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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

Winter Coats and Boots Donation Drive

Hearts and Homes for Refugees is hosting its annual Winter Drive to collect warm coats and snow boots to help keep refugee and asylee families in Westchester and the tri-state area warm this season. Volunteers who have winter coats and boots to donate are asked to bring the items to St. John's Episcopal Church on Saturday, October 3 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Donated items must be in good condition; no other clothing will be accepted at this time. Don't have a coat or pair of boots to contribute? Gift cards to Burlington Coat Factory or Target are also accepted and appreciated! Volunteer donors must wear a mask and practice safe social distancing. To donate: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile On Saturday, October 3 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., bring your (good condition!) winter coats and boots to: St. John's Episcopal Church 4 Fountain Square Larchmont, NY 10538

Larchmont, NY

Through 10/3/20

Winter Drive Delivery Drivers

Hearts and Homes for Refugees is looking for several volunteers with minivans, trucks, or large SUVs to help deliver warm coats and snow boots that were donated as part of its annual Winter Drive. These items will help keep refugee and asylee families in Westchester and the tri-state area warm this season. Volunteer delivery drivers will meet at the donation site (address provided after passed screening) and be assigned a drop-off destination in either Yonkers, Spring Valley, or New Haven (CT). Volunteers must wear a mask and practice safe social distancing. Express interest below!

Larchmont, NY

10/5/20 8:00 AM

Winter Drive Sorting Volunteers

The Westchester Refugee Initiative (WRI) is a network of more than 40 groups in the county that welcome refugees. Two members of the WRI—Hearts and Homes for Refugees and Neighbors for Refugees—are hosting their annual Winter Drive to provide warm coats and snow boots to refugee and asylee families in Westchester and the tri-state area. In 2019, this drive served over 450 refugees. This year, many families are facing extra hardship due to the pandemic, and help is needed more than ever. Volunteers are needed to help receive, sort, and pack winter coats and boots that are donated to the winter drive. Each shift is about two hours and will be limited to eight volunteers each to ensure proper social distancing. Volunteers must wear a mask and practice safe social distancing. Express interest in any or all shifts below!

Larchmont, NY

10/3/20 9:00 AM + more

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

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