At LFS, we have a variety of ways you can volunteer to help refugees. Whether it be compiling welcome baskets or working closely with refugee families themselves, we offer an array of opportunities suited to your specific preferences. We have five offices in the Rocky Mountain region, each with individual needs.
Our Cultural Mentoring and Exchange program gives you the opportunity to work directly with the refugees we serve. This is a six month commitment in which you will work continuously with a family that has recently arrived into the U.S. During this time you will focus on four key points: Financial Literacy, Employment, Practical Life Skills, and Learning English. You will work on these skills to varying degrees depending on the interests and needs of the family.
The first step to volunteering is attending one of our Refugee 101/Orientation classes. Click here for schedule.
If you are interested in exploring different avenues for supporting and assisting refugees, we offer a variety of ways that you can utilize your time as a volunteer:
On-Call Volunteer: Receive email correspondence about one time, or short-term opportunities to volunteer
Office Volunteer: We always need help around the office. We have opportunities to volunteer with our legal and immigration, case management, employment, and volunteer departments.
Transportation Volunteer: Getting around town can be tough. Volunteer to help refugees learn our bus system, or to drive refugees to appointments.
Refugee Program Internships
An internship at LFS offers the opportunity to gain a deep understanding of refugee resettlement in the area. Interns will work with individuals from diverse cultures who are forging new beginnings in the United States. Challenging, educational and professional work experience will be gained through professional training and real work assignments that will provide valuable insight to the worlds of refugee resettlement and non-profit organizations. At times, interns will work closely with staff members, and other times independently, managing a workload comparable to LFS staff with the goal of helping advance the mission of LFS. Internships are integrated into the operations at LFS to help build the capacity of the organization while utilizing the diverse skill and talent of the interns. We greatly value the time commitment of each intern. Click here for a list of internship opportunities.
Our In-Home Tutoring program matches volunteers in a one-on-one relationship with a high school aged refugee youth. This is a unique opportunity to work one-on-one with refugee youth who may be struggling academically due to previous limited schooling or gaps in education. Challenges range from basic literacy to subject competency, so the assistance you provide may vary based on need, yet is undeniably instrumental in their overall success in school. The minimum time commitment for this program is one hour/week for the duration of the semester. Experience working with youth or in education preferred, but not required.
When a family arrives to the United States through our agency, we provide them with an Apartment Bin filled with miscellaneous items that the federal government considers essential items that every arrival must have. When we are able to provide donated Apartment Bins to families, we can save them an average of $50. They are then able to put that money towards rent or food. What seems like a small amount makes a huge difference as a family begins their journey towards financial stability and self-sufficiency.
We also collect Baby Baskets, Welcome Baskets, and Hygiene Baskets. These items while not required, can make a huge difference in the lives of our newly arrived neighbors. Putting together a Bin or Basket can be a great team or group activity!
We always need help with fundraising and other financial assistance. If you cannot donate your time, but still want to participate in assisting refugees in the community, consider the following opportunities ways contribute:
Co-Sponsorship: Help ease the tough cost of living by contributing $1,000 towards first month’s rent for a refugee family.
Fundraising: We can always use help raising funds to help refugee families.
Gift Cards: One awesome and simple way to help refugees, while giving them some choice in what they get, is to collect gift cards! For donation and basket/bin information please click here.