Family Volunteer Opportunities + Refugee Resources
posted by: Guest Blogger
2877 Lawrence St.
Denver, CO 80205
– 7 common myths about refugee resettlement in the United States.
– Related: A Syrian family of refugees who has settled in Boston describe the vetting process they went through.
Statistically speaking, refugees who get resettled in the USA have found the ultimate pot of gold. Out of 65 million refugees in the world, only 1 percent of them will get resettled. Half of that 1 percent will resettle in the United States. Local resettlement agencies can get overwhelmed with an increasing number of incoming refugee families and limited budgets.
- Church World Service (CWS)
- Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC) (secular)
- Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM)
- Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)
- International Rescue Committee (IRC) (secular)
- U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) (secular)
- Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS)
- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
- World Relief Corporation (WR)
Donating goods is good and donating cash is often better. There are dozens of grass-roots organizations on the ground that provide basic necessities to refugees directly and hands-on. For example, LHI uses donated money to purchase vegetables, cooking oil, rice, lentils, tea, sugar, flour, dish detergent, laundry powder, shampoo, soap, diapers and many other basic items for the 525+ refugees in our camp.
Some organizations doing good work on the ground that could benefit from donations include:
- Lifting Hands International
- Drop in the Ocean
- Move For Humanity
- I am You
- Dirty Girls of Lesvos