IMAGINE what it would be like to arrive in a new country where you don’t know the language and are unfamiliar with the food and culture. Something as “simple” as walking into an American supermarket is certain to produce feelings of anxiety and sensory overload.
Volunteers are an essential part of Interfaith-RISE. They help clients get to medical appointments, get to know local communities and parks, serve as tutors for K-12 and ELL students, mentor job seekers, navigate public transportation, and more. I-RISE welcomes community volunteers for these roles.
Though we need all kinds of volunteers who can provide any level of commitment, we are especially in need of Lead Volunteers, those who are willing to serve as an “anchor” for a newly arrived family or individual – someone an I-RISE client can count on as their “go to” in the initial first few weeks or months after arrival, to help navigate things like that first supermarket trip.
Monthly Volunteer Orientation, and Trainings (Online) – Orientation, Volunteer, and Lead/Key Volunteer Trainings are conducted on the first, second and third Thursdays of the month, respectively.
Volunteer Orientation: Rachel Druker will be conducting a one-hour virtual orientation session for new volunteers to introduce them to Interfaith-RISE and all that we do, ways to be involved, and the Refugee process of integration into American society and culture. (If you would like to become a Lead Volunteer to assist a family, please contact Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org )
Volunteer Training: This is a more in-depth online workshop to familiarize yourself with the volunteer process and prepares participants to be equipped and ready to volunteer with our clients.
Lead/Key Volunteer Training: This training is for individuals who are interested in learning more about being a lead/key volunteer. Leads are encouraged to act as a “friendly neighbor”, providing social support to a single family. No commitment to a family is needed prior to attending the training.
If you are interested in attending, please get in touch with Rachel@Interfaithrise.org
Rachel Drucker is inviting you to a scheduled Microsoft Teams meeting. LINK WORKS FOR ALL DAYS AND BOTH TIMES.
Topic: I-RISE Volunteer Orientation
Day/Time: January 11, February 1, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6, 2024, 12:30 pm and 6:30 pm Eastern Time
Topic: I-RISE Volunteer Training
Day/Time: January 18, February 8, March 14, April 11, May 9, June 13, 2023 12:30 pm and 6:30 pm Eastern Time
Topic: I-RISE Lead/Key Volunteer Training
Day/Time: January 25, February 15, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20, 2023 12:30pm and 6:30pm Eastern Time
PLEASE NOTE! We are now using Microsoft Teams for our video calls.
Join Our Volunteer Team in Central New Jersey
Fill out our volunteer form for the I-RISE Highland Park Office
ELL Volunteer Tutor Interest Form – (for Highland Park only)
Help at Highland Park Donation Center Needed: Donation Management & Preparation (via SignUpGenius)
Rides Needed! (Central Jersey): Rides Needed (via SignUpGenius)
Log Volunteer Hours – HP
Report your volunteer hours using this short form.
Join Our Volunteer Team in Southern New Jersey
Fill out our volunteer form for the I-RISE Vineland Office
Rides Needed! (South Jersey): Rides Needed (via SignUpGenius)
Log Volunteer Hours – SJ
Report your volunteer hours using this short form.
Youth Mentoring Program
Youth Mentoring is a new program serving young people ages 18-24 to provide educational and social programs along with connecting them to a volunteer mentor. We are looking for volunteers who are interested and able to:
Meet with mentees once a week to start, for at least an hour.
2. Provide guidance and support to help mentees achieve their academic or occupational goals.
3. Act as a mentor helping them adjust to living in New Jersey.
4. Have experience in their field of work that they would like to share.
5. Optional: Interest in working with a small group on different ELL (English Language Learning) topics based on the interests of mentees.
If you are not able to be a mentor but still are interested in helping, we are always looking for individuals to create professional, educational, or life skills workshops or social programs for the Mentees. Please contact Rachel Druker for further info email@example.com
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I get started?
Fill out our Mentor Interest Form by clicking on this link
What if I only speak English?
Although many of our young people speak Haitian Creole, Ukrainian, Arabic, Pashto, Dari, Urdu, and Spanish, many of them already speak English and all of them are learning! We have many online resources that will help you communicate with your mentee.
How will I know how to help?
Every mentee has already met with a Youth Mentor Staff member and has gone over two or three goals that they would like to accomplish. Many of these goals are things like getting a GED, applying to college, finding a new job, etc.
Is there training available?
Yes, all mentors will be required to take two one-hour virtual training sessions before working with a mentee. These trainings will go over how to build relationships, accountability, goal planning etc.