VolunteerS & Employment
BCCO values our talented team members and our wonderful volunteers as they support our organization's important work every day. Volunteers gain valuable experience, help improve the lives of Bhutanese refugees, and for high schoolers and college students, can receive credit hours and recommendation letters to benefit their careers and education. The BCCO believes that volunteer work is not just an item on a resume or college application – it is an essential part of a functioning society. The benefits of volunteer work reach far and wide with a ripple effect that begins with the individual and nonprofit organization and extends beyond the broader community, benefiting everyone in its wake.
We have four categories below for volunteers interested in getting involved.
For current open paid positions, please see listings below. Thanks!
The Franklin County Catalyst Outreach grant is a training and community empowerment grant that complements the goals of the BCCO’s HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement grant. The Catalyst Outreach Coordinator position, funded by an awarded grant from the Franklin County Commissioners, works in coordination with the ORR Program Manager & Caseworker in order to be a catalyst for improving refugee and immigrant lives in Central Ohio.
This job requires going out into the community for program recruitment and outreach to ensure strong participation in training programs and to strengthen community capacity, resilience and skills building. The Catalyst Outreach Coordinator will also schedule, organize and execute on-site and virtual trainings. The Outreach Coordinator needs to have a clear understanding of the Catalyst grant program, in order to prepare training materials, course curriculum, a timeline for deliverables, and prepare a budget and income expenses report for the program. The Catalyst Outreach Coordinator reports to the BCCO Executive Director.
*At-Risk Students defined as students who are or in danger of failing grades, have poor school attendance, and behavioral issues.
Salary: Commensurate with experience.
(Note: This is a full-time position, but does not include benefits yet)
Skills Requirements and Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required. Degree in Social Work preferred. Previous experience working with the U.S. public school system, and with outreach efforts with refugee and immigrant communities preferred. Experience working with parents and their children to support life and educational success and connecting parents with the school system and school counselors and teachers preferred. Experience working with after-school support programs, and experience working with young people, particularly students in grades 8-12 a plus. Fluency in English and Nepali required.
About the Bhutanese Community of Central Ohio (BCCO)
The Bhutanese Community of Central Ohio (BCCO) is a community-based, non-profit founded in 2009 as a civic organization (then called the Bhutanese-Nepali Community of Columbus), which received 501(c)(3) status in 2012. Every day, the Bhutanese Community of Central Ohio supports refugees and immigrants with essential, culturally appropriate social and health services and empowers them through education and advocacy. The BCCO serves as a resource to local and state agencies and organizations, and as a national model -- particularly with its COVID-19 response called BRAVE --for other non-profits which serve New Americans.
Just as the Bhutanese refugee population in Central Ohio has soared nearly 500 percent over the past decade, so too have the community’s needs rapidly grown as it works to successfully integrate into America. Working to meet those expanding needs, the BCCO provides direct services to nearly 3,000 refugees and their families annually, and we impact more than 7,000 individuals each year via our many programs, trainings, and events. The BCCO is the only organization in Central Ohio that serves the Bhutanese refugee community every day.
The BCCO is not only a leading post-resettlement agency supporting newly arriving refugees, but also it plays a critical role in providing services to the growing secondary migration population coming to the Columbus area from all over the U.S. and Canada. In 2017, an Ohio State University analysis estimated that there were 23,437 Bhutanese in Central Ohio, and that number is now nearing 28,000. This represents the largest number of Bhutanese outside of Bhutan.
To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Posting date: June 16, 2021