The HIAS Refugee AmeriCorps Program is a national service program coordinated by HIAS, Inc. through its affiliate in Kent, WA, Jewish Family Service of Seattle, and funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Refugee AmeriCorps members will receive experience managing community volunteers engaged in assisting refugees' secure economic and educational opportunities. Each Refugee AmeriCorps member will be responsible for identifying and recruiting new and ongoing volunteers during the year while incorporating at least three effective volunteer management strategies into their organization's program. The members will also manage the volunteers to supplement community programs designed to engage diverse communities in enhanced orientation by providing job skills training, job placement services and financial literacy classes to help refugees gain skills for economic success. Finally, the members will enhance case management services provided to refugees by performing assessments of individuals' progress in navigating daily tasks, including shopping for basic goods, taking public transportation, doing housework, and tracking expenses.