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Refugee Volunteering

Volunteer with the Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas Refugee & Immigration team!

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Join us as we help refugees and immigrants rebuild their lives with hope and dignity.

Thank you for helping to make northeast Kansas a welcoming, supportive home for refugee families! We have volunteer opportunities for individuals, families with children, youth groups, corporate groups and more! In addition to the opportunities provided by our Refugee & Immigration department, please check out our general Catholic Charities volunteer opportunities. Volunteers with the Refugee programs follow the same safety policy and guidelines as all our volunteers.

Ready to volunteer with us? Please fill out the Refugee Volunteer Interest Form at the bottom of this page.


Your Impact as a Volunteer

Navigating a new country can be challenging. We know refugees who are supported by the community integrate faster and become self-sufficient much quicker than those trying to do it on their own.

Welcome New Refugees

Assist with move-ins, greet new arrivals and more.

New refugees are welcomed through our Reception & Placement services.

Volunteers can help us set up apartments for new arrivals, greet families at the airport, assist with transportation, supply culturally-friendly food and much more.

Related programs: Reception & Placement and Refugee Case Management Services 

Estimated commitment: We have opportunities for one-time commitments of a day or weekend, as well as ongoing weekly commitments.

Tutor, Mentor and Teach

Regularly connect with refugees in the classroom.

Related programs: Refugee Learning Center, Citizenship, Digital Access, ReCONNECT Refugee Youth Mentorship, Cultural Orientation, Refugee School Impact, Refugee Employment Services and English Language Learning

Estimated commitment: Our tutoring and mentorship opportunities require a regular commitment.

Some programs, such as ReCONNECT, are a year long commitment and include monthly mentorship meetings. Citizenship classes and English Language Learning often run on a quarterly or semester basis, and classes are usually once a week in the evenings. You do not have to have formal training in education to assist in the classrooms.

Volunteer for Events

One-off volunteer opportunities

Our Refugee & Immigration team puts on events throughout the year which support our refugee community. These events include World Refugee Day, Welcoming Week and various activities with New Roots.

Get in touch with the team or follow us on social media to stay in the loop!

Estimated commitment: Varies by event

Shop Local with New Roots

New Roots is a training program that empowers refugees, immigrants and English language learning farmers to develop sustainable businesses.

Shop local produce grown using organic practices! Our farmers sell at markets, through a Farm Share and on our online store.

Get involved! Check out the many ways to volunteer with and support New Roots.

Support Our Program

Click the button below to donate directly to our Refugee & Immigration services. We welcome both financial donations and donations of most-needed items. Click here to donate to our other programs.

Our Refugee & Immigration team may be hiring! Check out the Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas Careers page

Volunteer with Our Other Programs

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas offers more than 30 innovative programs designed to provide Help, Hope and Hospitality. Learn more about the many ways to get involved and join our mission today!

Refugee Volunteer Interest Form

Use the form below to contact the Refugee & Immigration Department about volunteer opportunities.
Please submit other questions to our general Contact Catholic Charities page.

Interested in our other volunteer opportunities? Check out our Volunteer With Us page!