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.

Upcoming orientation dates are:  July 7th 5:30-7:30pm; August 11th 5:30-7:30pm
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 (click on the title of each description for more detail):
                Resettlement Assistant 

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 and monthly volunteer meetings 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.

Resettlement Assistant: When refugees arrive in the Twin Cities they must learn to navigate many new systems. Volunteers like you play an integral role in helping families adjust to life in Minnesota. Help out with a variety of tasks that fit your schedule such as providing transportation to important appointments, learning how to ride the bus, moving furniture and more. You’ll have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world while helping refugees transition to self-sufficiency.

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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