How You Can Help

Your support is vital and will make a direct impact to improve the lives of new arrival community members. Current help is needed at the following agencies in the following ways:


Newcomers Health Program

Volunteer Title: Spanish Interpreter
Volunteer Work Description: Provide simultaneous interpreting for newly granted asylees at the USCIS Asylum Office for the monthly Asylum Benefits Orientation. Topics covered include asylee benefits, housing, health care, education, employment, and legal requirements.
Desired Skills/Experience: Certified Spanish Interpreter proficient in simultaneous interpreting.
Location of Volunteer Work: USCIS Asylum Office, SF Financial District.
Time Commitment: 3 hours per month (Friday afternoons 12:30-3:30pm)
How To Apply: Contact Cristy Dieterich 628-206-7627 or


Bay Area Healthy Living Support and Communication Platform (BayHeal)

Volunteer Title: Immigrant Community Organizing assistant
Volunteer Work Description: Provide input targeting the Black, African, Atlantic and Indian ocean Islands-born Immigrants in USA; assist in modifying appropriate cultural and linguistic information, education and communication materials promoting healthy outcomes, addressing inequities and disparities.
Desired Skills/Experience:
1. Editing existing blog archives using a computer
2. Correcting references and sources
3. Attend planning meetings
4. Social Justice mobilization and organization skills
5. Critical and Analytical skills
Location of Volunteer Work: San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego
Time Commitment: 10 hours per week.
How To Apply: Apply by writing to Tom R. Muyunga-Mukasa

Donations Desired: We are kindly looking for funding to the amount of $20,000.
Whom the Donations Will Help:
1. Office space
2. Maintaining an HIV and Health Resource Center
How to Donate:


Upwardly Global

Volunteer Title: UpGlo Volunteer Program
Volunteer Work Description: Volunteers play a meaningful role in transforming Job Seekers’ lives by sharing knowledge of U.S. workplace culture and expectations, industry insight and lessons learned. UpGlo volunteers support Job Seekers through interview coaching and by encouraging and mentoring them through what can be a challenging time.
Desired Skills/Experience:
We need volunteers from all professional fields to serve the diverse backgrounds of our Job Seekers. Whether you are an industry veteran or mid-career professional, you have valuable experience to draw on and share with our job seekers.
You must have:
At least 3 years of professional experience
Strong track record of helping others succeed Interest in other cultures and respect for the immigrant experience
Excellent English communications and writing skills
Location of Volunteer Work: Throughout the Bay Area. In person events or virtual
Time Commitment: No minimum requirements.
How To Apply: Apply by writing to Bijan Yaminafshar,


Refugee and Asylum Seeker Health Initiative, UCSF

Volunteer Title: Research Assistant
Volunteer Work Description: The goal of this group is to promote all aspects of refugee and asylee health as a priority at UCSF. This includes local and international research to broaden the knowledge base in this field, development of curriculum for medical students and housestaff, and community outreach with local organizations. The scope of activities is broad and open to discussion. If you have a project in mind, please email us to discuss details.
Desired Skills/Experience:
Prior experience in academia, clinical research, curriculum development or an interest in these fields.
Location of Volunteer Work: UCSF, ZSFG
Time Commitment: 5-10 hours/ week.
How To Apply: Apply by writing to Fatima Karaki M.D.

Donations Desired: –
Whom the Donations Will Help:
Donations will fund overseas research with our current project conducting a needs assessment in a refugee camp in Beirut.
How to Donate: Please contact Fatima Karaki


Jubilee Immigration Advocates

Volunteer Title: Chinese translator
Volunteer Work Description: Translate immigration and intake forms. Will work with office staff.
Desired Skills/Experience: Proficient in written English and written Chinese.
Location of Volunteer Work: Offsite
Time Commitment: 2-4 hours per translation project
How To Apply: Email or call 415-813-1958

Asian Women’s Shelter

Volunteer Title: Domestic Violence Peer counselor
Volunteer Work Description: Emotional support and interpretation.
Desired Skills/Experience: 40 hrs training. 2hrs/week
Location of Volunteer Work: San Francisco
Time Commitment: 2 hrs a week
How To Apply:

Donations Desired: grocery gift cards, hotel vouchers, clipper cards
Whom the Donations Will Help: shelter residents
How to Donate:

For volunteer opportunities in the East Bay please see East Bay Refugee Forum:


At Home Humanitarian

Volunteer Title: Refugee and Immigrant Mentor
Volunteer Work Description: Volunteers are matched with newly-arrived individuals and families to help answer any questions relating to American culture, customs, processes, laws, or community resources that would help their match feel more connected; help find solutions to needs such as finding a job, preparing for college, filing for FAFSA, fixing a car, or passing a driver’s test; and provide opportunities to get out, explore surroundings, make new friends, learn a new skill or hobby, and connect to others within their communities.
Desired Skills/Experience: Commitment to serving! You can volunteer as a family, individual, duo and/or couple.
Location of Volunteer Work: Bay Area + Sacramento
Time Commitment: 8-10 hours a month, 12 months. Time in which you volunteer is flexible
How To Apply:

Donations Desired: Time
Whom the Donations Will Help: Newly-arrived refugees, asylees and immigrants living within the Bay Area.
How to Donate:,

For volunteer opportunties in the East Bay please see East Bay Refugee Forum:


Refugee Transitions – Home based English language tutoring,