Individual volunteers are vitally important to the work of welcoming refugees. We value our volunteers highly and strive to make matches that are good for volunteers and the refugees we serve. Volunteers are placed throughout the year as we have need with new arrivals.

For information about how to get involved or to RSVP for an orientation please email rsvolunteers@mnchurches.org.

Or if you are already ready to begin, you can start by submitting a Volunteer Application

Steps to becoming a volunteer with MCC Refugee Services:
1. Submit a Volunteer Application
2. Attend a monthly volunteer orientation at the MCC office, located at 122 Franklin Ave. W., Minneapolis, 55404.

Tentatively scheduled orientation dates are:

December 15th 5:30-7:30 pm
February 16th 5:30-7:30 pm
April 20th, 5:30-7:30 pm
June 15th, 5:30-7:30 pm


Please note that dates are subject to change and an invitation to an orientation is required. Contact the Volunteer and Outreach Specialist at (612) 230-3219 for more information.

3. Be placed in a volunteer position!

Why volunteer with refugees?
We invite you to watch this introductory video to get a sense of what to expect!

Volunteer Positions:

Bridging Shopper
Bus Mentor
Employment Services Intern

Befriender: Befriend a new refugee through weekly meetings over a four month period. Befriender activities will vary depending on the match, and they can include: practice riding the bus, going to the library, practicing English, shopping for groceries, writing job resumes and practicing interview questions.
You will receive regular support through weekly check-ins as you help a new refugee learn about their new community.  You will also learn about your friend’s home country and learn to see your home through different eyes.  Check out the video below!

EMM – Minneapolis Befrienders from Episcopal Migration Ministries on Vimeo.

Bridging Shopper: When refugees arrive in the Twin Cities they need a safe and furnished home. Volunteers like you play an integral role in providing a comfortable home by shopping the Bridging appointments. Bridging, with locations in Roseville and Bloomington, is the largest furniture bank in the country. We shop donated furniture and household items at Bridging to provide an affordable and comfortable household for refugee families. Each appointment takes about 45 minutes and appointments are scheduled on an as-needed basis.

Employment Intern: We hire Employment Interns periodically. To check with us about current needs, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator. Please view the position description for more details.

To learn more, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at rsvolunteers@mnchurches.org or 612.230.3219. To apply online, click here.

Learn about other volunteer opportunities at the Minnesota Council of Churches.

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