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Volunteer Education

What is the Volunteer Education Action Team?


The Volunteer Education Action Team is convened by Working Communities of Southern Vermont. The team includes: 

  • CCL Welcome Fund and SHARe, Martha Tecca, Core Team Member

  • CASP, Cristi Carretero, Volunteer

  • Working Communities of Southern Vermont, Alex Beck, BDCC, Initiative Director

  • BDCC, Jen Stromsten, Director of Programs

  • St Michaels Refugee Resettlement, Jeff Lewis, Cosponsorship Leader


Our vision is a resilient, networked learning community of volunteers supporting and welcoming refugees, asylum seekers, and their families coming to the region. The goal of the Volunteer Education Action Team is to create and sustain a welcoming, growing, diverse community with a robust workforce, stimulating schools, and rich community life. Please join these programs for this opportunity to work and learn together from national experts, and from one another.

Upcoming Activities:

  • COMING SOON - Diversity Equity and Inclusion training (previously offered to resettlement staff and volunteer leaders): Winter 2023 training for community volunteers to be announced Fall 2023

  • Baseline Education for Community Based Welcome of Refugees and Asylum Seekers - Southern Vermont Working Communities Volunteers Education Action Team


Other Opportunities:

A Community Conversation

Join representatives from the U.S. Department of State, Community Sponsorship Hub, and IRIS colleagues for a discussion of changing immigration pathways for the U.S.

New pathways for Ukrainians, Venezuelans, Cubans, Haitians, and o
ther nationalities in need of protection have recently been established by the U.S. government.

In addition, the Biden-Harris Administration committed to a new goal to bring 125,000 refugees through the US Refugee Admission Program and launched historic new programs through Welcome Corps, the private sponsorship of refugees.

Learn why and how these new programs are being launched now, and gain an understanding of long-term impact goals for our society.


November 15th, 4pm EST

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