Friday, November 11, 2016

How to Work with an Agency

The best way to find refugees to help in your area is to search for the name of your city plus "refugee resettlement."

There are 9 official refugee resettlement agencies working in the US.

These agencies work in different areas around the country and all welcome refugees.  Volunteering with an agency is usually the best way to help refugees in your community because they can coordinate efforts and have a wide variety of opportunities with different time commitments.  You will probably need to get a background check to work with any agency.  No matter the religious affiliation of the agency, anyone is welcome to volunteer with them.

Here are some of the things you might be able to do:

  • Airport pickups
  • Host a welcome dinner
  • Driving to appointments
  • Office work
  • Sorting donations
  • Reviewing volunteer applications
  • Translation
  • Mentor a family
  • Help with resumes and job searches
  • Teaching English
  • Citizenship mentoring
  • Pro bono legal help
  • Tutoring or mentoring children
  • Loading, delivering, and unloading donations
  • Cleaning and setting up apartments
  • Helping with paperwork
  • Greeters
  • Helping with meals
  • Managing donations
  • ESL conversation partner
  • Fundraising
  • Donation drives for furniture, clothes, or supplies
  • Donate money 

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