Helping Refugees as a Volunteer: Part IV

What can you do as a single person who wants to reach out to refugees in your neighborhood? Read the following checklist for tips:

Five Steps for the Beginning Volunteer1-Contact-your-local

Here are the sites working with two more major resettlement agencies (EMM & HIAS) within your own cities.

Episcopal Migration Ministries

This organization helps resettle an average of 5,000 refugees each year and is considered a specific ministry of the Episcopal Church in the United States, which has numerous other mercy ministries aiding the elderly and minorities. They work with the following agencies (again, some of these local agencies work with multiple VOLAGs–and for the meaning of that term, check out Part III). For more tips on specific volunteer ideas, read the beginning of Part I and Part II of this series.

Diocese of Arizona
Refugee Focus (you’ll have noticed by now that they work with many large VOLAGs)

Diocese of Atlanta
New American Pathways

Diocese of Central New York
Interfaith Works of Central NY New Americans

Diocese of Chicago

Diocese of Colorado
Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains

Episcopal Church in Connecticut
Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services

Diocese of East Carolina
Interfaith Refugee Ministry

Diocese of East Tennessee
Bridge Refugee Services

Diocese of Florida
Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida

Diocese of Idaho
Agency for New Americans

Diocese of Indianapolis
Exodus Refugee/Immigration Inc.

Diocese of Kansas
Episcopal Wichita-Area Refugee Ministry

Diocese of Kentucky
Kentucky Refugee Ministries

Diocese of Lexington
Kentucky Refugee Ministries

Diocese of Los Angeles
Interfaith Refugee & Immigration Services of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles

Diocese of Michigan
Lutheran Social Services of Michigan

Episcopal Church in Minnesota
Minnesota Council of Churches

Diocese of New Hampshire
Ascentria Care Alliance

Diocese of North Dakota
Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota

Diocese of Olympia
Diocese of Olympia Refugee Resettlement Office

Diocese of Southeast Florida
Episcopal Migration Ministries-Miami

Diocese of Southern Ohio
Community Refugee & Immigration Services

Diocese of Texas
Refugee Services of Texas, Austin
Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston

Diocese of Western Massachusetts
Ascentria Care Alliance

Diocese of Western Michigan
Lutheran Social Services of Michigan

Diocese of Western New York
Journey’s End Refugee Services

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)

HIAS started to aid Jewish refugees “fleeing pogroms in Russia and Eastern Europe,” back in the late 1800s. It is still considered a Jewish aid society, but, like the Ethiopian agency mentioned in Part III, it helps refugees from anywhere.

Following is a list of HIAS partners:


Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles – 323-935-5303

Jewish Family Service of San Diego – 858-637-3030

Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco – 415-449-1200

Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the East Bay – 925-927-2000

Jewish Family Services of the Silicon Valley – 408-556-0600


Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services (Clearwater and Plantation) – 727-479-1800


Jewish Child and Family Services (Chicago) – 312-357-4800


Jewish Community Services (Baltimore) – 410-466-9200


Jewish Family Service of Metrowest – 508-875-3100

Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts – 413-746-2001


Jewish Family Service of Washtenaw County – 734-769-0209

New Jersey:

Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest New Jersey – 973-674-6330

New York:

Jewish Family Service of Buffalo and Erie County – 716-883-1914

North Carolina:

Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency – 704-535-8803


US Together (Columbus, Cleveland, and Toledo) – 614-310-3200


HIAS Pennsylvania – 215-832-0900

Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Pittsburgh – 412-422-7200


Jewish Family Service of Greater Seattle – 253-850-4065


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