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.

Cultural Mentoring

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.

The first step to volunteering is attending one of our Refugee 101/Orientation classes. Click here to find a class near you.

Creating Baskets/Bins

When a family arrives to the United States through our agency, we provide them with an Apartment Bin filled with miscellaneous items that the federal government considers essential items that every arrival must have. When we are able to provide Apartment Bins that have been donated we can save the families an average of $50, which they’re then able to put towards rent or food. What seems like a small amount makes a huge difference as a family begins their journey towards financial stability and self-sufficiency.

We also collect Baby Baskets, Welcome Baskets, and Hygiene Baskets. These items while not required, can make a huge difference in the lives of our newly arrived neighbors. Putting together a Bin or Basket can be a great team or group activity!

Volunteer

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.

In-Home Tutoring

Our In-Home Tutoring program matches volunteers in a one-on-one relationship with a high school aged refugee youth. This is a unique opportunity to work one-on-one with refugee youth who may be struggling academically due to previous limited schooling or gaps in education. Challenges range from basic literacy to subject competency, so the assistance you provide may vary based on need, yet is undeniably instrumental in their overall success in school. The minimum time commitment for this program is one hour/week for the duration of the semester. Experience working with youth or in education preferred, but not required. If interested, please contact us at refugeevolunteer@lfsrm.org.

Donations

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!

To get started as a Cultural Mentor or Volunteer click here. For donation and basket/bin information please click here.