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:
February 16th 5:30-7:30 pm POSTPONED to March 16th
Most of our current volunteer positions entail on-going interaction with newly arriving refugees. The Executive Order signed on January 27th, closed refugee resettlement for a minimum of 120 days. With no refugees arriving, we are needing to take some time to shift our volunteer programs. As such, the February Volunteer Orientation is postponed until March 16th. This will give us the time we need to provide you with relevant volunteer work and sufficient support from our staff.
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:

Bus Mentor: Bus Mentors assist their refugee partner(s) in learning how to navigate the Metro Transit system by helping them understand their bus routes and discussing basics of riding the bus including how to pay fares, how to use transfers, and proper etiquette when on the bus. Bus Mentors also practice riding the bus to their partner(s) home from MCC Refugee Service’s Intensive Cultural Orientation Workshop in order to reinforce his or her partner(s) understanding of the Metro Transit system and empower them to independently ride the bus.

Intensive Community Orientation Instructor: MCC Refugee Service’s ICO Workshops have been designed to ensure clients receive high-quality training and information to empower them to make well-informed decisions and acquire the knowledge and skills needed to attain self-sufficiency in their new communities.  MCC Refugee Service’s established ICO curriculum covers the topics of Transportation, Safety, Health, Education, Immigration, Financial Literacy, Renter’s Education, Home Orientation and Job Readiness. Volunteers can serve as classroom or in-home instructors.

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.


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