The COVID-19 outbreak has been scary and disruptive. Yet even as we focus on keeping up with the news and making changes to our daily lives, the world’s refugees and asylum seekers still deserve our attention and support. All of our volunteer programs are currently fully remote, and some, which required in-person activities, have been temporarily paused. The volunteer roles you see below are those which are currently active, and for which we on-board quarterly. Please sign up for the next informational session by completing the application below.
In New York City, HIAS resettles newly arrived refugees, provides legal support for asylum seekers, and engages volunteers to extend the reach of our current services. We are dedicated to cultivating volunteerism by providing the opportunity for volunteers to share their specialized skills and further our mission to improve the lives of refugees and asylum seekers.
What to know before you volunteer:
Volunteers must be 18+
Experience with or knowledge of a foreign language is not required for all opportunities
Volunteer time commitment will vary depending on volunteer opportunity
Each volunteer’s schedule and meeting location is unique
Please note that currently all volunteer programs are completely virtual — all HIAS volunteers will need to be able to use Zoom, WhatsApp, or Skype, and have a webcam or video call capabilities
We require a background check for all volunteers working directly with HIAS clients. This includes a fee which differs based on where you have lived.
HIAS Volunteers are:
Interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the complex lives of refugees and asylum seekers in NYC
Committed to assisting refugees and asylum seekers to become integrated and self-sufficient in their new communities
Patient, resourceful, flexible, culturally sensitive, and empathetic
From a wide range of professional and educational backgrounds