Volunteer

The United States has always been a beacon of hope for those who are persecuted and oppressed. We honor that legacy by helping refugees rebuild their lives and thrive in their new communities. You can ensure that our nation is stronger, kinder and more vibrant when you support Refugees Northwest.

Interested in a DIY food drive for refugees?  Read here to learn about a group of volunteers that came together to support hungry neighbors. Or read about middle school students who were inspired to collect hygiene items to support refugee families and let them know they are not alone in their journey.

For more ways that YOU can help Refugees Northwest, please consider the opportunities listed below.

SUCCESSFUL FUTURES PROGRAM
Youth Program Support Volunteer
Learn about new cultures and gain youth programming experience as a Youth Program Support Volunteer! Work with lead teacher to provide individualized and small group support to students with low English levels, assist with facilitating group activities and empower students to feel confident in themselves. Must be willing to attend one session per week during the school year at our SeaTac office. Training provided. For more information, please contact Amy Wagner at alloydwagner@lcsnw.org.

FOSTER CARE
Foster Parents
Foster families welcome refugee teens who have been forced to flee their home countries and are in need of loving adults to care for them in the Pacific Northwest. Families help teens in their care to heal, grow, and reach their goals–graduating from high school, beginning college, vocational school or work, and finding a sense of home in their new community. Must reside in King or Snohomish County, be at least 21-years old, and complete the foster care licensing process. For more information, please call 206-694-5780 or email refugeesnwfostercare@lcsnw.org.

NORTHWEST HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Volunteer Asylum Evaluators
Volunteer Asylum Evaluators are licensed mental health professionals and licensed healthcare providers who volunteer their time and expertise to conduct independent evaluations of individuals who are seeking asylum. Volunteer evaluators help assess and document the physical and psychological symptoms or consequences applicants may have arising from the experiences which caused them to leave their homeland. These evaluations play a critical role in helping individuals who are fleeing persecution and torture find safety and healing as they endeavor to rebuild their lives. Volunteer evaluators must be ARNPs, MDs, LICSWs, or LICMHPs with current and active licenses. Volunteers must complete the application process (including a background and reference checks) and attend an initial training session. For more information, please contact George Miller at egmiller@lcsnw.org or 206-816-3251.

REFUGEE AND ASYLUM SERVICES 
Administrative Support
We are seeking filing support for our Administrative offices in SeaTac. We ask for four hours per week for six months. For more information, please contact Olga Scoropad at oscoropad@lcsnw.org.
Basic Needs Drives
Run a campaign to collect basic needs for refugees and asylum seekers. Clothing gift cards, emergency food bags, food gift cards, and hygiene items are always needed. For more information, please contact George Miller at egmiller@lcsnw.org.
Connection Desk
We are seeking bilingual volunteers for our Connection Desk in SeaTac which provides in-depth resource and referral assistance. This is a one day per week, one year commitment. Training is provided. For more information, please contact Amy Wagner at alloydwagner@lcsnw.org.
Family Resource Support
We need assistance in our SeaTac office to answer phones and to help walk-in clients with resource and referral. We ask for 4 hours per week with a six month commitment. For more information, please contact Amy Wagner at alloydwagner@lcsnw.org.
Refugee Youth Tutors
Help a refugee youth with their homework and educational studies. May be paired with a youth anywhere from Tacoma to Everett, Commitment is 1-2 hours per week for a year. Must be at least 21 years old. For more information, please contact May Saetern at msaetern@lcsnw.org.
Volunteer Asylum Navigators
Our asylum seekers and recently granted asylees need assistance connecting with services and programs (job search, ESL classes, food banks, etc.). We ask for a one day a week commitment for one year. Half-day training provided. For more information, please contact Nichole Lundin at nlundin@lcsnw.org.