Our volunteers donate something far more valuable than money—their time and dedication to the community they serve.
Board Membership: Bilingual International is expanding its board of directors. The Directors are responsible for ensuring that the organization follows our mission and observes legal and ethical standards. A potential board member will possess strong integrity and sound business practices knowledge that will enhance the public image of Bi-Lingual International Assistant Services and work to further its cause. The most important role of the board of directors of a nonprofit organization consists of supporting the agency mission by raising funds to accomplish the mission. They are expected to contribute to and support the mission — by giving their Time, Treasure, or Talent. Fundraising events and donations comprise the majority of income for nonprofit organizations. Members of the board use their business and social connections to build interest in the organization and its efforts. They then may garner donations from these supporters, solicit sponsorships and recruit new members. In addition, board members are expected to raise awareness of their cause through various marketing channels as well as increasing event registrations. Bilingual International Assistant Services’ Board of Directors has 100% financial participation. Interested parties should fill out the contact form to the right.
*Board Director’s and Officer’s insurance is purchased and provided by the Organization.
Citizenship Tutor: Our tutoring program requires one hour a week for up to four months. Tutors teach American History and Civics as well as basic English to elderly immigrants once a week – typically in the seniors’ homes – to prepare them for the citizenship exam. No foreign language knowledge is required. Bilingual International provides all necessary study materials and training designed for each client, along with volunteer training. We are proud of the reputation we have earned and of our success stories of seeing our clients reach their dream of becoming U.S. citizens. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at (314) 645-7800 or fill out the contact form to the right for additional information. Volunteer today! We would love to welcome you to our team!
Here are some testimonials you may be interested in reading:
- SAal-R, volunteer tutor since January 2015: I do not remember much about my mom’s process of becoming a US citizen 16 years ago. I always imagined it was difficult for her, learning in a different language at the age of 40. I never realize how important it was for her and how proud she is to be a US citizen, until I met T. In the course of a few sessions with her I have learned so much about her and my mom. T is a very dedicated student. We only met once a week but I know she studied throughout the week to prepare for our Saturday meetings. I have seen her struggle to learn new words and try to understand it. I have seen her excited when she gets the right answer. She called me after she passed her test and thanked me for helping her along this process. It was a very proud moment for me, as a teacher, but then I realized I was not the only teacher. She has taught me a greater appreciation for what my mom and other immigrants have gone through to be a part of this country and how proud they are to belong.
- WW, tutor volunteer for PK since 9/ 2015: Tutoring in the citizenship program has given me a chance learn from and contribute to some fascinating people that I otherwise might never have known. And the things that would normally be barriers to interaction — cultural differences, lack of a common language — have turned out to be either great conversation topics or challenges that grow the relationship as they’re overcome week-by-week. That’s been the most satisfying part of the experience: the steadily mounting feeling of progress towards a clear goal. It’s been great to see the student’s confidence grow and come out in their voice, their expression, and even just their eagerness at the start of a new session. I’m really excited for them, and I’ll be very happy to have lent even a small bit of momentum to such a big step they’re taking in life.
Fundraiser/Developer: While we are largely grant-funded, Bilingual International also relies on donations and outside funding sources to cover the cost of our direct services to immigrants, seniors, and persons with disabilities. If you have experience fundraising or in development, please consider sharing your expertise with us. We have several opportunities to help with a variety of fundraising events throughout the year. If you are interested in helping in this area, please fill out our contact form or call us directly at (314) 645-7800.
As our needs change, new opportunities will be posted. Check back frequently.
Do you feel that you could volunteer a service not listed here?
Call in at (314) 645-7800 and let’s discuss!