Helping Refugees as a Volunteer: Part V

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).

International Rescue Committee (IRC)

International Rescue Committee, as its name implies, has many feet on the ground in the most war-torn countries and the hardest places in the world to stay alive. They also work with individual sites for resettlement.

Individual sites include links that describe their current volunteer needs. For example, check out the Atlanta volunteer page HERE.)

US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI)

The following organizations work with USCRI to find homes for refugees and survivors of human trafficking. Visit the individual websites to find out the focus of each agency.

API Chaya, Seattle, WA

Phone: 206-467-9976

American Civic Association, Binghamton, NY

Phone: 607-723-9419

Aspen Victim Advocacy Services, Yakima, WA

Phone: 509-452-9675

CAMBA, Brooklyn, NY

Phone: 718-282-2500

Cattaraugus Community Action, Inc., Salamanca, NY

Phone: 716- 945-1041

Children’s Bureau, Santa Ana, CA (Unaccompanied Migrating Children)

Phone: 714-352-3190

College of Southern Idaho Refugee Programs, Twin Falls, ID

Phone: 208-736-2166

Covenant House, Atlanta, GA

Phone: 404-589-0163

Crime Victim Services of Lima, Lima, OH

Phone: 419-222-8666

Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, Providence, RI

Phone: 401-784-8638

Heartland Alliance of Human Needs and Human Rights Chicago, IL

Phone: 773-728-5960

Immigration Counseling Service, Portland, OR

Phone: 503-221-1689

International Institute of Akron, Akron, OH

Phone: 330-376-5106

International Institute of Boston, Boston, MA

Phone: 617-695-9990

International Institute of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Phone: 716-883-1900

International Institute of Connecticut, Bridgeport, CT

Phone: 203-336-0141
Phone: 818-244-2550

International Institute of Lowell, Lowell, MA

Phone: 978-459-9031

International Institute of Minnesota, St Paul, MN

Phone: 651-647-0191

International Institute of New Hampshire, Manchester, NH

Phone: 603-647-1500

International Institute of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

Phone: 314-773-9090

International Institute of St. Louis – Southwest Missouri, Springfield, MO

Phone: 417-720-1552

International Institute of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Phone: 412-225-6220

International Services Center, Cleveland, OH

Phone: 216-781-4560

Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

Phone: 504-831-8475

Jewish Family Services New Orleans, LA (Unaccompanied Migrating Children)

Phone: 504-831-8475

Jewish Vocational Services, Kansas City, MO

Phone: 816-471-2808

Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care, Washington, DC (Unaccompanied Migrating Children)

Phone: 202-545-8023

My Sisters’ Place, White Plains, NY

Phone: 914-683-1333, 1-800-292-SAFE

Nationalities Service Center, Philadelphia, PA

Phone: 215-893-8400

New York Asian Women’s Center, New York, NY

Phone: 212-732-0054

Northern Area Companies, Pittsburgh, PA

Phone: 412-781-1175

Pacific Gateway Center, Honolulu, HI

Phone: 808-851-7010

Project DOVE, Ontario, Oregon

Phone: 541-889-6316

STOP Domestic Violence/Behavioral Health Services North, Inc, Plattsburgh, NY

Phone: 518-563-6904

Safe Horizon, Anti-Trafficking Program, Brooklyn, NY

Phone: 718-943-8631

The Center for Prevention of Abuse, Peoria, IL

Phone: 1-800-559-7233

The Gray Haven, Richmond, VA

Phone: 804-344-4400

USCRI Albany, Albany, NY

Phone: 518-459-1790

USCRI Des Moines, Des Moines, IA

Phone: 515-528-7525

USCRI Detroit, Dearborn, MI

Phone: 313-581-4420

USCRI Erie, Erie, PA

Phone: 814-452-3935

USCRI HQ, Arlington, VA

Phone: 703-310-1130

USCRI North Carolina, Raleigh, NC

Phone: 919-334-0072

USCRI Vermont, Colchester, VT

Phone: 802-654-1700

Vermont Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, Montpelier, VT

Phone: 802-223-1302

Western Kentucky Refugee Mutual Assistance – Bowling Green, Bowling Green, KY

Phone: 270-781-8336

Western Kentucky Refugee Mutual Assistance – Owensboro, Owensboro, KY

Phone: 270-256-2598

YMCA International Services
, Houston, TX

Phone: 713-339-9015

Youth Co-op, Inc., Miami, FL

Phone: 305-643-6730

Youth Co-op, Inc., Palm Springs, FL

Phone: 561-964-1693

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

You don’t have to be Catholic to volunteer at one of the agencies that works with USCCB. USCCB is simply the overall agency that handles the major federal grants, distributes them to smaller agencies, helps sponsor specific groups of refugees, etc. USCCB, in partnership with these agencies, claims to do as much as 30% of the resettlement that happens in the U.S.

  • Alabama (Mobile)
  • Alaska (Anchorage)
  • Arizona (Phoenix, Tucson)
  • Arkansas (Springdale & Little Rock)
  • California (Glendale, Oakland, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Jose)
  • Connecticut (Hartford)
  • Delaware (Wilmington)
  • Florida (Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach, Pensacola, Saint Augustine, Saint Petersburg, Venice, Naples)
  • Georgia (Atlanta)
  • Illinois (Chicago, Rockford)
  • Indiana (Fort Wayne–South Bend, Indianapolis)
  • Iowa (Des Moines, Cedar Rapids,
  • Kansas (Kansas City, Overland Park)


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