Reader Question: Do You Have Employment Volunteer Training Materials?

Jennifer Barischoff has worked in refugee resettlement for more than 8 years, including work with IRC and Catholic Charitites.

Jenny Barischoff has worked in refugee resettlement for more than 8 years, including work with IRC and Catholic Charitites.

Jenny Barischoff is starting a new refugee resettlement site in Salem, Oregon as a branch office of Catholic Charities Oregon in Portland.  Volunteers are going to be especially important as she builds community awareness and starts with a very small staff.

She’ll recruit volunteers specifically to help with employment and is looking for curriculum and other materials already available.  There’s a lot out there for general volunteer training, but less that is specific to employment.

Please send your suggestions and resources to help Jenny launch the first refugee resettlement program in Salem!

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  1. Chris Collier says:

    A couple of years ago, we created a binder called “Employment Client Waiting Services.” We conduct walk-ins once a week for clients to meet with Case Managers and Employment Specialists, and sometimes clients have to spend a while in the waiting room. When volunteers and interns are available on a walk-in day, they use the binder to find activities to take advantage of that time–there are sheets to establish basic workplace vocabulary, assess math skills, and determine the client’s employable skills to prepare for interviews. Since volunteers’ schedules don’t always match up with the times we are most in need of their assistance, it’s good to have a packet put together so they can be working on something important even while staff members are otherwise occupied.

    • Lorel Donaghey says:

      Good idea and creative structure that accomplished many positive things for clients at the same time. Thanks, Chris. If you are able to share any of the materials in your binder, they sound like helpful resources for the national network. Lorel

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