Allison Bechill, Scott Campbell, and Casey McKinley
Casa Cornelia and scores of other public and private agencies rely on interpreters and translators for communicating with immigrants and their communities. Volunteer support overcomes language barriers and ensures that all clients have access to support services in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner. Unfortunately, there is often a lack of qualified volunteer interpreters and translators available, most acutely for its Somali clients, which comprise the largest percentage of its Asylum Program’s caseload.
This paper considers possible solutions to the insufficient number of volunteers that are currently available to Casa Cornelia.
Alicia Milla and Alexis Rodriguez
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is a national organization that was started back in 1970 by two mothers of sons with type 1 diabetes. Since its founding, JDRF has awarded more than $1.5 billion to diabetes research around the world, including $9.9 million of research in San Diego. JDRF is a volunteer-driven organization with thousands of volunteers in locations worldwide. While JDRF is working hard to find a cure and improve the lives of those living with type 1 diabetes, it also has a goal of providing volunteer-led support programs to people with type 1 diabetes and their families. JDRF San Diego is challenged with being able to provide outreach support to families in the South Bay area. Alicia Milla and Alexis Rodriguez developed a proposed Community Action Plan to assist the San Diego chapter of JDRF in becoming more responsive to the South Bay community.
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