USCRI: U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

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Community Connections

Volunteer to Help Refugees in Our Community

Resettling refugees into our community involves the dedication and generosity of many people.  USCRI NC’s volunteers find themselves performing fulfilling tasks when they devote their time to our clients and our mission.  By giving of yourself, you will not only help a family to make a smooth transition into their new home, but you will make them feel welcome—even if you don’t speak the same language!  Whether you commit ten hours per week or ten hours per year, you will make a real difference in refugees’ lives.

We have a variety of volunteer opportunities depending on your interests, skills, and availability.  Volunteers can get involved in direct service (teaching refugees daily tasks such as phone skills, public transportation navigation, paying bills, interviewing for jobs), administrative support (assisting USCRI NC's office staff), and so much more!

Help Establish a Refugee (HEAR) sessions are held onsite at USCRI NC, 5 West Hargett Street Suite 202 Raleigh, NC 27601.  For more information or to schedule a HEAR session offsite with your community group, please contact USCRI NC by email at or call (919) 334-0072.

In-kind Donations

Your in-kind donations help refugees to start their new lives on the right foot.  In-kind donations furnish newly-arrived refugees’ homes and ensure that refugee children have the necessary school supplies.  Download our List of Accepted Goods to see the items that we are able to accept.  Don’t underestimate your ability to make an impact in your community!  A few of the many ways you can help include:

  • Donating household items, such as furniture or appliances
  • Providing bus passes to help refugees get to work, ESL classes, the grocery store, etc.
  • Contributing materials for after-school programs
  • Furnishing rent and utilities for a refugee for one month 
  • Providing computer assistance to our office or to a refugee

Please contact Chin Khamh at (919) 334-0072, ext. 4012 or to discuss in-kind donations!  We have limited storage space, so please call before dropping off donations at our office.

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Welcome Home Project

The Welcome Home Project is an opportunity for community members and groups to welcome newly-arrived refugees to their new home.  Volunteers secure furniture and household goods and then set up a home for newly arriving refugees.  From the moment the family arrives in the U.S., their new home is ready and waiting for them!  Since 2008, groups in the Triangle area have shared this experience as a way to make a positive impact in the community and in the lives of newly-arrived refugees.  You can download our Welcome Home Project Toolkit or contact Feven Fessehaye at (919) 334-0072, ext. 4005 or for more information!

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