Thank you for your interest in bringing your group to volunteer with Friends of Refugees. Groups will volunteer within our existing programs, most of which operate during the day on Monday-Friday. We have a few evening or weekend opportunities, but not many.
We offer one-day projects for churches, schools, and corporate groups on Tuesdays. These projects can include serving with the Jolly Avenue Garden, Refugee Career Hub, Refugee Family Literacy, an Elementary After-School Program, or other projects we assign. Projects and timing depends on the number of people in your group. We will provide a brief, age-appropriate orientation to educate your group about who refugees are, how refugees come to the U.S., and what we do at Friends of Refugees before your project. Cost is $15 per person plus cost of any materials needed for the project. (Minimum cost: $180. We will host a group of less than 12, but the minimum cost for a one-day experience is $180.) Per-person cost is waived for groups who are financial partners contributing at least $10,000 annually.)
Requirements: One-day project volunteers over the age of 15 must complete a short online contact form and provide an electronic signature acknowledging our liability agreement and approving our media release.
CUSTOMIZED SHORT-TERM EXPERIENCES
We host groups throughout the year for customized education and service project experiences for 2-3 days and/or 4-6 days. We do not provide meals, housing, or transportation. The customized experiences include the following:
- Extensive refugee resettlement orientation
- Unique educational experiences
- Tour of Friends of Refugees programs
- Lunch in an ethnic restaurant in Clarkston
- Service opportunities within several Friends of Refugees programs
- Suggested materials for trip preparation (not required)
- Discussion surrounding our community (faith, family, healthcare, education, occupation, etc.)
- Reflection activity suggestions for debrief sessions
- Friends of Refugees T-shirt for each participant (adult sizes only)
Cost for 2-3 day experience: $60 per person (Minimum cost: $720. We will host a group of less than 12, but the minimum cost for a 2-3 day experience is $720.)
Cost for a 4-7 day experience: $125 per person (Minimum cost: $1250. We will host a group of less than 10, but the minimum cost for a 4-7 day experience is $1250.)
Other Requirements: Individual liability agreement and media release form for every participant
Please fill out the following Group Volunteer Request. The Volunteer Coordinator will contact you with further instructions or questions. Keep in mind that completing this request does not confirm your selection. Your group does not have an appointment until officially scheduled and confirmed by the Volunteer Coordinator. We look forward to helping your group find their fit with Friends of Refugees.