The Volunteer Placements program is designed to be a powerful opportunity for individuals who are willing to lend their skills and/or expertise to leave a meaningful impact with one of our partner organizations, while also strengthening their own personal faith through justice work.
Solidarity with the Central American Exodus: Volunteer Opportunities
There is an immediate need for volunteers in Mexico and on both sides of the U.S./ Mexico border. At the same time, the situation is changing day by day and it is very important that we remain flexible and responsive.
Past volunteer roles include
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UUCSJ is recruiting a team of passionate volunteers to be among the first to know when new volunteer opportunities arise throughout the year.
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Current Volunteer Placements: Click each opportunity to learn more
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.
Date/s: Ongoing; one week minimum
Location: Tijuana, Mexico or San Diego, CA
Annunciation House is a volunteer, non-profit organization providing accompaniment and basic emergency services to asylum seekers at the border. With the current number of people arriving from Central America and the coming caravan from Honduras, they are in need of volunteers to help with intakes, transportation, travel arrangements, the clothing bank, and providing meals.
Date/s: Ongoing; three week minimum
Location: El Paso, Texas
Are You Syrious?
Are You Syrious is recruiting volunteers to support efforts to provide humanitarian aid and support to asylum seekers and refugees in the capital, Zagreb – in their integration center/ Free Shop and in the Porin refugee reception center.
Date/s: Ongoing – Minimum of three months of service
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
Asylum Protection Center
Asylum Protection Center is a professional organization in need of volunteer support to provide information and humanitarian assistance to asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in/around asylum and reception centers throughout Serbia. Volunteers will be involved in organizing various workshops and take part in integration support to refugees.
Date/s: Ongoing – Minimum of one month of service
FM4 Paso Libre
FM4 Paso Libre, is a non-profit organization that works to defend and promote the human rights of migrants and refugees in the west part of Mexico through comprehensive support, advocacy and research.
Date/s: December 2018, January 2019, May 2019, August 2019 – Minimum one month of service
Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR)
GLAHR needs volunteers with experience in grant writing and website development to support their growing movement throughout the state of Georgia.
Date/s: September 4, November 1, December 3 – Minimum of 20 hours of service
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Hurricane Relief and Response
As communities around the country are impacted by hurricanes and other natural disasters, UUCSJ will connect with local congregations and grassroots partners most impacted, to offer hands-on support where that is possible. If you are willing and able to volunteer with recovery and long-term rebuilding efforts, please complete the Volunteer Interest Form, and we will contact you if volunteer teams are needed.
Please remember that it can take several months for impacted communities and partners to determine if and/or how they can use outside volunteers, and UUCSJ will not send volunteers until they are requested and we are sure they will be beneficial to recovery efforts.
The Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC)
The Muslim Anti-Racist Collaborative (MuslimARC), founded in 2014, is a faith-based human rights education organization. Their goals are to create learning spaces that foster racial equity, connect people to build a multi-racial network, and cultivate solutions to advance and amplify racial equity.
Date/s: Ongoing – Minimum of 10-15 hours of service
Location: Virtual (also Michigan or Southern California)
RAICES is looking for fluent Spanish-speaking volunteers to travel to San Antonio to support women asylum seekers either in the nearby Karnes detention facility or after they’re released and dropped off at a local bus station.
Karnes dates: February 11-16, 2019; April 1-6, 2019; July 1-6, 2019 (All Monday through Saturday)
Bus Station dates: December 17-21, 2018; February 11-15, 2019; April 8-12, 2019; June 3-7, 2019; July 29 – August 2, 2019
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Transgender Law Center
The Transgender Law Center’s Trans Immigrant Defense Effort (TIDE) recruits and trains pro bono attorneys to meet the urgent need for legal services for transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) immigrants.
Location: Multiple Locations – U.S.
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Know Before You Go!
- Volunteers must be at least 18 years old to participate
- UUCSJ requires that all volunteers have or will have health insurance that will cover them in the volunteer location
- UUCSJ does not have funding available to assist volunteers when traveling to and from volunteer locations, nor for self-support while at the volunteer site (e.g. internal transportation, food, medical needs)
- For many locations, UUCSJ requires that all volunteers have received a tetanus shot within 9 months of the volunteer opportunity