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Unlocking the Power of Volunteers

Webinar Presentation for CCUSA

Photos courtesy of sarahannayphotography.com Presenter: Daniel Sturm, Special Projects Manager at Migration and Refugee
Photos courtesy of sarahannayphotography.com Presenter: Daniel Sturm, Special Projects Manager at Migration and Refugee

Photos courtesy of sarahannayphotography.com

Presenter:

Daniel Sturm, Special Projects Manager at Migration and Refugee Services, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

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Presenter Bio

Daniel Sturm, Migration and Refugee Services/United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Services/United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Daniel Sturm is Special Projects Manager at Migration and

Daniel Sturm is Special Projects Manager at Migration and Refugee Services,

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. From 2007-10 he was a National Trainer for RefugeeWorks, the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement’s National Center for Refugee Employment and Self- Sufficiency. Prior to joining RefugeeWorks, Mr. Sturm worked as a journalism

professor and full-time journalist for regional and national media in the U.S. and in Germany. He holds a Master’s degree in Literature, Linguistics and Anthropology from the University of Tübingen. Mr. Sturm is an Alumn of the German Bishops’ Conference Distinguished Journalism School (“Institut zur

Förderung publizistischen Nachwuchses”) in Munich, Germany.

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Special Volunteer Initiative

The Parishes Organized to Welcome Refugees (POWR)

Initiative The Parishes Organized to Welcome Refugees (POWR) In 2010, the United States Conference of Catholic

In 2010, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops launched the “Parishes Organized to Welcome Refugees” (POWR) program, to strengthen

and deepen its support of church and community involvement in work for

refugees and immigrants.

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Significance of Volunteers

More than 64 million people in the U.S. volunteer

Volunteers More than 64 million people in the U.S. volunteer 1. More than 64 million people

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More than 64 million people in the U.S. volunteer today, and the Corporation for National and Community Service noticed that this number continues to climb.

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With this in mind, it’s time to reflect how well our

organizations are utilizing volunteers. Are we really unlocking all of our opportunities?

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Benefits of Utilizing Volunteer Power:

Economic Environment

Expertise and Skills

Social Networks

Resource Development

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About the USCCB

Migration and Refugee Services

Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) is the USCCB department charged by

the bishops to serve and advocate for refugees, asylees, immigrants and other people on the move.

The work of MRS is rooted in Catholic Social Teaching and the Scriptures, a

tradition of compassion and justice to the poor and vulnerable, and in the

belief that the strength of the United States lies in its diverse ethnic and

cultural heritage.

belief that the strength of the United States lies in its diverse ethnic and cultural heritage.

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Public/Private Partnership

National Voluntary Agency Coordinating with Affiliates

Beginning in 1920, the national Catholic Church began to coordinate the

resettlement of the hundreds of thousands of immigrants arriving in Ellis Island, helping them find local dioceses and parishes to assist them.

As a national voluntary agency coordinating a program with local partners,

this founding model formed the basis for the public/private partnership that

is the backbone of U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program today.

the public/private partnership that is the backbone of U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program today. © MRS/USCCB May

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MRS: Largest Refugee Agency

Partnering with Catholic Charities Agencies

Refugee Agency Partnering with Catholic Charities Agencies Partnerships: • By partnering with 100 local diocesan and

Partnerships:

By partnering with 100 local diocesan and Catholic Charities agencies, MRS resettles one third of all U.S. refugees.

Funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S.

Department of State, MRS remains the largest resettlement

agency in the U.S.

Populations Served:

In 2012, the top six nationalities resettled by the USCCB were

Iraqis, Bhutanese, Burmese, Somalis, and Cubans.

Since 1986 the USCCB has resettled 354,881 refugees.

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Parishes Organized to Welcome

Refugees (POWR) Program

The Parishes Organized to Welcome Refugees program’s primary goal is to develop long-term, sustainable programs.

Current and past program participants are MRS network affiliates in 41 locations across the United States.

and past program participants are MRS network affiliates in 41 locations across the United States. ©
and past program participants are MRS network affiliates in 41 locations across the United States. ©
and past program participants are MRS network affiliates in 41 locations across the United States. ©

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Resettlement Challenges

Resettlement Challenges 1. Decreased Likelihood of Long-Term Integration [In the U.S. Resettlement System] … English

1. Decreased Likelihood of Long-Term Integration [In the U.S. Resettlement System] … English language training is insufficient, transportation is inadequate, and professional recertification is not viable.

Refugee Crisis in America, Georgetown University, 2009. http://tinyurl.com/yk6tuoq

Refugees struggled to find and keep full-time jobs, especially since 2008.

Methodologies for Tracking Refugees Longitudinally. Dartmouth College, 2012. http://tinyurl.com/ly9f4f7

2. Anti-Immigrant Sentiment

At a time when disadvantaged populations are receiving more negative press and their circumstances are misunderstood, it is difficult to recruit volunteers.

3. Strain on Agencies

Roller coaster of refugee arrivals, and planning uncertainty.

