Help Refugees as a Volunteer: Part I

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Many people want to help the refugees who have been resettled in their area; they just aren’t sure how to go about doing that. For some of us who live in more rural areas, frequent volunteering may not be possible. But for those who live in larger cities, volunteering is a wonderful way to make a difference in the lives of a few people who will never forget you. (And whose souls you will never forget, as I can say from experience–although you may not always remember the right names.) Here are two organizations you or your church leaders may contact to find out about volunteer opportunities. (I’ll post more later.) Teach English, help with finding schools and grocery stores–and share the Good News!

World Relief

World Relief is the major Christian resettlement organization in the United States. This organization faced a lot of controversy several years ago when it decided to have all its employees sign a Statement of Faith. Some of its employees (Muslims, atheists, or just professing Christians who objected to the enforcement of the Statement of Faith) ended up looking for jobs elsewhere. A now-stronger affirmation of Christian faith and values, though, makes World Relief a better fit for churches who are seeking to reach out to refugees.

CALIFORNIA

FLORIDA

GEORGIA

MINNESOTA

NORTH CAROLINA

OHIO

TENNESSEE

TEXAS

WASHINGTON

WISCONSIN

Lutheran Immigrant and Refugee Services

This organization partners with multiple smaller organizations that sponsor refugees living in cities all over the United States.

Arizona
Refugee Focus, Phoenix and Tuscon

California
Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Service, Los Angeles

Colorado
Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains, Denver, Colorado Springs, Greeley

Florida
Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida, Jacksonville
Lutheran Services Florida, Miami, Orlando and Tampa

Georgia
Lutheran Services of Georgia, Atlanta, Savannah

Illinois
RefugeeOne, Chicago

Maryland
Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area, Silver Spring

Massachusetts
Ascentria Care Alliance, Westfield and Worcester

Michigan
Lutheran Social Services of Michigan, Battle Creek, Grand Rapids and Troy

Minnesota
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, Minneapolis and St. Cloud

Nebraska
Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska, Omaha

New Hampshire
Ascentria Care Alliance, Concord

New Mexico
Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains, Albuquerque

New York
Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees, Utica

North Carolina
Lutheran Services Carolinas, Raleigh

North Dakota
Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota—Center for New Americans, Bismarck, Fargo and Grand Forks

Oregon
Lutheran Community Services Northwest, Portland

Pennsylvania
Lutheran Children and Family Services of Eastern Pennsylvania, Lancaster, Philadelphia, and Allentown

South Carolina
Lutheran Services Carolinas—Refugee Resettlement Program, Columbia

South Dakota
Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota, Huron and Sioux Falls

Texas
Refugee Services of Texas, Dallas, Fort Worth, Amarillo and Houston

Virginia
Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area, Falls Church

Washington
Lutheran Community Services Northwest, Tacoma, Vancouver, Seattle, Spokane

Wisconsin
Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, Madison and Milwaukee

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4 comments

  1. […] a list of places you can contact to find out about volunteer opportunities in your area. In Part I, locations are listed for World Relief and LIRS. Church World Service is featured in Part […]

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  2. […] Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS) (For more information, see Part I.) […]

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  3. […] that term, check out Part III). For more tips on specific volunteer ideas, read the beginning of Part I and Part II of this […]

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  4. […] This post is the last in a series of five about places you can contact to find out about volunteering to help refugees in your community. Earlier posts include tips for beginning volunteers (Part IV), a reminder to be persistent and kind when you have difficulty reaching the right person in the agency (Part III), ideas for things you may do as a volunteer (Part II), and some brief encouragement (Part I). […]

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