Volunteer application can be downloaded here.
We are accepting nominations for the Board of Directors Members.
TIARC (Tucson International Alliance of Refugee Communities) is a non-profit [501(c )3] Mutual Assistance Association (MAA)* that was started in 1995 by a group of refugee communities under a grant from the AZ State Refugee Resettlement Program with guidance from Refugee Education/Pima County Adult Education. TIARC’s mission is to promote the integration and development of refugee/immigrant communities and Mutual Assistance Associations (MAAs)* in our community. This includes bringing the various refugee communities together and also promoting integration of the refugee/immigrant communities with the larger Tucson community. Since the 1980s the refugee population in Tucson has grown to well over 10,000. Currently TIARC is working primarily with refugee families and groups from Iraq, Congo, Bhutan, Burma, Somalia, Burundi, and others. TIARC has offered a variety of social services and coordinated many community events during its 15+ years of existence. Some examples of the many programs: Family Assistance, Interpretation/Translation, Interpreter Training, Coordination / Training with One-Stop Job Center, Computer Classes, Citizenship Classes, ESL Classes, Financial Assistance for Drivers Ed, Cultural Adjustment Workshops and Discussions (on topics such as consumer issues, safety, legal system, health, parenting, current events, women’s issues, job hunting, education, etc.) Every year, with the help of several other organizations and volunteers from around the community, TIARC coordinates a Thanksgiving Celebration/Meal for refugee families and a visit from Santa Claus. Currently, there are 10-12 volunteer and paid staff at the center (4244 E Grant Rd). Present funding comes from the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement, Arizona Women’s Project, State of AZ Refugee Resettlement/Pima Council on Aging, and donations.
We are looking for volunteers to sit on our Board of Directors. We ask for at least a one year commitment. The Board meets every 4 to 6 weeks, and subgroups/committees may require additional meetings. We are looking for individuals with a passion for refugee/immigrant issues. Individuals with fundraising, grantwriting, strategic planning, leadership, legal, finance and/or public relations skills are especially needed. Overseas or foreign language experience is a plus, as is previous experience on a non-profit board.
Please feel free to call us at 881-4404 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .