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In-Person Volunteer Recruitment: El Paso and San Diego

Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas and the Jewish Family Services of San Diego, California are calling upon RPCVs for help. In-person volunteers are needed to support the influx of refugees who have recently been allowed admittance into the United States.

Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas

Seeking volunteers for a summer internship position, and individuals looking to commit to a year long residency.

  • Site Shift Coordinator: responsible for the operation and supervision of the hospitality center during their shift. This volunteer must be very responsible, bilingual, trustworthy, dependable, mature, with organizational skills and initiative.
  • Support Volunteers: provide presence, supervision, and carry out a variety of tasks. This includes doing refugee intakes, staffing center office, greeting visitors, taking donations, etc. Support Volunteers also assist in the supervision of the clothing room.
  • Travel & Transportation: arranges transportation to the bus station or airport. Volunteers also see to it that Care Packages are provided to families traveling long distances by ground transportation.
  • Kitchen & Cook: ensures individual boxed meals are provided for guests, maintains kitchen cleanliness, puts away leftover food, takes stock of needed supplies.
  • Care Package Preparation: makes sandwiches and fills Ziploc bags with food needed for travel by air or bus
  • Laundry, Cleaning & Supplies: ensures all linens and towels are washed, oversees laundry supplies, assists in organizing and supervising the daily cleaning of the site by the guests
  • Health Care: sorting of over-the-counter medications is needed, as are on-call health care providers for non-emergency situations.
  • Clothing Bank: Sorts and organizes clothing donations and assists each new refugee in picking out a clean change of clothes.

Interested volunteers looking to serve over the summer can apply here. Those wishing to serve in a year long commitment can apply here. El Paso-based volunteers can apply here.

or questions please contact:  http://refugees@annunciationhouse.orgrefugees@annunciationhouse.org (for local El Paso/Las Cruces community individuals) or volunteercoordinator@annunciationhouse.org (for out of town individuals willing to travel to El Paso.)

Can’t volunteer at this time? Consider a financial or material donation to support Annunciation House’s efforts.

Jewish Family Services in San Diego, California

Seeking in-person volunteers who can help transport refugees.

Needs include:

  • Drivers to transport refugees to the airport/bus station, help families navigate through the Greyhound or Airport by printing boarding passes and advocating for them until security.
  • Drivers to transport families to and from medical appointments.
  • Drivers to deliver food, clothing, and other resources to the JFS campus and to the hotels where families are staying (contactless).

Interested volunteers please contact Katrina at sheltervolunteer@jfssd.org and copy info@pcc4refugees.org. Please mention if you are a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.