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Volunteer in the DC Area

In response to COVID-19, all of our volunteer opportunities have moved online for the foreseeable future.

HIAS’ global headquarters are located in Silver Spring, MD. HIAS assists over 150 asylum seekers in the Greater Washington, D.C. area with free legal representation. Our volunteers take that work a step further by providing access to support that helps our clients thrive and fully integrate in society.

Long-term volunteer roles:

  • Mentors work one-on-one with HIAS clients, acting as a cultural liaison and providing varied types of support as asylum seekers learn how to navigate healthcare, education, and public transportation systems.

  • English as a New Language Tutors help clients with beginner-level English develop language skills in speaking, reading, and writing.

  • English Language Partners help clients build conversational English skills that allow them to communicate more fluently with their neighbors, employers, and service providers.

Other volunteer roles:

  • Volunteer Interpreters and Translators are regularly needed to assist with remote interpretation and translation needs that support our asylum-seeking clients’ legal case and social integration.

  • Volunteer Letter Writers write monthly correspondence to asylum seekers in immigration detention offering them compassion and solidarity.

Before you apply, please be aware:

  • Volunteers must be 18 or older.

  • Volunteer opportunities are online for the foreseeable future.

  • Volunteers in long-term roles must be willing to give at least two hours per week for a duration of at least 6 months.

  • Volunteers in long-term roles and interpreters and translators must attend the mandatory Volunteer Information Webinar on January 13, 2021 at 6:30 pm. Click here to register.

To express interest in volunteering with one of the above opportunities, click here to create a basic volunteer profile. If you have additional questions, please email our volunteer program coordinator, Eleanor, at eleanor.paasche@hias.org.

Help HIAS Advocate for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

In addition to direct service volunteer opportunities, HIAS relies on volunteers to be advocates for those seeking to rebuild their lives in safety and with dignity. Click here to add yourself to our Greater Washington, D.C. regional email newsletter, which includes information regarding local online events, advocacy alerts, and updates from HIAS Action DC, our 20s and 30s advocacy network.