Ecumenical Refugee and Immigration Services
   

Internship/Volunteer/Donations

                                                    

                                     

 

 

 

 

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In addition to sponsorship, there are many ways in which you can help out a refugee family. These include: Minutes, Money, Materials, or Muscle . Curious? Read on for details on how you can help!

 

Minutes:
The Ecumenical Refugee and Immigration Services is in need of volunteers to aid us in the resettlement process. A donation of minutes, your own time, is always appreciated:

  • Volunteer as a Case Aide.
  • Help shop, prepare the rooms, and stock the pantry in a new arrival's first apartment.
  • Provide transportation from the airport and/or to the many appointments that new arrivals face without a car.
  • Become a mentor or “first friend” to a new family, and help them learn how to live in America .
  • Become an ESL tutor and help teach a refugee English.
  • Help out at the ESL office, answering phones, stuffing newsletters, assisting staff, etc.
  • Become an employment mentor and help particularly challenging cases find employment.
  • Offer your services as amateur photographer (or any other talents you may have) and provide family photos for a new family.

These are just a few volunteer ideas. You probably have many other ideas on ways in which you or your group can volunteer your services. Give us a call, and we'll work together to find the perfect way for you or your organization to help.

 

Money: 

You may mail a check, or donate online using DONATE button at the top of this page. Your donations are tax-deductible.
A donation of money in ANY amount is the most versatile gift you can give:

  • A $10 contribution will help ERS mail out about 25 Newsletters so that we can help educate the community on the refugee's plight, or it will buy a humidifier to help with a refugee child's asthma.
  • A $25 contribution will buy a bus pass that allows a refugee to get to his or her job or it will pay for a month's telephone bill during a time of financial struggles.
  • A $50 contribution will buy 1 or more prescriptions for refugees without adequate medical coverage or it will buy hearing aid batteries for a year.
  • A $100 contribution will buy groceries to stock the kitchen for family's first week in America , or it will buy 2 pairs of glasses for the children.
  • A $1000 contribution will help buy a car to help a refugee family get around town, or it will pay a month's rent and utilities for a family struggling to make it until their first paycheck.

Other ways to provide financially?

  • Give one of our refugees a job, or refer our employment managers to job opportunities you know of.
  • Provide tickets and coupons for entertainment, such as movie tickets, Museum and Zoo passes, Elitch Garden 's tickets, etc.
  • Provide gift certificates for much needed items, such as haircuts, groceries, clothing, etc.

 

Materials:
Material goods are extremely valuable to ERS and the refugees they serve. Pickup can be arranged and you will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Here are just a few items always needed:

  • Furniture in good shape
  • Beds and linens
  • Dishes, pans, utensils
  • Office supplies
  • Clothing (donate directly to the Neighborly Thrift Shop at 3360 South Broadway)
  • Current calendars
  • Radios, TVS, tape recorders, phones, microwaves, alarm clocks in good working order
  • Bikes
  • Cars

For donation information please contact:
Donation Coordinator
Genevieve at (303) 860-0128 Ext.112

 

Muscle:                                                                                                           help
Wondering how muscle can come in handy? We always need:

  • People to help move furniture into new apartments
  • People to help keep our storage unit neat and orderly

For more information, please contact Genevieve Cruz, ERIS Sponsorship Director/Volunteer Coordinator, at 303-860-0128 ext:112 or email at Genevieve@ersden.org .

 

CLICK HERE to view the "Volunteer and Sponsor Guideline" manual

 

 

 



 

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Denver, CO 80218
(303)860-0128