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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Two RAICES volunteers share their stories on volunteering at the Karnes Detention Center near San Antonio, Texas
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
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
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
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)
[NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING VOLUNTEERS] 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: If there is a need for volunteers, Annunciation House will accept volunteers who can serve a minimum of two weeks beginning in August/ September 2019.
Location: El Paso, Texas
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
RAICES is looking for fluent Spanish-speaking volunteers to travel to San Antonio to support asylum seekers either in the nearby Karnes detention facility or after they’re released and dropped off at a local bus station.
Bus Station dates: July 29 – August 2, 2019
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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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.
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