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Case Management Aide - Keep Austin Housed (Americorps Program)

Keep Austin Housed (Americorps Program)

Sept. 5, 2018, 10 a.m. - July 26, 2019, 6 p.m.

Keep Austin Housed (KAH), a project of Front Steps, affects positive change in the lives of children, youth, and adults who are at risk of experiencing or currently experiencing homelessness. KAH places 35 full-time AmeriCorps members in 11 nonprofits across Austin to address the issues of homelessness and contribute to a community that is healthy, educated, safe, and self-sustaining.KAH AmeriCorps members work directly with individuals to overcome barriers to housing, employment, and personal stability. In addition to work at their sites, members develop personally and professionally through team-building events, trainings, and service opportunities.Members Will:-Serve full-time from September 2018-July 2019. Work hours vary but are typically 9:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday.-Serve for 11 months as part of AmeriCorps, a national service initiative to help others and meet critical needs in the community. For more information about AmeriCorps, visit http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-state-and-national.-Aid with existing case management services to address specific barriers clients are experiencing regarding his or her housing, employment, and/or personal stability goals.-Educate the community about homelessness as well as recruit, train and coordinate volunteers in supporting client, site, and project needs.-Attend regular trainings and participate in community service projects.-Make lifelong friendships and connectionsMember Benefits:-Annual living allowance of $12,630-Education award-Health Insurance-Childcare assistance-Student loan forbearance on qualified federal loans-Professional development and training opportunitiesOur Partners:Any Baby Can, Caritas of Austin, Casa Marianella, Family Eldercare, Foundation Communities, Foundation for the Homeless, Goodwill Industries of Central Texas, LifeWorks, SafePlace, and Trinity Center.How to Apply:Submit a cover letter and resume to keepaustinhoused@frontsteps.org.For more information about KAH: http://www.frontsteps.org/what-we-do/keep-austin-housedFront Steps Keep Austin Housed is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, citizenship status, or sexual orientation.

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500 E. 7th St.
Austin, Texas 78701

Refugee Youth Program Intern

Interfaith Action Of Central Texas (Iact)

Sept. 10, 2018, 1 a.m. - May 31, 2019, 1 a.m.

The iACT Refugee Youth Program matches adult mentors with teen refugees in Austin. The main goal of mentorship is to help refugee teens graduate from High School (or attain a GED). With the help of two mentors throughout the school year, teen refugees are given additional support for both school work and cultural/social orientation. In order for the program to succeed, iACT needs interns willing to accompany the mentors to their first visit with their mentee, and to be the mentor's point of contact throughout the school year. Intern ResponsibilitiesThe Refugee Services Intern is responsible for implementing the mentoring program for refugee youths for an average of 10 to 15 hours a week. Responsibilities include:Assisting in matching mentors with refugee youthsFacilitating meetings with the help of language interpretersOrganizing a reporting system for mentors to followSet up, manage, and facilitate a close Facebook group for mentors to communicateCollecting, documenting, and photographing mentor/mentee relationships for iACT communications teamHaving in person or phone contact with supervisor (Maggie) every week, alternating between phone and in person meetingsOrganizing and facilitating 2-3 annual meetings with mentors and supervisors, Lu, Maggie, and GillianMost of the work needs to be done afternoons, evenings, and some weekends. Interns must be exceptionally organized, be able to work independently, have good people skills, and be capable of flexibility and creativity under changing conditions.Cultural competency and understanding are necessary. This is an opportunity to work with newly arrived refugees from numerous countries around the world and to make a difference in the lives of teenagers with language and cultural barriers helping them to finish high school as a first step to successful lives.

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2921 E 17th St
Austin, Texas 78702

Come Help Adults With Disabilities On Thursday Afternoons!

The Arc Of The Capital Area

March 20, 2019, 1 p.m. - Aug. 15, 2019, 3 p.m.

The Arc of the Capital Area is looking for volunteers to assist clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our Education Programs. We are in need of 3 volunteers to come on Thursday afternoons, 12-2pm, for at least the next 4 months. Volunteers socialize with the students as they work, help them gather supplies, and encourage them to stay on task. Volunteers assist students by encouraging them, helping them stay on track and engaged, gathering supplies, socializing, and in some cases even physically guiding the hand of some of our less ambulatory or vision impaired clients.The Education Programs are open Monday through Friday from 9am to 2pm. We have two sets of classes - Adult Education and Art Education. Volunteers can sign up to help in their program of choice.Adult Education classes are as follows: -Monday: Digital Literacy/Media (combined with Art classes this day)-Tuesday: Health & Wellness, including a walking club and healthy recipes-Wednesday: Urban Gardening in a community garden plot across the street-Thursday: Independent Living-Friday: Vocational EducationArt Education classes (Volunteers do not need to have artistic talent! The students are the artists, and volunteers support them in their endeavors):-Monday: Digital Media arts-Tuesday: Performing arts, such as acting or singing-Wednesday - Friday: Visual arts, such as painting and drawingWe ask that volunteers commit to at least 1 shift per week for a 4 month period.Feel free to contact Leah Marsden, Volunteer Coordinator, at lmarsden@arcaustin.org with any questions.Visit www.arcaustin.org/get-involved to apply today!

