Name of agency and statement of purpose: The Karen Organization of Minnesota’s (KOM) mission is to enhance the quality of life for Karen and other refugees from Burma in Minnesota by assisting refugees to settle, integrate and become increasingly self-sufficient while fostering cultural knowledge and understanding.
Purpose/objective: As an organization that serves refugees from Burma every day, KOM has a great need to help close the language barrier between our Karen-speaking clients and our staff, employers and others who do not speak Karen.
- Assist KOM staff and the Ramsey County worker who do not speak Karen communicate with clients
- Interpret/translate for clients at trainings, appointments and other occasions
Time commitment: Available at least one day per week for 2-4 hours (anytime Monday – Friday from 8:30am – 5:00pm)
Location: KOM Office
Qualifications: Ability to speak, read, and write fluently in English and Karen. Additional language abilities (i.e. Karenni, Burmese, Chin, Mon, Thai) are a plus.
Benefits: Interpreters will gain experience interpreting/translating which will help build their professional skills and enhance their language abilities.
How to apply/contact: Please complete KOM’s Volunteer Application online or contact Suzanne Olive to receive a paper application. Volunteers will attend a meeting to discuss their interest in being an interpreter and be subject to a background check.