Volunteer Positions

An Interview with Sue Koesser: A Peek into the Clothes Closet

Clothes Closet

This month’s blog post highlights one of our amazing volunteers, Sue Koesser. Sue is an amazing woman who has faithfully committed three years to The Welcome to America’s Clothes Closet. Continue reading for more information about Sue and the Clothes Closet.

WTAP: What is the clothes closet?

Sue: The Clothes Closet is an event that occurs every other Saturday morning. It is held once a month at two apartment complexes, one in Phoenix and the other in Glendale….(The)  Clothes Closet events are fun mornings…as we welcome the refugees and provide a “shopping experience” for them.

WTAP: Why did you get involved with the Clothes closet?

Sue: I initially volunteered because of a sense of wanting to give back for the many blessings I have had in my life…I wanted the refugees to feel good about Americans and for them to feel welcomed and hopeful . But I can tell you that the true benefactor of my volunteering is myself. The smiles and hugs, the warm feelings of friendship, the patience I have learned from the calm way the refugees wait their turn amaze me.

For more information on how to volunteer with the Clothes Closet, please take a look at the “volunteer” tab on the Welcome to America Project website. Thank you Sue for all you have done for the refugees in Phoenix!

Calling All Accountants

help-wantedDo you have experience with accounting or bookkeeping? Then The Welcome to America Project needs your help! We’re looking for someone to organize, prepare, and assist in tracking donations/expenses. Additional duties include filing taxes, recordkeeping, and balancing and checking various accounts using standard bookkeeping methods. Follow-up and follow-through is a key. Applicant must be reliable and detail oriented.

Responsibilities

  • Enters transactions/register entries into QuickBooks.
  • Reconciles monthly bank statements.
  • Prepares monthly financial reports.
  • Prepares the yearly 990 documentation.
  • Additional duties may include: preparing statistical, financial, accounting or auditing reports.

Qualifications

  • 2 years prior accounting or bookkeeping experience.
  • Experience with QuickBooks for Nonprofits is useful.
  • Knowledge of nonprofit accounting is desirable.

Compensation

This is a volunteer position with no financial compensation. Estimated time commitment is 10 flexible hours per month.

For more information, please contact Megan O’Connor.