Resettling refugees in the Capital Region involves the dedication and generosity of many people and organizations. Community members collaborate with USCRI Albany in countless ways to help refugee families rebuild their lives in the Capital Region. What skills or resources can you offer as a volunteer, donor, or community partner? Learn more below about how to join your neighbors, local businesses, and other organizations to support local refugees.
USCRI Albany’s wonderful volunteers find themselves performing fulfilling activities when they devote their time to our clients and mission. By giving of yourself, you will not only help a family to make a smooth transition into their new home, but you will also make them feel welcome—even if you don’t speak the same language! As a volunteer, you play an integral part in the refugee resettlement process. Whether you can commit to ten hours per week or ten hours per year, you will make a real difference in the lives of local refugees!
Internships are also available, with a minimum commitment of 12 hours per week for at least 3 months (generally a semester or summer); school credit can be arranged. See current internships positions and learn how to apply on our Internship page. You can also look at our Idealist.org page for current openings.
Community groups, businesses, local government, faith-based centers, student clubs, and other providers help to build a welcoming community for refugees in the Capital Region every day. Support ranges from special projects and events, to collaborative programming, to additional services offered to meet refugees' needs. By understanding the scope of USCRI’s role as a refugee resettlement organization and coordinating to prevent duplicated services, USCRI Albany and service providers in the community can focus on their strengths to maximize their impact.
USCRI Albany invites local businesses and organizations to learn more about refugee resettlement and get involved in the following ways:
USCRI Albany is pleased to acknowledge our partners and highlight their contributions to local refugees through social and traditional media outlets, print publications, and other avenues. To explore ways your organization or business can welcome new community members, contact (518) 459-1790.
Your in-kind donations help refugees to start their new lives with all of the essentials. USCRI Albany depends on contributions of new and gently used furniture, linens, and house wares to furnish and equip refugees’ first homes in the United States.
See our Accepted Donations Page for a complete list of accepted items, or check out our high priority list below. As a nonprofit, donations to USCRI Albany are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. You can complete the Donation Record Form in advance of dropping off your donations or fill out the form on-site. Donations are generally accepted Monday-Thursday, 10am-3pm, at our Albany office. If you have a larger item to drop off, please contact us in advance to make arrangements. We can sometimes arrange to pick up high priority items in or very near the city of Albany.
High Priority Donated Items Include:
We cannot accept: Sectional or sleeper sofas, clothing (except for winter outerwear), televisions, or non-essential items. Please do not donate items in need of repair or in poor condition. We do not have a drop-off box, so items can only be received during regular office hours.
Organize a donation drive:
Local groups ranging from scout troops to state government offices, faith-based groups, and college clubs have organized donation drives to support refugee families.
USCRI Albany puts your contributions to work here in the Capital Region. Your generous donation to USCRI Albany will enable us to continue to meet refugees at the airport, find and furnish their apartments, enroll their children in school, and fulfill other essential services to newcomers. Your gift will allow USCRI Albany to help refugees obtain employment that makes them self-sufficient, contributing members of our community. Your kindness will ensure that those fleeing countries like Iraq, Burma, and Bhutan have the same opportunities that many of our ancestors were fortunate enough to find when they arrived on these shores.
Ways to donate:
USCRI is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. All donations to USCRI are tax-deductible. USCRI is an accredited charity with the Better Business Bureau, GuideStar, and complies with the self-certification guidelines of InterAction. USCRI's Federal Employee Identification Number (EIN) is 13-1878704.