Volunteer with the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants!


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991 Broadway, Suite 223Albany, NY 12204


Please consider volunteering with USCRI, and help newly arriving refugees in the Capital region!

Volunteers are an integral part of the refugee resettlement process. You play an important role in forming a positive first impression of the United States for refugees, and with helping them to make a smooth transition into their new home. Your help will make a real difference in the lives of local refugees, and may change your life as well!

You can choose from several ways to get involved, based on your skills, interests, and availability.

Volunteer Opportunities:

« Housing Helpers
Prepare apartments,shop for household goods, and organize donations in our warehouse. Some heavy lifters needed, lots of tasks that don’t required heavy lifting, too! Each week, volunteers are alerted via email about needs for the following week, and can sign up via email for as many or as few shifts as desired. During business hours.

« Front Desk Volunteers
Welcome and assist clients as they arrive in our office, coordinate with staff and interns. A wonderful role for volunteers who have experience communicating with individuals with Limited English Proficiency. Required commitment of at least 3 hours per week for 6 months. During business hours.

« Refugee Mentors

Help a refugee family navigate their new home and community by teaching them to use public transportation, shop for food at grocery stores, practice essential English, etc. Must commit to a minimum of 2 hours per week for at least 6 months.

« Patient Navigator Volunteers
Provide refugees with transportation and assistance for essential health appointments. Each week, volunteers are alerted via email regarding shifts available, and can sign up for as many or as few shifts as desired. An opportunity to meet many new refugee families and ensure they have a successful introduction to the US medical system. *Required: background check, reliable personal vehicle, current driver’s license and automobile insurance. During business hours, generally in the morning. Weekly commitment preferred.

« Pro Bono Attorneys

Assist refugees and immigrants who wish to become U.S. citizens, obtain green cards, or apply for family reunification.

« Community members can also organize a Donation Drive. This can focus on Winter Goods: coats, books, and blankets to help refugees prepare for their first winter; or on other household needs.

To get started as a volunteer, contact Jessica Fisk ( jfisk@uscri-albany.org)

Thank you again for your interest! We look forward to working with you.

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, Albany Field Office

991 Broadway, Suite 223 · Albany, NY 12204

phone (518) 459-1790 · fax (518) 459-1876 · info@uscri-albany.org

www.RefugeesAlbany.org · www.facebook.com/USCRI.Albany


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