Moving Forward Together

Support Refugee & Immigrant Families

Volunteers are the Heart of JFS

Volunteer WITH SDRRN
MIGRANT SHELTER SERVICES
OPERATED BY JFS

We have not stopped providing shelter services since the pandemic began although we have had to offer services very differently. Since the onset of COVID-19, shelter guests have been staying in hotel rooms (non-congregate setting), where our guests receive all the same services (food, transportation, health services, case management, legal) that they did in the congregate shelter. The SDRRN and JFS have been preparing for the increase of asylum-seeking families to the Southern California Region due to potential changes in immigration policy due to the federal and other administration changes.

Volunteers are the heart of our work—and we need your help. Please see below for current opportunities.

Airport/Greyhound Guide

Help guests navigate the ins and outs of transportation by serving as a guide! Guides are responsible for helping print boarding tickets and walking Shelter guests through the airport TSA (or greyhound station) and to their boarding gate. Positions available 7 days a week! Shifts available from 3:00am-9:00pm.

 

Operations Volunteer

Our Migrant Shelter operations volunteers help on-site with packing and delivering snacks, handing out food and beverages to guests, sanitizing Shelter surfaces, and responding to other Shelter needs as they arise. We have 3-hour shifts available throughout the day/ night (including overnight).

 

On-Call Medical Advocate

As an advocate, you will accompany guests to the hospital or a medical appointment to ensure they are being treated with respect and dignity and report back about follow-up appointments with Shelter staff. Medical advocates sign up for on-call shifts and will be notified if a need arises. Driver clearance required for this role.

 

Children’s Play-Pal

Please join our team as a Children’s Play Pal volunteer! We have two shifts available per day for volunteers to foster healthy interactions and play with children at our Travel Center. (Note: additional training is required for this opportunity – please reach out for more information.)

Refugee Resettlement Volunteers

Community Co-Sponsorship

In partnership with HIAS, JFS matches a specific refugee family with organized groups of approximately 20 committed volunteers to support their reception and placement services for up to one year, including housing, transportation, health, culturally adjustment, schooling, jobs and finance. Learn more about how you can form or join a congregational group on the flip side of this flyer.

 

Refugee Resettlement Friendly Match

Conduct weekly in-home visits with a refugee family, perform community orientation activities and act as a friendly support; introduce refugees to local institutions such as supermarkets, parks, recreational facilities, transportation systems, libraries, government offices, schools, and more; provide supplemental English language instruction; coordinate educational activities or recreational outings; and occasionally take families to appointments.

 

Refugee Resettlement Case Aides and Resource Navigators

Empower refugee families with knowledge, community and support to gain self-sufficiency. Connect families to resources to gain experience in navigating US systems.

TRANSLATE OR INTERPRET FOR A FAMILY

Volunteer Translator

Translate documents from a second language to English or vice versa; attend meetings between clients and department staff while acting as an interpreter; and if possible, transport clients to outside appointments and act as a linguistic liaison/interpreter.

  • Minimum commitment of 2-3 hours per week for 4 months
  • On-Call Position, as needed basis
  • Fluent understanding of written English and a second language is required
  • Must be 13 or older

MENTOR A REFUGEE FAMILY

Friendly Match Volunteer

Mentor a newly arrived refugee family by providing companionship and general acculturation support as they adapt to life in the U.S.. Bridge the gap between newcomers and host communities by connecting families to community resources and opportunities while providing much-needed “in-the-field” and supplemental assistance to case managers; together, we work to promote and establish their self-sufficiency.

  • Minimum commitment of 5-10 hours a week over a 4-month period
  • Scheduling is coordinated between the volunteer and refugee family.
  • Must complete background check and possess own vehicle
  • Must be 18 or older, if under 18 must be accompanied by an adult

OFFER ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT

Case Aides, Interns, Program Assistants

Help us serve every immigrant efficiently and professionally, by aiding in office and administrative duties, this volunteer will increase the efficiency of casework completion and assist in efforts to document service provision, contributing to the team as we continue to support immigrant families in a valuable way.

  • Minimum commitment of 5-10 hours per week for 3 months
  • Scheduling is coordinated between the volunteer and staff
  • Must be 18 or older