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How to Help

Volunteer or Mentor

How can you get involved with welcoming new refugees, unaccompanied children, and asylum-seekers? First of all, thank you for your willingness to donate your time and talent. Because of you, Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSSNCA) can welcome new neighbors every day, and together, we’re creating an inclusive community of well-being where people thrive.

We have volunteer opportunities across our programs, ranging from a one-day event to ongoing support and potential to build relationships with program participants.

Sign-up via Volunteer Hub to learn about all of our opportunities!

Current Greatest Volunteer Needs
  • Refugee Family Mentor (Maryland, Virginia): Volunteers spend time with refugee families helping them acclimate to their new homes. Activities vary but tend to focus on being a trusted friend, answering questions about the community, English language practice, searching for jobs and sometimes going on outings. This requires a 6-month commitment. While it’s not required volunteers have their own vehicle, the location of our clients’ homes make public transportation difficult. (Time commitment: 10 hours per month for 6 months)
  • Translator/Interpreter (Maryland, Virginia, Hybrid Opportunities): Volunteers who are proficient in languages other than English, including Dari, Pashto, Ukrainian, Spanish, Creole, and Swahili, act as interpreters at events, translating documents or working with case managers to ensure communication is clear and fluid. (Time commitment: Flexible)
  • Volunteer Driver (Maryland, Virginia): Volunteers drive program participants to appointments as well as to school meetings, grocery shopping, etc., especially in the first few months of resettlement. There is also an option to be an "on call" driver who receives a few days’ notice. Volunteers must pass a background check and driving record background check. (Time commitment: Flexible)

If you have any questions, please email: engagement@lssnca.org.

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