Monday, November 1, 2010

Social Action Seekers!

Welcome to the Tzedek Seekers newsletter

Every week, Community Connect’s Volunteer department will be highlighting local agencies volunteer opportunities that need to be filled as soon as possible. Please make yourself familiar with the agency and their needs so you can pass the gospel of doing good work in Toronto! This week, we will be featuring, JIAS, Jewish Immigration and Aid Services. Check it out!



We welcome, support, and integrate immigrants today to build
a strong Canada and a strong Jewish community of tomorrow
JIAS Toronto is the gateway for newcomers to our community.  Our professional staff provide expert outreach, support, counseling, training and referral services, supported by our funders -- Citizenship and Immigration Canada, UJA Federation, and the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration -- and by working in partnership with our network of government funded agencies,  immigrant service sector agencies and associations, volunteer and grassroots  groups and community organizations. We help to make their new country a true home through a comprehensive continuum of services, from the information they receive pre-arrival to welcome and settlement services, and continuing through to integration and community belonging and connections.

Seeking Tzedek Junkies!

We have immediate needs for the following volunteers.  Any potential volunteer who is interested in any of the following opportunities should contact Joanna.

1.  Child-minder Supervisor - 4 Wednesday evenings -
Oct. 27th, Nov. 3, Nov.10, Nov. 17 -from 6:00 - 8:30 pm.1 to 2 people are needed to supervise 2 high school aged volunteers and 8-10 children of newcomers while they are in a class. This is a child care service with parents are being educated.
Dinner will be provided.

2. Hebrew Tutor - 30 minutes 2x a week at Leo Baeck day school in Thornhill. Options:  Mon-Thurs, anytime between 3:30 - 6:00 pm). JIAS is supporting an 8 year old child of a client who is enrolled at Leo Baeck Day School. This particular student is struggling with Hebrew.  The child attends Leo Baeck's after-care program Mon-Thurs from 3:30 - 6:00 pm, so it would be ideal for the tutoring to take place during this time.

3. Homework Club Volunteers - Wednesday evenings 6:00 - 8:00 pm at JIAS LINC York Region School (Dufferin and Steeles - same plaza as Value Village.) We run a homework club for elementary - high school students to help them with English and other academic subjects.  We have a particular need at the moment for tutors who can help students with French homework but need other subjects tutors!

The above three opportunities are the most pressing for us at this time.  We also have need for volunteers for any of the following opportunities.

4. Conversation Cafe: Help newcomers practice everyday conversational English in a warm, casual environment.  The following locations are in need of volunteers:
Maon Noam - (Bathurst and Rutherford) - Mondays 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Antibes Community Centre (Bathurst and Finch) - Wednesdays 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm. Lipa Green Building - Thursdays 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

5.  Telephone Language Companions:  Help a newcomer practice conversational skills and gain confidence in everyday spoken English.  The perfect opportunity for busy people as you pick a mutually convenient time for you and the newcomer, and you can volunteer from the comfort of your own home.  We ask that you call your person once a week and that you plan to speak for 20-30 minutes.

6.  Family-to-Family:  For the young marrieds in your group, this is a great opportunity to reach out.  They will be matched with another young couple to help orient the newcomers to the GTA.   This can mean inviting them over for a meal, showing them some of Toronto's attractions, going out for a cup of coffee together.  You provide a warm friendly welcome to newcomers and perhaps give advice on day-to-day matters (where to get good bargains on cloths, how to find a plumber, etc).  We ask that you attempt to get together once a month - it doesn't have to be for a long visit.  We understand that people today lead busy lives, so we ask that if it's a busy month and you can't get together with your family that month, you at least call to say hello, spend a few minutes on the phone together, and set up a time for the following month.

7.  JumpStart:  Connect newcomers to the Canadian labour market by offering a mentoring, volunteer, or employment opportunity.  We understand that in many cases JumpStart volunteers may not be in a position to offer employment.  What we are in great need of as well are volunteers to be  matched with newcomers whose profession is in the same field of work to help the newcomers recreate the networks they left behind and also learn how their profession works in Canada.  We welcome volunteers who can help mentor newcomers in any of the following ways as well:  
  • introduce newcomers to the network of professionals they are connected with
  • help them find out about any professional organizations for their field
  • help them learn about professional standards in Canada
  • invite them to their workplace and show them around, and if possible, arrange for a volunteer opportunity
  • share with them how to begin a job search in that field in Canada
  • where applicable, help the newcomer find out how to be accredited in their profession in Canada and help them study for the relevant exams
  • etc . . . .
Please forward those interested to Joanna Sasson Morrison email:

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