For 19 years, Deloitte, a worldwide accounting and professional services network, has celebrated “Impact Day” to show the company’s year-round commitment to volunteering in local communities. This year, Deloitte partnered with Catholic Charities, Migration and Refugee Services, to help our refugee clients learn skills and tips to finding good jobs and self-sufficiency. The day was a success!
Deloitte’s 23 volunteers arrived at our offices in Arlington in early June to assist 36 clients in a daylong employment program.
MRS and the path to self-sufficiency
First, Migration and Refugees Services staff introduced Deloitte volunteers to our organization and programs and explained MRS’ role in the resettlement process. That includes helping clients find homes and assisting them as they find jobs and – within a short, clearly defined window of time – gain self-sufficiency.
Many of our clients hold special immigrant visas (or SIVs) because they assisted American troops or officials in Afghanistan. These clients have years of professional experience and higher education degrees from their home country. Now they’re looking for guidance on how to pursue careers in their respective fields.
Provided with this background, Deloitte volunteers created a brief, “Interview 101” presentation in English and Spanish to help these clients adjust to the U.S. workforce and look for jobs in order to achieve self-sufficiency,
Helping refugee clients prepare for the job search
After the presentation, Deloitte volunteers meet with clients one-on-one to review and edit their resumes. Volunteers had the opportunity to get to know our clients, understand their unique situations and hear their stories. A handful of Deloitte volunteers also worked on “Field Guide Career Pathways” in specific professional fields such as accounting, IT, civil engineering and medical jobs, gaining useful information in each field regarding pay, helpful credentials, and training and certifications.
Clients walked away from the event with new knowledge about the workforce in the United States, donated resume portfolios, USB drives and metro cards!
It was “an incredibly rewarding day of service at Catholic Charities Refugee and Migration Services,” said Deloitte’s Anna Sparks. “Our volunteers thoroughly enjoyed learning about your organization and spending one-on-one time with your clients.”
This client-centered event had an impact on Deloitte volunteers as well as our refugee clients. A handful of volunteers decided afterward to volunteer long-term to continue working with clients as employment assistant volunteers.
Learn more about our Migrant and Refugee Services here. If you or your company is interested in volunteering or partnering and coordinating a group volunteer event with the Catholic Charities Newcomer Services office, please contact Arielle Reynoso, Volunteer Manager for Newcomer Services, at Volunteer.Newcomer@ccda.net.