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Volunteer Opportunities

These volunteer opportunities will be updated as we receive feedback from you about your experience.  If you contact one of the following organizations, please respond to the questions on our survey.

Paid Positions

International Rescue Committee | Multiple Locations


The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is seeking to fill a number of positions to support Afghan refugees in several states.  These are full-time positions with a minimum requirement of 14 consecutive days and a preference for candidates willing to work longer than 2 weeks.  Pay is $17/hour + overtime.  IRC will provide meals during work hours, accommodations and travel.  If interested please click here for more information and application process.

Locations:
El Paso, TX
Baltimore, MD
Elizabeth, NJ
La Crosse, WI
Bloomington, IN

Remote

Border Servant Corps


The "Interpreter Phone Book" serves as a resource for migrant shelters in the borderlands when language assistance is needed. Interpretation may be needed for as little as 1 simple question or as much as a 60+ minute medical consultation, travel explanation, etc. If you have questions, please feel free to contact info@bscnm.org.

Nationwide

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Department of Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS)

Please complete this form to convey availability to welcome and support processing of Afghans who have been relocated to the United States and are at one of multiple U.S. government facilities throughout the country. At this time, we are unable to provide a timeline for the total possible duration of this engagement, though availability for at least two weeks is strongly preferred. We are also unable to convey at this time the facility where your help will be needed most; those details would be provided in a later communication based on your responses to this form. However, reasonable expenses will be reimbursed, including air/ground transportation and lodging.

California

Jewish Family Services | San Diego

The San Diego Rapid Response Migrant Shelter operated by Jewish Family Services provides shelter services which include case management, travel assistance, nutrition services, medical screenings, and financial support for migrant families. Volunteers are needed to welcome refugees and asylum seekers with dignity and compassion.  Volunteers are needed as:

Shelter Couriers are needed to help pack and deliver meals to families. Volunteers are responsible for putting together bags of hygiene items, food, and other supplies and delivering them to hotels. 

Airport/Greyhound Guides help families navigate the ins and outs of transportation by serving as a transportation guide! Guides are responsible for picking up families from their respective hotels, helping them print their boarding tickets, and escorting families through the airport or greyhound station until they arrive at their boarding gate. Positions available 7 days a week!

Interested volunteers, please contact sheltervolunteer@jfssd.org with your availability and area of interest.

Al Otro Lado | San Diego

At this time, most of Al Otro Lado’s services for asylum seekers in Tijuana are remote. However, they are currently accepting limited volunteers to assist with human rights monitoring at the port-of-entry in Tijuana, Mexico.  Interested volunteers need to fill out an on-line application located at:  https://airtable.com/shrNruFjO5hnCyWoi

International Rescue Committee | San Diego

Most in-person volunteer activities have been suspended until further notice. If you would like to be contacted when programs are back up and running, or to inquire about any current remote opportunities, please email VolunteerSD@rescue.org .  If you have any written language capacity in the following languages: Arabic, Dari/Farsi, Swahili, Pashto, Russian, Spanish, Chinese, Creole, French, Vietnamese and are willing to be on call for translation, please contact the same email address.

Illinois

World Relief | Chicago

World Relief — Chicagoland with offices in DuPage, Aurora and Chicago are seeking volunteers for a variety of refugee support activities.  Their current focus includes assisting Afghan Refugees arriving in the U.S but they support refugees from all countries.  To learn more about the organization click on the link above.  If you are interested in working specifically in support of the Afghan crisis, email Chicagoland@wr.org to express interest.

Refugee One 

Largest Refugee Resettlement Agency in Illinois!  Offers a wide variety of Refugee services, and many volunteer opportunities.
To learn more and to volunteer, email info@refugeeone.org!

Maryland

International Rescue Committeee | Silver Spring

By volunteering with the IRC in Silver Spring, MD, you use your skills to help people who have fled violence and persecution to rebuild their lives in America. See the website for the latest volunteer opportunities and how to apply: https://www.rescue.org/volunteer-opportunities/silver-spring-md

Texas

Annunciation House | El Paso

Annunciation House manages several Shelters: Casa Vides, Casa Refugiado, Casa Oscar Romero.  Annunciation House is accepting a limited number of short-term volunteers to assist with providing hospitality to refugees enrolled in the Migrant Protection Protocols. MPP participants are now being admitted to the U.S. and will receive temporary hospitality as they are assisted in making plans to travel to their sponsors elsewhere in the US. To apply with Annunciation House, visit: https://annunciationhouse.org/shorttermvolunteering/ and review the CurrentVolunteerNeeds-10-JUN-2021 found on this website.  Both local and out-of-town volunteers are welcome but note that there are different forms for out-of-town volunteers to complete.

Casa Marianella | Austin

The Director of Casa Marianella explained that she currently has two RPCVs working with her but that she is in need of French speakers.  Interested RPCVs with high-intermediate to advanced French skills should email volunteer@casamarianella.org to express interest in volunteering.  Be sure to mention that you're an RPCV and speak French.  The ideal volunteer would live in Austin but it may be possible to serve virtually.  You will need to discuss this with the Director.

Valley Humanitarian Respite Center | McAllen

The Respite Center is interested in RPCVs to assist with providing shelter services to new arrivals of asylum seekers and refugees.  There are approximately 800 new arrivals daily and about 600 departures. The Center offers migrants a place to sleep overnight, 3 meals, toiletries and fresh clothes, and assistance with obtaining travel arrangements to their ultimate destination.  Volunteers assist with all of these activities.  Spanish is not required.  Volunteers have to find their own lodging.

International Rescue Committee | Abilene

IRC has volunteer opportunities in Abilene, Texas.  Individuals that want to volunteer can apply for specific positions such as: Youth Mentor, Single Mother Mentor, Client Training Volunteer, Employment Volunteer, etc.  Check the website for additional positions and to apply for volunteer opportunities.

Center for Refugee Services | San Antonio

CRS is not recruiting volunteers at this time due to COVID.  This information will be updated when volunteer opportunities become available.

Amaanah | Houston

Amaana's website does not provide information about volunteer opportunities but you can complete a form on the website to express interest in volunteering.   The Program Manager also suggests that you text the word “Volunteer” to 844-358-3872.  The organization seeks volunteers for:

  1. One-time distribution events every 3-4 months
  2. Teachers for after school and English language programs
  3. Supporting women in preparing for jobs through the Big Sister program