Current Volunteer Opportunities
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
Join the Volunteer Team
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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Click here to volunteer with Annunciation House
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. Asylum seekers being released now have no “post-release plan” the way they used to – they are being dumped at the bus stations without tickets, some not knowing where they are or even having anywhere to go. We are only scheduling volunteers up to about two months in advance, due to the unpredictability of how refugee numbers will be in the upcoming months, and ask volunteers to remain extremely flexible as plans can change very quickly.
- Skills needed: Only Spanish-speaking volunteers (intermediate level and higher) are needed at this time. Volunteers should also have experience working with underserved, vulnerable, and/ or marginalized populations, and be extremely flexible working within a constantly shifting environment. Volunteers must also pass a mandatory background check.
- Time Commitment – Volunteers must stay a minimum of two weeks, in order to make a lasting contribution to the work of the organization. Longer volunteer placements of 2 weeks or more are preferred. Volunteers should plan to arrive in El Paso on Saturdays and begin volunteering on Sunday.
- Housing and Transportation – Free dorm-style housing is available for volunteers at one of their hospitality sites. Volunteers are required to cover the full cost of their travel to and from El Paso, as well as any local accommodation and travel. Volunteers are welcome to join breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily at the hospitality sites.
Please carefully read through the Frequently Asked Questions before submitting an application. Volunteers must be ready to jump into the work following a brief training, and recognize that while you will always be part of a team, there is not capacity for individualized support for volunteers, and you will be expected to take initiative.
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FM4 Paso Libre
Click here to volunteer with 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. Activists, academics, students, professionals, religious people, fathers and mothers, form FM4 Paso Libre’s large team. They contribute with their experience and their work so that the journey of migrants and refugees is more dignified and just. Their main activities consist of: humanitarian aid, legal and comprehensive support, advocacy, research, and community work.
FM4 Paso Libre is looking for volunteers who share their values of solidarity, dignity, respect, justice, commitment, interculturality, and human rights – and are enthusiastic about spending time in Guadalajara to support their work.
- Volunteer Skills Needed – No specific skills are needed; however, volunteers must have an intermediate level or higher level of Spanish
- Time Commitment – Minimum of one month of service
- Housing and Transportation – Volunteers are housed at the shelter (gendered floors) where the majority of work is performed. Any transportation outside of the shelter and organizational area is the responsibility of the volunteer. There is a strict evening curfew at the shelter to keep all tenants safe.
Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights [GLAHR]
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GLAHR is a grassroots organization founded in 2001 to educate, organize, and empower Latinos in Georgia to defend and advance their civil and human rights. The organization has 19 chapters throughout the state that work to increase community participation, in low income and undocumented communities, in the fight for human rights. In order to advance social justice, GLAHR believes in fostering meaningful collaboration between local leaders and community organizations.
Volunteers must have a passion for migrant justice and basic knowledge of social, economic, and political issues facing immigrant and undocumented communities in the state of Georgia.
- Volunteer Skills Needed – Website design, Grant writing, Volunteer doesn’t have to be bilingual English/Spanish, but can be helpful
- Time Commitment – Minimum of 20 hours of service
- Housing and Transportation – Not provided
The Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC)
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The Muslim Anti-Racist Collaborative (MuslimARC), founded in 2014, is a faith-based human rights education organization that has provided comprehensive resources on racial justice, as well as led racial justice trainings to over 12,000 people, plus millions more through online networks. 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. The organization works with Muslim and allied communities, as well as with interfaith and multiracial coalitions, to build capacity around the intersections of systemic racism and Islamophobia.
MuslimARC is looking for volunteers of all faiths (or none at all) who share their values of diversity, inclusion, and racial equity. Specific roles may focus on research and curriculum development for MuslimARC’s education and training services.
- Volunteer Skills Needed – Training will be provided to all volunteers. No specific skills are needed; however, experience with anti-racism work would be helpful.
- Time Commitment – Minimum of 10-15 hours of service
- Housing and Transportation – Volunteers are able to work in areas where MuslimARC staff are located: Detroit and Southern California. The is also the option for volunteers to be virtual. Housing and transportation are not provided.
RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services) provides free and low-cost education to underserved immigrant families, children, and refugees in Central and South Texas. Many of these families are fleeing violence from their home countries in Central America.