Volunteer


Are you interested in serving refugees from Burma? We would love to have you volunteer at KOM! Volunteers give their time to support refugees as they transition to their new life in Minnesota. They are an important part of increasing KOM’s services.

 

Current Opportunities

Civic Engagement Volunteer

Availability: Open

Build your communications skills while also helping the community be more involved in the electoral process! We need volunteers to help our Civic Engagement Coordinator make phone calls to make sure everyone who is eligible is registered to vote in the 2021 elections. Phone banking, and Get Out The Vote volunteer shifts are available now through November 2nd! $20 per hour stipend for your first 2 shifts!

Youth Tutor

Availability: Open

Are you interested in tutoring Karen high school students in Saint Paul Public Schools? KOM is looking for patient, flexible and self-motivated college students or adults who have a passion to tutor high school students with limited English proficiency. Tutors will assist students with homework during KOM’s afterschool programs on weekday afternoons.

*Remote volunteer support needed due to COVID-19

Immigration Interpreter

Availability: Open

Want to gain phone interpreting experience? Our office partners with an Immigration Worker from Arrive Ministries who assists KOM clients on Mondays with citizenship and green card applications. The volunteer will support the clients and the Immigration Worker by providing over the phone interpretation during their on-call shift. Volunteer must be fluent in English and one or more of the following languages: S’gaw Karen, Karenni, Pwo Karen, Burmeseor Thai.

KOM Board Member

Availability: Open

Our Board of Directors is seeking new candidates who are motivated to be actively involved in furthering the mission of KOM. We currently have 5 open positions. Please read the position description for more info about our board and expectations.

Teaching Assistant Volunteer

Availability: Closed

Are you interested in teaching? Have a passion for studying languages? We are looking for a teaching assistant volunteer to help in our interpreting training classes. The volunteer will gain informal teaching experience, improve their skills using classroom technologies, and learn more about the complexities of interpreting!

*Due to COVID-19, our program will be online. We will especially need volunteers to help provide virtual tech support and tutoring for our students as they navigate the class.* 

ESL Tutor

Availability: Closed

Are you interested in teaching refugee adults English? KOM is looking for patient, flexible and self-motivated college students or adults who have a passion to teach English as a second language and other valuable skills to be ESL tutors. Tutors will help the instructor with teaching lessons, small group activities and one-on-one tutoring. Tutors must be able to work with adults with limited English proficiency, and must be available for at least two hours per week during the daytime (Monday-Thursday, 9:30am-11:30am, or 12:00-1:00pm).

Human Services Volunteer

Availability: Closed

Are you interested in assisting refugees with social services? KOM is looking for college students or adults bilingual in English and Karen to assist KOM staff with walk-in appointments and other program activities. Human services volunteers assist clients with Ramsey County paperwork, MNsure applications, reading mail, and more. There is also an opportunity to interpret for staff and a Ramsey County worker who do not speak Karen. Human services volunteers must be available for at least 2 hours each week and commit to a 3-month volunteer period.

Event Support Volunteers

Availability: Closed

Thank you to all of the volunteers who came out to help at our 4th Annual Summer Fundraiser on July 21st, 2019!

Check out our Events page to learn about upcoming events at KOM or in the community.

Youth Mentor

Availability: Closed

Are you interested in providing friendship, support and guidance to Karen youth? KOM is looking for friendly, fun, responsible college students or adults who are knowledgeable of the community and able to provide guidance to be youth mentors for Karen students in the St. Paul school district. Youth mentors will be matched with students to offer friendship, support with navigating a new culture, and homework help. Youth mentors will commit to a 8-month mentorship period beginning in October 2017.

Contact

Suzanne Olive
Volunteer Coordinator

solive@mnkaren.org

651-202-3112

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