VOLUNTEER: A city with love for the displaced

The Refugee & Asylee Programs’ goal is to help refugees be resettled into a secure, stable environment on their way to self-sufficiency.  We cannot do our jobs without the support of volunteers.  A volunteer’s role is to support the staff and help them achieve this mission. Volunteer opportunities are available in Colorado Springs, Greeley and Denver.   

Together, we focus on key objectives, such as meeting basic needs, improving English ability, helping refugees gain and maintain employment, gain practical, social and cultural life skills, as well as teaching financial literacy. 

Opportunities:

Cultural Mentoring

Being a cultural mentor is not easy, but it is very rewarding.  Cultural mentors are a personal guide to a culture that is new and often strange.  Most importantly, mentors are trustworthy and loving friends. 

Click here to read, 'A Cultural Mentor's Reflections'

Cultural Mentor Teams
  • 4 to 10 volunteers come together and mentor newly arrived refugee family.  
  • 6 month commitment, about 16 hours every month per team.
  • The Denver Rescue Mission donates rent assistance and offers an incentive program for families with mentor teams, up to $800.

Denver Debut Delegates (3D), One-on-One Mentoring 

  • 1-2 volunteers mentor a newly arrived single refugee or refugee couple.
  • 1-2 hours per week per person
  • Many of our clients are single, male refugees, so the demand for male mentors is growing.  This opportunity is great for men’s groups, sports teams, or male students.  

Welcome Kits

Help welcome refugees to their first home! Collect items from your congregation, friends, neighbors, customers or employees. Businesses can also donate out of surplus inventory. We accept new and many gently used items.  

Spring Cleaning:
Mops, brooms, cleaning solutions, buckets, dish soap, laundry detergent, toilet brushes, trash bags, and vacuum cleaners

Kitchen: 
Pots & pans, cooking utensils, dishes, glasses, mixing bowls, cutlery, silverware, can openers, wooden spoons, spatulas, kitchen furniture

Bedroom: 
Twin & queen sheet sets, blankets, NEW pillows, dressers, bed frames, NEW mattresses, NEW child mattresses, alarm clocks

Bathroom: 
Towels, shower curtains/hooks, and NEW toilet paper, bar soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, feminine products, waste baskets

Gear Up For Winter: 
Blankets, gloves, scarves, hats, jackets, and more

Group Opportunities

Help with special events, shop to equip a refugee’s first home, tutor youth, help in the office, and much more!   One-day opportunities unite your group for a common purpose while making a difference. Opportunities can range from 2-8 hours. 

Want to Volunteer?

Contact the Refugee & Asylee Programs Volunteer & Church Relations Coordinator Christy Wimber; you will be sent all the information you need to get started. 

Check out the LFS Care Guide  for a complete list of volunteering opportunities and volunteering resources.

Requirements: 
Volunteers must complete a volunteer application, background check, and attend a volunteer orientation.
 

Interested in Interning with the Refugee & Asylee Programs?

An internship at LFS offers the opportunity of gaining a deeper understanding of refugee resettlement in the Rocky Mountain region. Interns work with refugees who are forging new beginnings in the United States. At times, interns work closely with staff members, other times independently, managing a workload comparable to LFS staff with the goal of helping advance the mission of LFS. Internships are integrated into the operations at LFS to help build the capacity of the organization while utilizing the diverse skills and talents of interns. Professional training and real work assignments provide educational and workplace experience. Internships at LFS also provide valuable insight to the worlds of refugee resettlement and non-profit organizations. We greatly value the time commitment of each intern. 

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