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Monday, November 07, 2005
Volunteer Advocates Needed for Hurricane Evacuees in Metro Atlanta
Resettlement Volunteer Advocate Program Volunteer Advocate Position Description
Position Summary: Hands On Atlanta is seeking 500 Volunteer Advocates to serve the needs of former Gulf Coast residents. We are seeking volunteers who wish to help Gulf Coast residents to resettle and begin new lives in the Atlanta area. Working closely with case managers, Volunteer Advocates will be matched with evacuee families in order to provide community orientation and assistance with finding permanent housing, gainful employment and other resettlement needs. Volunteer Advocates may escort their evacuees to job interviews or assist evacuees in accessing libraries and other community resources.
The Volunteer Advocate role is extremely important, requiring a time commitment of at least three (3) hours per week for at least three (3) to six (6) months.
Responsibilities of the Volunteer Advocate: • Provide direct resettlement services using a self-sufficiency checklist that guides evacuees toward opportunities for gainful employment and permanent housing. o Finding permanent housing - Helping evacuees search for permanent housing to suit to their needs, within the constraints of their budget and resources. o Finding permanent employment – Help evacuees to access training and/ or employment with resume preparation, job searches, or help to seek additional resources for job skills development. • Guide and directly assist evacuees through a series of social services. • Provide friendship and guidance to Gulf Coast evacuees now living in Atlanta. • Create a network of colleagues, peers, friends or faith community services to support the varied needs of evacuees who are new to Atlanta by helping them to access local services, facilities, leisure activities and other resources when necessary. • Alert Hands On Atlanta case managers to any changes that may affect the evacuees' ability to secure permanent housing and gainful employment. • Attend monthly Volunteer Advocate meetings to enhance skills and learn new information related to this assignment, as well as providing weekly reports to Hands On Atlanta case managers. • Keep every appointment with evacuees unless change is unavoidable. Give the Hands On Atlanta case manager 24 hours notice if an appointment will be missed.
Applicant Requirements: • Complete the volunteer application and submit to and pass a volunteer background check. • Make a 6 month commitment, 3 hours availability per week • Willingness to travel and knowledge of local community/ greater Atlanta area. • Attend 4 hour training. • Access to an automobile. • A social network of colleagues, peers, friends or faith community to support the needs of evacuees. • Flexibility: Volunteers may find that specific tasks may vary from time to time depending on the evolving needs of evacuee family or resettlement staff. • Telephone, internet & email access for communication