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Be a Refugee Family's "First Friend" Mentor

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Ethiopian Community Development Council

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 14 people are interested

Through the "First Friend" mentorship opportunity, ECDC pairs local volunteers with refugee families that would benefit from a bit more assistance adjusting to their new environment.

Often this assistance takes the form of teaching or practicing English, helping look for new/improved employment, learning public transportation and the area, etc., based on the specific family's needs.

Whereas our other volunteer opportunities require weekday/daytime availability, this mentorship takes place whenever works best for you and your family, and meetings with the refugee families often take place on evenings or weekends, making it a popular option for families or working professionals. This is currently a virtual opportunity, but there could be some in-person activities if both the family and volunteer/s feel comfortable.

Time commitment is approximately 10-20 hours per month for 4-6 months.

Please contact cmccaw@ecdcus.org if you are interested in being a "First Friend" and we'll let you know about the process for joining!

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About Ethiopian Community Development Council


8121 Georgia Avenue, Suite 800, Silver Spring, MD 20910, US

Mission Statement

ECDC's mission is to resettle refugees, promote cultural, educational, and socioeconomic development in the refugee and immigrant community in the United States, and conduct humanitarian and development programs in the Horn of Africa. To pursue this mission, ECDC: provides programs and services that assist newcomers to the country become productive members of their new American communities fosters greater understanding among newcomers and the wider community conducts outreach and education activities to increase public awareness about refugee and immigrant issues promotes African community-based organizations increase their capacity to serve their local communities promotes civic participation by newcomers in the decision-making process at the local, state, and national levels provides cross-cultural training to service providers' on the diverse cultural backgrounds of the clients they work with assists in educational development and cultural preservation projects in Ethiopia


ECDC is non-profit organization that works toward the resettlement of refugees within the United States. We conduct case work, as well as educational and social outreach programs for newly arrived refugee families. These programs are aimed to help the families recover from past traumatic experiences, get adjusted to American life, and become economically self-sufficient contributing members of their new communities. The refugees we work with refugees come from all across the globe.

Some of the services that we provide refugee families include:

  • Housing and rent for 3 months (families will hopefully be self-sufficient by this time)
  • Basic home furnishings
  • Enrollment in ESL classes
  • Setting up medical and social security appointments
  • School enrollment for the children
  • Helping refugee families connect with their new communities on a social and logistical level
Advocacy & Human Rights
Education & Literacy
Immigrants & Refugees


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations Silver Spring, MD 20910



  • Mentoring
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)


  • Group


  • min.10 hrs/month, flexible on day/time for 4-6 mos

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