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Become a Volunteer

Volunteers are an invaluable element of the Institute. There are many ways you or your group can help support us by giving your time and talents. Below are brief descriptions of the volunteer positions in our various programs and departments.

Note that we take great care in matching volunteer skills with the Institute's needs. We will ask for your resume, and that you come in for an orientation. Both you and the relevant staff member can determine if it's a good fit. If you find a volunteer position that sounds right for you and you would like more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator or the appropriate program director.

In addition, IICONN is soliciting applications for the summer and fall 2014 semesters. Full time & part time internships are available for both graduate and undergraduate students.

Students interested in internships, please send a resume and cover letter addressed to Angela R. Andersen, Executive Director, to internships@iiconn.org

Refugee Case aide: Accompany clients to doctor’s appointments or social service agencies and assist with providing resettlement services. French, Nepali or Arabic speakers helpful.

Refugee Mentor: Show refugee clients around their new communities. Activities can include helping clients become familiar with public transportation, taking them to the library or museums, and going to restaurants. Must make a 6 month commitment and meet 2-3 times per month.

Interpreter: Become a member of our volunteer interpreter bank. Language needs include (but are not limited to) French, Spanish, Portuguese, Creole, Khmer, Arabic, Farsi, Thai, Russian, and many other languages. The Institute offers periodic training in this area which result in a certificate. Must speak English fluently; some interpreting experience preferred.

Conversation Partner: Meet with an immigrant or refugee client who would like to practice his or her English language skills and become more comfortable conversing with a native speaker. This program requires a weekly commitment over 5-10 weeks.

Pro Bono Counselor: Conduct group or one-on-one counseling sessions for trauma victims from our refugee, human trafficking, and other victim services programs. Clinical background required. For more information please contact Ellen Massali or at 203-336-0141

Workshop Facilitator:  Facilitate workshops for refugees and immigrants, focused on specialized or non-specialized topics.  Past workshops have included financial literacy and banking, tax preparation, nutrition & wellness, parenting in the US, and preparing for the CT drivers test.

Legal Assistant: Support immigration staff members as they help clients adjust their immigration status, file for citizenship, and secure employment authorization, among other legal matters.

Employment Assistant: Call employers and find businesses in the area to search for job opportunities for clients. Assist clients with resume writing and applying for jobs online.

English Tutor: Work with English language learners as an assistant in ESL classes or tutor clients one-on-one.

Communications Assistant: IICONN seeks writer that can help convey our mission and community impact, by developing human interest stories, client interviews, and press releases.  Conduct outreach, fundraise, edit our newsletter, research for grants, and update brochures and flyers.

Special Events Coordinator: Participate in planning and executing special events.

Office Assistant: Support various departments with filing, data entry, and other clerical duties.

Social Media Assistant: Help IICONN develop and maintain social media programs, including Facebook and Twitter.  A commitment of 1-2 hours weekly is required, over the course of 3-12 months.

Driver: Pick up and drop off in-kind donations.

University Interns:  IICONN welcomes university interns from various majors and disciplines.  Most of our students receive college credit, although some do not. 

Pro Bono Attorneys:  Serve as a consultant or mentor to partially accredited representatives, or participate in our court representation project by representing low income individuals in cases involving cancellation of removal, asylum, 212 ( c ) waivers, adjustment of status, convention against torture, and deportation. 

If you are interested in any of the above volunteer opportunities or have any other ideas of how you can contribute your time or talent, please contact Marie Dallas, or email your resume, cover letter and volunteer application to volunteer@iiconn.org.