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 orientation dates are: February 25, (no orientation in March), April 21, and May 19 from 5-7 pm.
MCC is located at 122 Franklin Ave. W., Minneapolis, 55404
3. Interview with the Volunteer Coordinator
and complete background records check.
4. 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 
                Taking Root
                Donations Room

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.

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.

Donations Room Volunteer: We work with those that are organizationally enthusiastic.  For those that do not mind supporting Refugee families from behind-the-scenes, volunteers help provide house packs for each family.  This vital service allows us to more effectively process gifts from the community at an even pace.

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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