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POWR Program Goals

In the midst of the economic downturn, the USCCB launched the “Parishes Organized to Welcome Refugees” (POWR) Program, offering $2.2 million to 41 dioceses. This grant money is now being used to augment services in the following areas:

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Strengthening parish and community support for refugees

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Increasing donations to fund additional refugee services

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Hiring volunteers to help with jobs, transportation & housing

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Organizing special refugee events and outreach activities

transportation & housing 4. Organizing special refugee events and outreach activities © MRS/USCCB May 2013 10
transportation & housing 4. Organizing special refugee events and outreach activities © MRS/USCCB May 2013 10
transportation & housing 4. Organizing special refugee events and outreach activities © MRS/USCCB May 2013 10

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POWR 2010-13 Directory

Albany, New York

Cleveland, Ohio

Las Vegas, Nevada

Portland, Oregon

Amarillo, Texas

Dayton, Ohio

Los Angeles, California

Richmond, Virginia

Anchorage, Alaska

Des Moines, Iowa

Louisville, Kentucky

Rockford, Illinois

Arlington, Virginia

Erie, Pennsylvania

Mobile, Alabama

Rochester, New York

Atlanta, Georgia

Hartford, Connecticut

Nashville, Tennessee

Rochester, Minnesota

Boston, Mass.

Houston, Texas

Orlando, Florida

Salt Lake City, Utah

Brooklyn, New York

Indianapolis, Indiana

Palm Beach, Florida

San Antonio, Texas

Buffalo, New York

Jacksonville, Florida

Phoenix, Arizona

San Jose, California

Charlotte, NC

Kansas City, Kansas

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

St. Paul, Minnesota

Chicago, Illinois

Lansing, Michigan

Portland, Maine

St. Petersburg, Florida

     

Syracuse, New York

FY 2013 POWR Programs Marked Red

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POWR Map & Accomplishments

Select POWR program accomplishments

2010-13:

Recruited 6,000 new volunteers.

Formed more than 150 new parish and community partnerships.

Created new social service and parish mentorship programs tackling transportation, housing, jobs, food, language, legal and health care issues.

housing, jobs, food, language, legal and health care issues. Map shows 2010-13 POWR Programs located in

Map shows 2010-13 POWR Programs located in 41 dioceses.

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Creating Social Connections

Refugee Cooking Class in Jacksonville, Fl.

Connections Refugee Cooking Class in Jacksonville, Fl. The local POWR program in Jacksonville, Florida developed an
Connections Refugee Cooking Class in Jacksonville, Fl. The local POWR program in Jacksonville, Florida developed an

The local POWR program in Jacksonville, Florida developed an innovative Refugee Cooking Class/Dinner concept that has resulted in increased visibility and media attention.

“Our cooking classes featured Cuban, Bhutanese, and Iraqi cuisine and catered to clients from these cultures. We invited parishioners from around Jacksonville to participate and enjoy the company of our refugee clients, with the hopes of making some strong leads in their parishes. Translators participated as well, so that refugees could experience everything the class offered. We also created a recipe book (binder) to include the recipes from each class and in each language.”

POWR Program Manager, Catholic Charities Diocese St. Augustine

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Increasing Awareness

Mock Refugee Camps in Louisville, Kentucky

Awareness Mock Refugee Camps in Louisville, Kentucky • Local POWR program organizes mock refugee camps to

Local POWR program organizes mock refugee camps to involve Catholic High School students in refugee advocacy.

Also in the works is a Guide for the Mock Refugee Camp.

Also in the works is a Guide for the Mock Refugee Camp. Airport Arrival Apartment Acclimation

Airport Arrival

Apartment Acclimation

Elderly Refugee Program

Photos Courtesy Mark Bouchard, Catholic Charities of Louisville (Aug. 29-2012 USCCB-POWR presentation)

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Promising Partnerships

Refugee Ambassador Project in Indianapolis

Partnerships Refugee Ambassador Project in Indianapolis In Indianapolis, Indiana, a partnership between POWR and

In Indianapolis, Indiana, a partnership between POWR and Catholic High Schools is another example of POWR’s energizing effects. Students serve as Refugee Ambassadors and receive service learning credits.

Program Goals:

The “Refugee Ambassador Program” provides

students with information on refugee resettlement

and the rich traditions of each culture.

In turn, the students act as liaisons for their high schools and home parishes.

All generated donations are used to improve

integration programs, i.e. language and job readiness training programs.

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Development Successes

POWR Triggers Tripling of Donations

Cash & In-Kind Fundraising

USCCB Expense

$2,200,000
$2,200,000

$6,800,000

$0

$2,000,000

$4,000,000

$6,000,000

$8,000,000

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Focus on Learning

Documentation, Training Materials, Resource Library

Learning Documentation, Training Materials, Resource Library • USCCB/Migration and Refugee Services launched an

USCCB/Migration and Refugee Services launched an electronic discussion list and monthly e-newsletter, The POWR Post, to document the successes of the program. This publication helps program participants learn from one another, and thereby leverage new funding sources and improve upon their own programs.

Presentations, webinar recordings and other materials

are available on the USCCB’s online resource library.

The electronic publication is accompanied by a series of workshops (“POWR panels”) related to resource development and program oversight.

