and in coordination with CCDA, arrange to meet the family at the airport and take them to their new home, as well as provide their first meal upon arrival
RIDES and LOCAL LOGISTICS--willing to help with visits to doctors, government offices, etc.; help family members learn how to use public transportation
COMMUNITY CONNECTION--ongoing coordination with Welcoming FC and community organizations (schools, City, etc.) to support school registration and connect people locally, etc.
CHILD CARE SUPPORT--occasional babysitting for job interviews and other appointments
Longer term roles, tasks, and responsibilities - note these roles involve working with multiple Support Teams and with more than one Support Team:
ESOL-- teach, serve as assistant teacher, or tutor with Welcoming FC's Adult & Family Literacy Center; ensure that family members are enrolled in English classes as quickly as possible; coordinate transportation to classes as needed
HOUSING-- work with landlords (apartments and single family houses) and develop and support Welcoming FC's Welcoming Landlord Network
JOB MENTORING-- in conjunctions with CCDA and coordinating with resources available in Falls Church; support family members in their job search and develop Welcoming FC's Welcoming Employer Network
COMMUNITY GUIDE-- get people involved and together! serve as coordinating reference for community activities and opportunities to get involved in Falls Church; expand their circle of acquaintances
CHILD CARE SUPPORT-- offer occasional babysitting for job interviews and other appointments
SCHOOL TUTORING-- be a tutor and "study buddy" for school-age children
APARTMENT/HOUSE FURNISHING-- help with "move-in days" with multiple families, supporting Support Teams with know-how and experience
GENERAL ADMINISTRATION-- help Welcoming FC with partnerships, administration, finance, etc.
COMMUNICATIONS-- help with communications including management of translations of certain documents
We look forward to working with you. Thank you for your interest!
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