Welcome to the Connecticut Korean Presbyterian Church's IRIS Cultural Companions Program! We are thrilled to announce that we are currently seeking dedicated volunteers to join us in making a positive impact in our community. By becoming a volunteer, you can actively contribute to promoting cultural exchange while forming meaningful connections with individuals from different backgrounds.
About the IRIS Cultural Companions Program
The IRIS Cultural Companions Program, initiated by the Connecticut Korean Presbyterian Church, aims to facilitate cultural integration and provide support to individuals and families from diverse backgrounds who have settled in our community. Through this program, we foster cross-cultural understanding, break down barriers, and address the unique challenges faced by newcomers.
Why Volunteer with Us?
Volunteering with the IRIS Cultural Companions Program offers numerous benefits both for the volunteers and the participants we serve:
1. Make a Difference
By volunteering, you have the opportunity to make a real difference in someone's life. Your support can help individuals and families integrate into society, create a sense of belonging, and navigate everyday challenges.
2. Cultural Exchange and Learning
As a volunteer, you will engage in cultural exchange with participants from diverse backgrounds. This enables you to learn about different traditions, languages, and customs, broadening your own horizons and fostering a greater appreciation for our global community.
3. Meaningful Connections
Building friendships and connections with participants is a significant aspect of the program. By developing meaningful relationships, both the volunteers and participants can create lasting memories and establish a strong support network for one another.
4. Personal and Professional Growth
Volunteering offers an excellent opportunity for personal and professional growth. You can enhance your communication skills, develop empathy, and gain valuable experience working in a diverse and multicultural environment.
How to Become a Volunteer
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for the IRIS Cultural Companions Program, we welcome you wholeheartedly. Here are the steps to join us:
1. Fill out the Application Form
Visit our website's volunteer page and fill out the application form. Provide us with some information about yourself, your interests, and your availability. This will help us match you with a participant who will benefit most from your support.
2. Attend an Orientation Session
Once we receive your application, we will invite you to attend an orientation session. During this session, we will provide you with an overview of the program, its goals, and the specific responsibilities of a volunteer.
3. Background Check and Training
As part of our commitment to ensuring a safe and inclusive environment for all participants, we require volunteers to undergo a background check. Additionally, we will provide you with training and guidance to ensure you are well-prepared for your role as a Cultural Companion.
4. Start Making a Difference
Once the necessary screenings and training are complete, you will be paired with a participant based on your shared interests and compatibility. You can then begin your incredible journey as a Cultural Companion!
The IRIS Cultural Companions Program at the Connecticut Korean Presbyterian Church invites you to become a part of our volunteer community. By joining us, you can contribute to fostering cultural integration, building connections, and making a positive impact on the lives of individuals and families in our community. Apply now and embark on a rewarding journey of cultural exchange, personal growth, and friendship!