Refugee Women's Empowerment VISTA

Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest

About the organization

Since 1970, Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest (LSS-SW) has responded to Arizona’s changing needs by compassionately offering quality services and resources that contribute to a stronger and healthier Arizona for all people. LSS-SW Refugee & Immigration Division resettles refugee families from countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Burma (Myanmar), and more. The Refugee Women’s Empowerment Program (WEP) was established in 2008 to serve refugee women in Arizona through free, supportive programming. For more information, please visit


The Refugee Women’s Empowerment VISTA will expand the capacity of the Women’s Empowerment Program (WEP) in three main focus areas:

1. Online Marketing - The VISTA will expand the reach of WEP’s online following by researching best practices and continuously evaluating the online performance of AZRefugeeWomenCreate, both on Etsy and Instagram (IG). This will grow the scale and reach of the Etsy store, which will increase sales, thus increasing the effectiveness of the sewing program. As new Etsy and IG accounts thorough research, evaluation, and experimentation of best practices will help solidify AZRefugeeWomenCreate as a sustainable, long-term project. (Examples: what hashtags engage the most followers, which products have the highest conversion, how can we reach more buyers, what are current search engine optimization (SEO) practices on Etsy?)

2. Volunteer and Intern Capacity - The capacity of WEP to serve refugee women in Phoenix is directly related to the program’s volunteer capacity. By increasing WEP’s volunteer & intern network through universities, community colleges, student groups, etc, the VISTA will ensure the longevity and effectiveness of WEP programming.

3. Evaluation, Development, and Expansion of WEP Programming - The VISTA will increase WEP’s capacity by assisting in the evaluation of existing programming and the development of new programming by creating and implementing a feedback loop. This will expand the program’s effectiveness and scale.


• 18 years or older, no upper age limit. All ages are welcome and encouraged to apply
• Strong intercultural communication skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from other cultural and linguistic backgrounds
• Some college required (Bachelor’s degree and higher preferred)
• Strong computer skills including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Apps
• Strong problem solving, writing, and verbal communication skills; organized and attentive to detail
• Ability to be flexible and work well in a variety of situations
• Effective problem-solving skills
• Friendly and effective interpersonal skills
• Encouraged to apply: Bilingual or multilingual abilities (in Arabic, Nepali, Kiswahili, Kinyarwanda, Tigrigna, Amharic, French, Spanish, or any other language)
• Encouraged to apply: Experience living and working outside the United States (especially in a non-English speaking country)
• Access to reliable transportation


Volunteer w/ Living Stipend

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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If you have any questions about the position, please contact Katie Morris ([email protected]) or Rachel Bechdolt ([email protected])

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