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Cause - Immigrant & Refugee Services

"I know what it's like when you are a refugee, living on the mercy of others and having to adjust." -Martti Ahtisaari

 

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Child Advocates for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights are seeking volunteers to become Child Advocates. Child Advocates are federally appointed volunteers who serve unaccompanied immigrant children in U.S. custody. Young Center staff and volunteers work together to advocate for the best interests of the child—assessing what they want, what is safe for them, and other factors—to determine what can ultimately be recommended to an immigration judge or other stakeholder. Volunteers are appointed to one child at a time and make weekly visits to that child in their detention facility. (Due to COVID-19, these visits will take place through online video conferencing.) Child Advocates are a unique and powerful support system for these children who may otherwise be alone. Volunteer requirements: Must be over 21 years old Must be bilingual; Spanish strongly preferred, though other language abilities are needed Must be able to clear a federal criminal background check Must be able to clear child abuse/neglect registry checks for every state of residence in the past 5 years Must provide proof of a negative tuberculosis test within the past 12 months to enter a detention facility (because all visits have been moved online, this requirement has been waived until further notice) Must attend a two-day training (currently online) Must be able to travel to at least one of the facilities served by the Young Center, located in Westchester, Yonkers, Long Island, the Bronx, Harlem, and Manhattan. Priority will be given to Westchester and Long Island availability Training dates occur three times per year. Volunteers will be provided a number of pre-recorded presentations to watch the week of the training. During the four-hour sessions, volunteers will review the presentations and present new information.

Yonkers, NY

Through 9/24/21

Food Pantry Donations

The United Community Center of Westchester is seeking donations of non-perishable food for its emergency food pantry. Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. #remotevolunteer #donatefood

New Rochelle, NY

Through 4/4/21

Domestic Violence Support Volunteer

Provide support to victims of domestic violence, both 1-to-1 and through support group. MSW required. Bilingual (English-Spanish) preferred. Hours of operation are M-F 9:30am-5:30pm. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to luci@uccenter.org.

New Rochelle, NY

Through 4/4/21

Love Your Neighbor COVID-19 Drive: Personal Care Items for Refugees and Asylees

Among the many Americans who are suffering during the pandemic are our new neighbors—refugees and asylees. These vulnerable families often don't have much left after paying rent and utilities, and many have been forced to forgo essentials and personal care products. Hearts & Homes for Refugees is partnering with Catholic Charities Community Service to distribute these essential items to our refugee and immigrant neighbors as part of its 💘 Love Your Neighbor Drive running now through Valentine's Day. (Click here for more information about this drive.) Volunteers are needed to collect any or all of the following items (MUST be new and full-size): Toothpaste and toothbrushes Soap Feminine products (pads and tampons) Shampoo and conditioner Disposable razors and shaving cream Laundry detergent Hand sanitizers (medium containers only; NOT tiny portables or gallon jugs) Disinfectants (sprays/aerosols, both for surface and air use) To volunteer: Express interest below to alert this project's Volunteer Coordinator of your interest and to record this activity in your Volunteer New York! profile Collect personal care items from the list above from now until February 14. The Volunteer Coordinator will follow up with instructions for dropping off your donations to a location in Yonkers the week of February 15

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 2/14/21

Refugee Supporters and Advocates

Hearts and Homes for Refugees offers many ways to get involved, both in person and off-site/remotely. These include hosting a winter drive, writing postcards to elected officials, providing direct support to refugees, and much more! Please review the many Ways to Get Involved and then express interest below to receive more information and to get started.

Through 4/12/21