Volunteer

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.
Upcoming orientations dates are Wednesdays:
Nov. 12th, Dec. 17th & Jan. 14th from 5pm- 6pm at MCC.
MCC is located @ 122 Franklin Ave. W., Minneapolis, 55404
3. Interview with the Volunteer Coordinator
and complete background records check.
4. Be placed in a volunteer position!

Volunteer Positions (click on the title of each description for more detail):
                Befriender, Job Readiness Mentor
                Resettlement Assistant 
                Taking Root
                Intern

Befriender: Befriend a new refugee through weekly meetings over a four month period.  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.

Job Readiness Mentor: Support a refugee as they search for their first job in the United States through weekly meetings over a six to eight week period.  You will work closely with their employment counselor at MCC Refugee Services as your mentee takes an important step towards economic self-sufficiency!

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.

Taking Root:Taking Root is an exciting opportunity to develop a relationship with a new refugee family from the moment they arrive. As a part of a team of volunteers you’ll play an integral role in providing social, transportation and language support during the family’s first four months in the United States. We’ve learned through experience that a diverse team of people committed to coming alongside a family greatly increases their ability to transition to self-sufficiency. We invite you to become a part of this remarkable experience. Watch the CBS documentary on this program’s first year.

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.

Immigration Services Volunteer:We engage Immigration Services volunteers on an as-needed basis. 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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