How you can help

There are many ways that you can be part of RAP and help resettled families in Union County.  For example:

 

Driver - pick up and/or drop off individuals and family groups at their homes before and after Sunday Sharing sessions; this frequently requires driving to Elizabeth and then to Scotch Plains. May require ability to install a child seat and requires standard background check, to enable RAP-provided liability insurance coverage. As availability allows, may drive clients to weekday healthcare or other appointments.

Commitment:1.5-3 hours on some Sunday afternoons or during weekday business hours; highly flexible, depending on volunteer’s availability; for volunteers age 25 and up with valid NJ drivers’ license and clean driving record; standard background check required.

Tutor - work singly and in groups with adults and/or children of all ages and abilities, on English language improvement, math and other school work, and life skills, such as shopping, paying bills, and personal money management.  (No previous experience is required - we have experienced volunteers who will help you get started) Our Sunday Sharing sessions are held most Sunday afternoons at Willow Grove Presbyterian Church in Scotch Plains.
 

Commitment: 2 hours each week on Sunday afternoons; no previous experience required; for volunteers age 12 and up.

Translator – ability to translate, in person, and occasionally by phone, for refugees who have limited English facility; currently the need is greatest for Swahili,but French, Urdu, Arabic, and other languages may be useful.
 

Commitment: 30-45 minutes per session, frequency is based completely on volunteer’s availability; no previous experience required; for volunteers of all ages and bilingual skill level.

 

Food prep/hospitality – prepare or purchase nourishing main courses, side dishes, drinks,and snacks for weekly communal client/tutor lunches that precede Sunday Sharing sessions. Set-up before and clean up after meal; package left-overs and other food and grocery donations for clients to take home.
 

Commitment: 2 hours each week on Sunday afternoons; no experience required; for volunteers of all ages.  Great for groups and families!

Home Team – team leaders and helpers are needed. Help clients understand everyday life in American culture, such as handling bills, dealing with landlords and housing issues, trips to social service offices, mail, appointments, money management, shopping, debit and credit cards, medications and health issues, dealing with children’s schools and teachers, public transportation, etc.

Commitment: 2-5 hours per week, frequency and schedule is very flexible and depends highly on volunteers’ availability; for volunteers age 14 and up (Adults require standard background check; minors must be accompanied by a guardian); work in a team, no experience required, training provided.

Social Media Administrator – maintain RAP’s Facebook site, posting news, pictures, and publicizing events; coordinate sign-up genius for Sunday Sharing and other occasional events; answer inquiries from the public.
 

Commitment: 2 hours per month; for volunteers age 13 and up; all materials provided; can work from home or at RAP Sunday Sharing program.

Activities Team – plan or assist at social activities with volunteers and refugees.  May include picnics and other social activities, local field trips to parks and playgrounds, or visits to sites such as museums, movie theaters, and zoos.

 

Commitment: 4+ hours per month, highly flexible; for volunteers age 10 and up; can work from home or on-site. Great for families, school or religious groups, scout projects, and other service learning projects; available year-round.

Information Maintenance – catalog RAP’s photo and video library; type RAP happenings and information into library of documents; record information from volunteers and other team members. 

 

Commitment: 2 hours per month; for volunteers age 13 and up; all materials provided; can work from home or at RAP Sunday Sharing program.

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While we strive to help our families to achieve self-sufficiency, basic needs often cannot be met with just the official support (if any) they receive.  That's when we step in to help with items like car seats, school uniforms, baby clothes and diapers, furniture, partial rent assistance in emergency situations and help with security deposits.

Please consider making a monetary donation to help us meet these challenges.  We are a 501 (c) (3) public charity and your donations are tax-deductible.

Field trip to Liberty Science Center

Building vocabulary and friendships through chess.

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International Dinner.