VOLUNTEER CLASSES & TRAINING

There are dozens of volunteer opportunities with Building Hope in the City (BHITC). Think you’re interested in volunteering with us?

Understanding Poverty

This training session provides insight and will deepen your understanding of people living in poverty and how to assist low-income people. Topics include research on the causes of poverty, personal models for life developed by those in the middle class vs. those in poverty and creating relationships for sustained change. This training is for anyone who would like to have a better understanding of everyday life for people in poverty, cycles of poverty and how to help people become self-sustaining to leave poverty.

Advance registration is required.  Cost to attend is $15 and includes food.  Class is limited to 10 participants until it is safe to gather in larger groups.

When:
Saturday, October 3
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Saturday, November 14
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Where:
**BHITC’s NEW Offices**

3274 West 58th Street (the former Gilbert School)
Cleveland, OH 44102

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Building Hope 101

The first step to volunteering with Building Hope in the City is to take ‘Building Hope 101 (BH 101),’ a 60-minute introduction to the organization. You will learn about our mission and ministries and find ways to use your God-given gifts and talents to love people in the city for Christ.  Building Hope 101 is a prerequisite for the Refugee 101 class.  Taking the Refugee 101 class is optional and only for those interested in serving in this area of the organization’s ministry.

When:  

  • Wednesday, Oct. 14 – 6:00 pm (60 minutes)
    (Note, this has been rescheduled from the original October date of Saturday, Oct. 17)
  • Saturday, Nov. 14 – 9:30 am (60 minutes)

Where:  
BHITC’s administrative offices
3274 West 58th St.
Cleveland, OH 44102

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Refugee / Hope Center 101

Note: In order to take this class, participants must have already taken the Building Hope 101 class listed above.

Refugee /Hope Center 101 is a 90-minute class and a pre-requisite for joining a BHITC volunteer mentoring team befriending a newly arriving refugee family. It is also required for Hope Center volunteers. Participants will gain an understanding of who refugees are, why they are fleeing their home countries, the resettlement process in Cleveland and how to handle various situations when working across cultures.

When and Where:

  • Saturday, Oct. 17 – 9:30 am at The Hope Center (90 minutes)
    15135 Triskett Road, Cleveland
  • Wednesday, Nov. 18 – 6:00 pm at The Hope Center (90 minutes)
    15135 Triskett Road, Cleveland

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Christian Community Development 101

The City.  God’s Invitation.  Our Response.

It’s common to look at our city and see only challenges and problems. The troubles of the poor and marginalized, desperate conditions, a lack of resources, systemic inequities, etc. These all exist, but so does God’s heart and power for a better future.  Christian Community Development is a revolution in the Church’s work to transition from a charity mindset to one of development (building capacity).  To do so requires commitment, risk and faith.  But, the result is the flourishing of people and communities as God intends!

This 90-minute class introduces the principles of Christian Community Development (CCD) as found in Scripture. It will highlight case studies of these principles in action and the resulting shalom brought about when God’s people fully embrace their city and its residents.  CCD grew from grassroots, church-based efforts across the nation (not a classroom) where God’s people humbled themselves and placed their hopes and work alongside others, especially the poor and underestimated.  The class will also highlight BHITC’s current efforts underway in Cleveland’s Clark-Fulton and Stockyards neighborhoods, providing information and opportunities for participants to join more deeply in our CCD work.  Participants will also meet ministry leaders from across the city, practicing CCD principles in their context.

When and Where:

  • Saturday, Oct. 24 – 10:00 – 11:30 am, location TBD (90 minutes)

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Tutor Orientation

Tutoring for the fall of 2020 will take place both virtually and in-person in small groups beginning late September.  Join us for one of the orientation sessions below to learn more about how you can impact an urban or refugee student this school year.  You are needed now more than ever!  You will have the option to do whichever format of tutoring you are most comfortable with.  This is a 1-2 hour a week commitment based on your schedule and the student’s needs.

When and Where:

  • The Hope Center – Sat., Sept. 26 – 10:00 – 11:30 am at The Hope Center
    *Note:  Rescheduled from its original date of Sept. 19.  Our apologies for any inconvenience
  • Halle School of Inquiry – Details coming soon!

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MissionSmith Sessions

When:
Check back for future events!

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Global Conversation Classes

Global Conversation Classes are a series of trainings specific to BHITC’s refugee ministry.  All Global Conversation classes take place from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at The Hope Center, 15135 Triskett Road in Cleveland.

Refugee 201:  A class designed for those who have mentored a refugee family for several months or longer and are looking to help the family take the next steps forward in life.  The session includes considering what the next big decisions may be for the family and how to help them through the process.
     When:  No dates scheduled at this time.  We hope to resume these classes in 2021. 

Immigration 101:  This class teaches the fundamentals of the American immigration system. You will earn about immigration law and policy so that you can better understand what’s happening in the news and how to support immigrants in your community.
     When: No dates scheduled at this time.   We hope to resume these classes in 2021. 

ESL Tips & Tricks:  This session offers practical tips and techniques for helping a refugee or immigrant begin to learn the English language.  BHITC’s ESL ministries need additional volunteer teachers, and those considering serving as a volunteer refugee mentor would also benefit from this session.
     When: No dates scheduled at this time.   We hope to resume these classes in 2021. 

Cross-Cultural Communication:  In this class, students will identify and discuss barriers that might prevent people from effectively engaging in communication across cultures and review methods for applying effective cross-cultural communication methods.
     When: No dates scheduled at this time.   We hope to resume these classes in 2021. 

Preparing Students for Citizenship
     When: No dates scheduled at this time.   We hope to resume these classes in 2021. 

Pre-registration required.

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