Our Mission Through Generations With Volunteer, Jen
When COVID first reached the U.S. in early 2020, Jen looked for a place where she could help others in her community. She found our website, ccmke.org, and signed up to volunteer. Talking with Jessica, our Volunteer Coordinator, she said, “Whatever you need, just ask me.”
This began Jen’s Catholic Charities volunteer story.
We were looking for more volunteers to work with refugees from different countries who speak other languages including Karen, Swahili, and French. Jen volunteered to help refugee parents learn English to help their children navigate school, understand health needs during the pandemic, and feel more connected at work and in the community. To keep families and volunteers safe in the pandemic, the Refugee & Immigration Services (RIS) mentoring program transitioned to virtual tutoring sessions. Jen connected with her refugee partner through Zoom and WhatsApp.
Getting involved led to new opportunities.
As the pandemic continued and community needs deepened, Jessica asked Jen for her help with the Catholic Charities Coat Drive. An anonymous donor provided thousands of warm winter coats. Volunteers were needed to sort and prepare the jackets for families in need and when asked to help Jen said,“yes.”
To read more of Jen's journey in the Fall Agency Newsletter
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