Family Advocacy Translator
Would you like to help very low-income families in crisis connect with the community resources that can help them establish stability? This may be the perfect opportunity for you.
The families we work with attend Sunday Friends, where 200 to 300 very low-income family members participate on Sundays in an all-afternoon program to improve their lives, learn important skills, and give back to the community. For their participation, they earn tickets to buy their basic necessities at our Sunday Friends store. Our programs take place 3 Sundays each month in an elementary school near downtown San Jose.
During the programs, we often learn of a family’s crisis situation and try to help them with the situation outside of the program. Frequently a family goes into crisis due to loss of job, loss of housing, domestic violence, mental health issues, immigration issues or another situation. We have established an Advocacy program, whereby a volunteer advocate can work with a family in crisis to connect them with the resources that can help them.
The Director of Family Advocacy meets with families on Sunday afternoons (2 nd, 3rd, and 4 th Sundays each month) to assess the families’ needs and put a plan a plan in place to help the family. Because our Director of Family Advocacy is NOT fluent in Spanish, she needs a bilingual (English/Spanish) volunteer to work with her during family interviews on Sunday afternoons between 2 and 4pm. Your commitment would be roughly 2 Sundays per month, with a flexible schedule based upon your availability.
You need to be compassionate and caring about our families’ problems, fluent in
English and Spanish, and able to communicate effectively with both the family and other members of the Advocacy team. Sometimes you will assist another team member by making a phone call to the (Spanish speaking) family to explain the resources that the advocate has found to help the family.
If you want to help more, you could assist in finding the right resources for the family and getting the family connected with those resources, and ensuring the right questions are asked and answered and that our family understands the answers. If you want to learn how to effectively advocate for others, we will teach you. For more information on the Sunday Friends program, visit our website at www.sundayfriends.org. For more information about the Advocacy role, please respond to this posting and we will call you.