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. If you would like to receive updates about our urgent volunteering and donation needs in the New York City area during this public health emergency, please fill out our volunteering application here and check “yes” to receive our volunteer newsletter.
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 our clients reside throughout the five boroughs of New York City -- a volunteer’s willingness to travel will greatly help to meet the needs of our clients
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