Solidarity with the Central American Exodus
Support Refugees in Mexico and the U.S./ Mexico Border
Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas
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.
UPDATE (1/8/2019): With the recent decline in the number of refugees arriving at Annunciation House, they are temporarily pausing volunteer registration. If you would like to be notified when Annunciation House opens registration for volunteers, please visit Annunciation House Volunteer List.
FM4 Paso Libre in Guadalajara, Mexico
FM4 Paso Libre is a non-profit organization that defends and promotes the human rights of migrants and refugees in the west part of Mexico, through short-term shelter, comprehensive support (such as legal aid and medical screening), advocacy, and research. Volunteers from Guadalajara as well as from countries beyond Mexico support the staff, contributing their experience and skills so that the journey of migrants and refugees is more dignified and just. General volunteers are needed for a month or more at a time; specialist volunteers such as doctors, nurses, and immigration lawyers can volunteer for as little as a week at a time.
We cannot overemphasize the urgency of this moment...
If you have ever felt called to this work and thought, “When the moment comes that I’m really needed, I’ll go,” now is that time. Volunteers are needed most as soon as possible, and will continue to be needed in the coming months.
Volunteer Work, Skills Needed, and Logistics
Annunciation House Volunteers
UPDATE (1/8/2019): With the recent decline in the number of refugees arriving at Annunciation House, they are temporarily pausing volunteer registration. Click the button above to sign up to be notified when Annunciation House is open to receiving applications from prospective volunteers.
FM4 Paso Libre Volunteers
FM4 Paso Libre is in need of volunteers to stay in their Care Center and support migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers with basic care (meals, clothing, health care), legal guidance, and other forms of meaningful service and deep solidarity.
Skills needed: Volunteers must have an intermediate level or higher level of Spanish, and posses values of solidarity, dignity, respect, justice, commitment, interculturality, and human rights.
Volunteers do not need to be UU or affiliated with a UU Congregation to participate in this volunteer opportunity.
FM4 Paso Libre: Volunteer Dates
All volunteers must stay a minimum of one month. Longer volunteer placements are preferred.
The start dates are: January 2019, May 2019, and August 2019.
FM4 Paso Libre: Cost and Logistics
Volunteers are housed at the Care Center in Guadalajara (with gendered floors) where the majority of work is performed. Any transportation outside of the shelter and organization area is the responsibility of the volunteer. There is a strict evening curfew at the shelter to keep all tenants safe. Roundtrip flights to Guadalajara can range from $300 to $600+.