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The Arc of the Capital Area, 4902 Grover Avenue
Austin, Texas 78756

Global Climate Strike (September 20)

Fridays for Future

Sept. 19, 2019, 8 p.m. - Sept. 27, 2019, 7:59 p.m.

To date, young people have led the climate strikes around the world. Now we need adults to join us too. On September 20, 2019, Fridays for Future, the Youth Climate Strike movements, and all of our international friends and allies call for a global general strike. Mark and add it to your calendar. Workers everywhere, please: we are asking you to join us and walk away from a system that is destroying our planet and will threaten the survival of millions of people, plants, and animals within the next 10, 20, 30 years. We don’t feel like we have a choice: it’s been years of talking, countless negotiations, empty deals on climate change and fossil fuel companies being given free rides to drill beneath our soils and burn away our futures for their profit. Politicians and fossil fuel companies have known about climate change for decades. They have willingly handed over their responsibility for our future to profiteers whose search for quick cash threatens our very existence. This crisis is very real, and it cannot be ignored any longer. We have learned that if we don’t start acting for our future, nobody else will make the first move. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. Once again our voices are being heard on the streets, but it is not just up to us. We feel a lot of adults haven’t quite understood that we young people won’t hold off the climate crisis ourselves. Sorry if this is inconvenient for you. But this is not a single-generation job. It’s humanity’s job. We young people can contribute to a larger fight and that can make a huge difference. We can't do this with you and everyone you know. So this is our invitation. Starting on Friday, September 20 we will kickstart a week of climate action with a worldwide strike for the climate. We’re asking adults to step up alongside us. There are many different plans under way in different parts of the world for adults to join together and step up and out of your comfort zone for our climate. Let’s all join together, with your neighbours, co-workers, friends, family and go out on to the streets to make your voices heard and make this a turning point in our history. During the French revolution mothers flooded the streets for their children. Today we children are fighting for ourselves, but so many of our parents are busy discussing whether our grades are good, or a new diet or what happened in the Game of Thrones finale – while the planet burns. This moment has to happen. Last year’s UN intergovernmental panel on climate change’s special report on global warming was clear about the unprecedented dangers of going beyond 1.5C of global heating. Emissions must drop rapidly – so that by the time we are in our mid- and late-20s we are living in a completely transformed world. But to change everything, we need everyone. It is time for all of us to unleash mass resistance – we have shown that collective action does work. We need to escalate the pressure to make sure that change happens, and we must escalate together. So this is our chance – join us on climate strike this September. People have risen up before to demand action and make change; if we do so in numbers we have a chance. If we care, we must do more than say we do. We must act. This won’t be the last day we need to take to the streets, but it will be a new beginning. We’re counting on you. #FridaysForFuture #ClimateStrike

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Translation and Interpretation Volunteer - REMOTE anywhere in THE WORLD

Freedom For Immigrants

Flexible times and locations

Freedom for Immigrants (FFI) is devoted to abolishing immigration detention, while ending the isolation of people currently suffering in this profit-driven system. Because of the nature of our work, we provide services to people who speak a multitude of different languages. Immigrants and refugees are often already disempowered in the immigration system because of the language barrier, we want to reduce this by ensuring that we are able to provide program information to all our clients in their preferred language. The Translation and Interpretation Team The Translation and Interpretation Team will be a new team within FFI who will help ensure all our materials are translated to meet the diverse language needs of our clients. In some cases, volunteers may also help with interpretation for support sessions. What Does the Translation and Interpretation Volunteer Do? Volunteers can take on written translation tasks or spoken interpretation tasks, as they prefer. While we do not expect Translation and Interpretation Volunteers to necessarily have qualifications relating to translation or interpretation, they should have a demonstrated strong ability in the languages they wish to translate. Ideally, volunteers will only translate from a second language into their native language, although with time pressures it is possible this will not always be the case. The translation system is a two step process, so weaker translators can work on something first before handing it over to a more experienced translator to correct any minor mistakes. In this way, we hope to be able to support translation and interpretation volunteers to improve their skills. Expectations with regard to time commitment are flexible because we recognize that people will have changing schedules. Tasks will be posted on a first come first served basis so volunteers are able to dip in and out as convenient. For a guide, we hope that volunteers will be able to offer at least 4-6 hours of their time per month. Responsibilities include: Participation in bi-monthly team meetings Translation of written materials including: FFI procedures and policies, training materials, client worksheets Interpretation (by phone or in person) for case management sessions, training sessions etc. Log all volunteer hours This role is perfect for someone who wants to do something proactive to help immigrants and refugees. We are looking for energetic people who are self-motivated, and excited to be a part of ending the immigrant detention system. Volunteer Profile Required: Fluency in English Minimum commitment of 12 months at 4 hours per week Intermediate computing skills: Database, Word, Excel, and others Passionate about justice for refugees, asylum seekers and other immigrants Flexibility Reliability Maturity Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds Desired: Fluency in a second language (or more...) Degree in Education, International Development, Social Sciences, Communications, ESL, Translation, Interpretation or work experience in these fields. Previous experience of volunteering

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