We thank you for your interest in volunteering with RIF and supporting asylum seekers in NYC. Please read through the following guidelines so you can get a better sense of how to make an impact with your valuable time. Contact sarah@rifnyc.org or call 303-521-8804 and let us know how you'd like to get involved!

Our current needs

  • RIF Welcomers to attend our asylum meetings to connect and build relationships with asylum seekers who are new to the city. The most useful thing you can do to help asylum seekers is to provide a local orientation to the city, including guidance on the transportation system, hospitals and medical care, food, etc. (We will provide information about what is available in the city, but we encourage you to use your own resources and connections.) Most important, as a Welcomer, you can give them a chance to feel welcome in the city.
  • Spanish and French translators to work alongside our volunteer lawyer at our bi-monthly legal consultations.
  • Can you organize a food drive at your organization, local farmer's market, or school, and deliver it to one of our scheduled meetings?

Please keep in mind that RIF is a small grassroots organization. We have a limited capacity to manage volunteers and inquiries. Therefore we appreciate self-starters!

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