SURVIVORS works extensively with volunteers to maximize funding and services to clients. From 2012 – 2015 we had over 400 short-term and long-term volunteers including 33 dedicated long-term administrative and program support volunteers who, together, contributed approximately 48 hours per month for a total of 1,728 hours during the past three years. Activities ranged from newsletter folding, to hygiene drives, to befrienders, to volunteers who drove clients to and from appointments, and more!
Today we spotlight Jourdan Chapman, a graduate of Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, who volunteered at SURVIVORS for 5 months.
- Name: Jourdan Chapman
- Hometown: Dallas, TX
- Background: BA in International Studies from Baylor University and MA in Peace and Justice Studies from University of San Diego
- Hobbies: Reading, sewing, walking
- Career interests: Working for a nonprofit specializing in refugee and asylum seeker services as a paralegal
- Why did you choose to intern at SURVIVORS?
- During my master’s program I learned about SURVIVORS and attended a Journey to Healing Tour with my fellow cohorts. After graduating I was having a difficult time finding a job and decided I need to develop my skills more. I remembered coming to SURVIVORS and thought it was a great place for me to volunteer because it encompassed two of my interest areas, refugee services and human rights.
- What did you do at SURVIVORS?
- I volunteered for the development/community relations team helping with volunteer coordination for the Helping Survivors Heal Fundraising Luncheon, managing the development database, and creating social media posts, as well as any administrative tasks that needed to be done.
- What did you learn while at SURVIVORS?
- At SURVIVORS I discovered my passion for providing legal services to refugees and asylum seekers. Volunteering there has set me on a path that I am very much looking forward to continuing down.
- What was your favorite part about working at SURVIVORS?
- Being introduced to the services provided to refugee and asylum seekers and learning about the resettlement process in general.
- What are your next steps professionally?
- I am returning to Dallas, TX to continue my education. I will be attending Southern Methodist University to receive my paralegal certificate. Ideally, I would like to work for the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas in their Asylum Program.
- Anything else you would like to add?
- I am so grateful for my time at SURVIVORS. If I had not volunteered there I would not have found my path in life. SURVIVORS helped me narrow my interests and learn how I can provide services to refugees and asylum seekers. I appreciate all of y’all taking me in!