UUCSJ Volunteer Program

The UUCSJ Volunteer Program is designed to be a powerful opportunity for individuals who are willing to lend their time, compassion, and skills to leave a meaningful impact with one of our partner organizations; however, this volunteer program also provides a framework to help volunteers deepen their understanding of systems of injustice and reflecting on one’s personal connection to justice work.

How UUCSJ understands volunteering:

  • We strive to place the needs of our partners first
  • We strive to move at the speed of trust
  • We strive to constantly reflect on and dismantle the saviorism often inherent in cross-cultural volunteer work

Click the button below to read UUCSJ’s grounding framework: The Volunteer Journey: Lighting the Way to Right Relationship [PDF]

Interested in volunteering? Check out the opportunities below

** Denotes URGENT request

**Louisiana Advocates for Immigrants in Detention (LA-AID)

Volunteer Spanish-speakers needed to help support a transportation hotline.

Louisiana Advocates for Immigrants in Detention (LA-AID) is looking for Spanish-speaking volunteers to support their transportation hotline to organize daily pick-ups of released immigrants from eight detention centers in Louisiana and one in Mississippi. Volunteers can support this work from their homes and do not need to be based in Louisiana. If you’re comfortable speaking Spanish over the phone and can offer time in one-hour shifts (Between 9AM – 7PM Central) your support would be a huge benefit to the LA-AID team. 

Visit https://laaid.org/volunteer/transport-hotline/ to learn more and sign up!

**Keeping Our Promise, Inc.

Volunteer attorneys and/or JDs are URGENTLY needed to help Afghan families.

Ellen Smith, the Executive Director of Keeping Our Promise, is seeking pro bono attorneys and JDs to support Afghan families navigating the humanitarian parole process. You can reach her at Ellen@keepingourpromise.org if you have legal qualifications and are able to assist.

**Disaster Justice Network

Volunteer should be located in the Lake Charles, Louisiana area

The Disaster Justice Network is looking for for a volunteer to shadow and support a community leader who is helping install roofs for damaged homes in Lake Charles, LA that were affected by Hurricane Laura and the subsequent storms in the area. Volunteer should also have experience and interest in conducting research.

Contact info@uucsj.org with the subject line Disaster Justice Network to sign up!

Al Otro Lado

Al Otro Lado is a bi-national (U.S. and Mexico) organization offering direct legal services to underserved deportees, migrants, and refugees. Due to the diverse needs of the individuals and families they serve, they coordinate with legal and non-legal professionals in a range of areas such as family law, labor law, criminal law, and employment law. More details >>

Date/s: Ongoing

Annunciation House

Annunciation House is focusing their search for summer and long-term volunteers (3+ months). If you’re interested, visit their website at https://annunciationhouse.org/volunteer/ for more information. They’re also in need of donations – both financial (preferred – to ensure they can buy what is needed in the moment) and material donations. Review their Current Volunteer Needs PDF found on this page to learn more. **Please note, some of the information within the PDF may be outdated. 

Carrizo/ Comecrudo Tribe of Texas

The Carrizo/ Comecrudo Tribe of Texas is looking for multiple volunteers to fill the roles of social media coordinator, website set-up and launch manager, and general tech support consultants as they build their online presence. Volunteers will be asked to attend an introduction call to learn more details about the support needed and the time commitment required. Time commitments may range from 1 to 5 hours per week, depending on the task, and volunteers should plan to commit a minimum of one month to this remote work. Volunteers should have familiarity with issues facing Native communities along the U.S./ Mexico border. 

Contact info@uucsj.org with the subject line Carrizo/ Comecrudo Volunteer to sign up!

UU Justice Florida

UU Justice Florida is looking for a social media coordinator to help jumpstart their social media and amplify their important work! Volunteers are needed to support up to 5 hours per week for a minimum of 2 weeks.

Desired Qualities/ Skills:

  • Advanced to fluent Spanish-speaker who feels comfortable writing health-related messages into Spanish
  • Familiar with HootSuite and Canva for designing social media graphics
  • Preference for volunteers to be based in Central Florida, but not required

Contact info@uucsj.org with the subject line UUJF Volunteer to sign up!

The Lowlander Center

The Lowlander Center in Louisiana is looking for multiple administrative volunteers who are interested in being integral members of the team. Volunteers should have experience working in organizations and be able to handle complex issues and work with the coalition to uplift their needs. Tasks will be based on volunteers’ availability. Specific tasks may include:

  • Monitor issues and available resources to support the team
  • Calendar management, including tracking meetings, grant deadlines, student volunteer hours, etc.
  • Support with communication and outreach efforts
  • Conduct historical research of an issue pertinent to an area

Contact info@uucsj.org with the subject line Lowlander Center Volunteer to sign up!

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UUCSJ would love to hear about your volunteer experience and understand how we can best continue to support your continued activism.

Volunteer Community on Facebook

Returned volunteers are encouraged to use this space to share helpful resources, ask questions, and share ideas on how to stay engaged in justice work following your volunteer experience. This is a closed group moderated by UUCSJ staff.

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Want to stay up to date on new volunteer opportunities? Join the Volunteer Team and you will be notified of new volunteer opportunities and invited to apply to those that match your skills and interests.


Read UUCSJ’s Statement on its response to COVID-19, and its decision to indefinitely postponed all of our spring and summer programs involving travel and extended in-person contact HERE

New UUCSJ Workshops – UUCSJ, in collaboration with various partners, is excited to offer a number of new workshops, currently available online. Individuals and groups are invited to check out the current offerings here – this page will be updated as new workshops are added.


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Heather Vickery is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with UU congregations, State Action Networks, past UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) program participants, and regional staff in order to expand engagement in UUSC and UUCSJ’s work. As the Coordinator for Congregational Activism, she manages the workshop offerings and group visits to the UUSC/UUCSJ office and assists with communications for the Activism and Justice Education Team. Heather is an active member of the Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network and a dedicated dog-mom to her rescue puppy Nova.

Heather may be contacted at hvickery@uucsj.org and 617-301-4303