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Volunteers Are Needed To Help Show Refugees The Family Friendly Side Of Springfield

by Stephanie Ross and Katie Webb

With the possible arrivals of refugees fleeing the Islamic State atrocities in Syira and Iraq, the International Institute Southwest Missouri has published a list of volunteer positions needed in helping the refugees during this humanitarian crises. And in accordance with city leaders, who like to point out how Springfield is a family friendly city, the volunteers are called to show all those coming how that Springfield is indeed a family friendly city.

We at the Institute have had many callers asking what kind of volunteer opportunities there are here in the Springfield area. We are so thankful for all those who have already given their time and resources to help our refugee community.

Following are some of the volunteer positions we currently have open:

Welcoming Committee

Airport reception – Receiving the client at the airport with the Institute staff and caseworker.

Housing Set-Up – Before the actual arrival of the refugee we send a team to set up the necessities that must be provided – setting up furniture, stocking pantries and kitchen with initial food and providing a home – safety check-up.

Neighborhood Orientation – Introducing the client to local amenities i.e. grocery store, local post office, police station, elementary and primary schools etc.

Welcome Meal – Picking up a pre-ordered hot meal and bringing it to the client on the day of their arrival.

If you have any interest in volunteering with us, please don’t hesitate to contact us at volunteeriismo@outlook.com.

If you are interested in volunteering, the International Institute Southwest Missouri is hosting a Volunteer Open House tomorrow, November 18th, from 6:00pm – 7:30pm at Evangel University. You can check out their Facebook page for more information.
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