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Volunteer Opportunities

Center for Refugee Support

Call 505-724-4698 / 4668 /

1. Parent Engagement Groups

Purpose: These monthly meetings aim to encourage refugee parents to be more involved in their children’s education,
advocate for their children, have a voice with APS, and learn about resources available to them.

When: The events are 9/7, 10/5, and 11/2 from 11:30am-1:30pm, and 12/14 from 4pm-7pm. We ask volunteers to be
there an hour before the event starts for set up and stay an hour after it ends for clean up.

Location: City Presbyterian Church, 210 Truman St NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108

Volunteer Requirements:

 Driver’s License, Background Check and able to commit to attending the 4 meetings this fall

Volunteer Roles:

 Set up—one hour before the event starts

 Help sign in clients
 Help take notes for the speakers
 Help coordinate food, snacks, water, and gifts
 Provide transportation home for clients (Not required)
 Clean up—one hour after event ends

2. Team Refugee

Purpose: This opportunity matches a group of 3-5 adult volunteers with a refugee family for 6-9 months. As a team,
volunteers help support the families in a variety of ways. This includes ESL practice, job searching and support, student
advocacy, referrals for green cards/citizenship/housing, etc.

When: As needed, as determined by the family and volunteer

Volunteer Requirements:

 Driver’s License
 Background check with Catholic Charities
 Team must attend training together
 Able to commit to volunteering 6-9months
Volunteer Opportunities
Center for Refugee Support

Call 505-724-4698 / 4668 /

3. One-on-One Tutoring

Purpose: This opportunity aims to help refugee students with homework so that they can do better in school and to help
them adopt/adjust to American culture. This is similar to Big Brother, Big Sister programs.

When: Once per week for at least one hour for 6 months

Location: Location determined by student, usually at the student’s home

Volunteer Requirements:

 Driver’s License, Background Check with Catholic Charities and able to meet with your student once per week
for 6 months

Volunteer Roles:

 Provide one-on-one tutoring for at least one class subject according to student needs
 Teach students more about U.S. culture and customs
 Be a reliable and responsible mentor

4. After School Program

Purpose: This program aims to help students improve their English skills, as well as, perform better in school. We cater
to all English-second-language students. Our goal is to meet students where they are and help them better understand
class materials. Volunteers will meet to develop the program for each school according to the needs.

Van Buren Middle School – meet every Thursday 3-5pm. Starts September 5th

Sandia High School – meet every Wednesday 2:30-4:30pm. Starts September 4th

Volunteer Requirements:

 Driver’s license and background check with APS and with Catholic Charities
 Able to commit to volunteering once or twice per week, for 2-3hrs each time, during the full school semester
 Preferentially a retired teacher, professor, or other professional (If you are not one of these, that is okay.)

Volunteer Roles:

 Help to develop a curriculum to help students learn English quickly

 Teach a variety of class materials and help students with homework
 If possible, donate one item for the students’ birthdays (gift, cake, ice cream, cupcakes, etc.)
 Help plan an end-of-semester party