Refugee & Asylee Volunteer Program
At LFS, we have a variety of ways you can assist and engage with refugees. Whether it be compiling welcome baskets or working closely with refugee families themselves, we offer an array of opportunities suited to your specific preferences. We have five offices in the Rocky Mountain region, each with individual needs.
Our Cultural Mentoring and Exchange program gives you the opportunity to work directly with the refugees we serve. This is a six month commitment in which you will work continuously with a family that has recently arrived into the U.S. During this time you will focus on four key points: Financial Literacy, Employment, Practical Life Skills, and Learning English. You will work on these skills to varying degrees depending on the interests and needs of the family.
While it is important that you help your refugee family with the skills listed above, your main job is to provide friendship to these new community members! We view this program as a cultural exchange, and the relationship you build with your family will be mutually beneficial.
Due to the increase interest in volunteering with refugees and a lower number of refugees being permitted into the country, there may be a wait list to volunteer. The first step to volunteering is attending one of our Refugee 101/Orientation classes. Click here to find a class near you.
When a family arrives to the United States through our agency, we provide them with a basket/ bin filled with miscellaneous items that they must have or may need. By providing these items, we are saving the families a lot of money out of their own pocket. Often, newly arrived refugees are required to have these items in their possession, so it is incredibly important to us that we provide them with these baskets so they can better begin their journey towards financial stability and self-sufficiency.
If you are interested in exploring different avenues for supporting and assisting refugees, we offer a variety of ways that you can utilize your time as a volunteer:
On-Call Volunteer: Receive email correspondence about one time, or short-term opportunities to volunteer
Office Volunteer: We always need help around the office. We have opportunities to volunteer with our legal and immigration, case management, employment, and volunteer departments.
Transportation Volunteer: Getting around town can be tough. Volunteer to help refugees learn our bus system, or to drive refugees to appointments.
We always need help with fundraising and other financial assistance. If you cannot donate your time, but still want to participate in assisting refugees in the community, consider the following opportunities ways contribute:
Co-Sponsorship: Help ease the tough cost of living by contributing $1,000 towards first month’s rent for a refugee family.
Fundraising: We can always use help raising funds to help refugee families.
Gift Cards: One awesome and simple way to help refugees, and to give them some choice in what the get, is to collect gift cards!