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POWR Program Future

Call for Proposals by Oct. 14, 2013

POWR Program Future Call for Proposals by Oct. 14, 2013 POWR Program in 2014 and Beyond:

POWR Program in 2014 and Beyond:

USCCB/MRS will continue to build on the successes of the Parishes Organized to Welcome Refugees (POWR) Program.

Details about the CY 2014 POWR Request for Proposal will be circulated by Nov. 1, 2013.

Eligibility:

All Reception and Placement budgeted sites will be eligible to

apply for this program.

Current/past POWR program participants are welcome to apply.

Grants have ranged from $10-$35,000.

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Appendix I: POWR Highlights

POWR

Highlight

Selected Program Objectives

Anchorage,

Refugee Voices

This POWR program intends to recruit parish, community and nursing school volunteers to assist refugees with navigating U.S. medical care. To increase outreach efforts the agency will engage parishioners to serve alongside refugee speakers on a Refugee Voices panel.

Alaska

Panel

Atlanta, Georgia

Camp Immersion Project

Will educate communities about refugee issues in order to garner interest in a Refugee Camp Immersion Project. Students and parishioners experience firsthand what refugees experience when they flee their homes and set up temporary residence in a camp. This will help identify parishioners as donors, volunteers and employers.

Buffalo, New

Sewing Classes

Refugees acquire and improve sewing skills to make things for themselves and their families, as well as provide them with marketable skills for self-employment. Parish and

York

student volunteers will teach sewing classes and organize donation drives.

Cleveland, Ohio

Health Care

Volunteers will be assigned to assist with health screening and teaching clients to navigate the American healthcare system. POWR will also make a special efforts to recruit job mentors.

Orientation

Dayton, Ohio

Collaborating with Social Ministry Office

The Dayton POWR program will continue its momentum to educate and engage parishes about refugees. They will collaborate with the Archdiocesan Social Action Office to strengthen outreach to parishes and alleviate the overextension of existing parish volunteers.

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Appendix I: POWR Highlights

Houston, Texas

Cuban Border

The sudden influx of 250 Cuban border crossers has stretched the agency's capacity to its limits. With POWR's support, Houston will intensify refugee awareness, disseminate positive stories and participate in the local World Refugee Day event.

Crossers

Las Vegas,

Employment Corps

The Las Vegas POWR coordinator works with 25 parish volunteer coordinators to increase awareness by featuring refugee stories in parish newsletters and involving parishioners in events. Employment Corps members will help refugees apply for jobs, perform mock interviews and offer job readiness workshops.

Nevada

Louisville,

Volunteer

The POWR program organizes mock refugee camps to involve students in refugee advocacy. The program intends to establish an employment network of parish and school volunteers to increase job placements.

Kentucky

Employment

Network

Orlando, Florida

Parish-Refugee

The agency will develop a program guide, a volunteer recruitment presentation, and standardized training manual. Parish volunteers will work with refugee families to develop American life skills.

Outreach Team

Portland,

“Who's My

Will develop a “Who's My Neighbor?” workshop series for parishes located in neighborhoods with increasing refugee populations, to raise awareness and involve parishioners.

Oregon

Neighbor?”

Workshops

Rochester,

Financial Education

The POWR program will organize refugee networking events to increase early employment and help create deeper community connections.

Minnesota

Rockford, Illinois

Expand Reach

Will increase recruitment of parish volunteers in remote locations that are difficult to reach for case workers. Will develop refugee assistance committees in 25 percent of parishes and organize donation drives.

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Appendix II: Volunteer Resources

Idealist.org publishes this guide to volunteer management and recruitment. http://www.idealist.org/tools/recruiting.htmlIdealist.org

recruitment. http://www.idealist.org/tools/recruiting.html Volunteermatch.org is an excellent online service matching

Volunteermatch.org is an excellent online service matching interested volunteers with organizations that need help, across the U.S. http://www.volunteermatch.org

need help, across the U.S. http://www.volunteermatch.org Serviceleader.org provides information for volunteer

Serviceleader.org provides information for volunteer managers, including recruiting,

screening, training, record keeping, volunteer recognition, etc. Includes samples of volunteer applications and other forms. http://www.serviceleader.org

applications and other forms. http://www.serviceleader.org Volunteercenter.net provides materials free of charge, as

Volunteercenter.net provides materials free of charge, as direct downloads.

http://thevolunteercenter.net

charge, as direct downloads. http://thevolunteercenter.net Jesuit Volunteer Corps supports organizations that provide

Jesuit Volunteer Corps supports organizations that provide direct service to marginalized people by placing volunteers at schools, non-profits, and other sites

around the world.

http://www.jesuitvolunteers.org

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POWR Program Contact

Daniel Sturm

POWR Program Contact Daniel Sturm Daniel Sturm, M.A. USCCB/MRS Special Programs Manager Phone 202-541-3226 E-mail:

Daniel Sturm, M.A. USCCB/MRS Special Programs Manager Phone 202-541-3226 E-mail: dsturm@usccb.org Web: www.usccb.org/about/resettlement-services/

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