Get Involved

Make a Difference in the Lives of Refugees

Opportunities

As a volunteer at RSC, one person can make a big difference in the life of families in our community. There are many ways to become involved with RSC, either directly or indirectly. Our volunteers vary in backgrounds from college students to working professionals to retirees. We welcome all.

Service Learning credits and/or class credit community experiences are available for a limited number of refugee high school students if approved by appropriate school personnel.

“Volunteering with the RSC has opened my eyes to the importance of cultural diversity within our community. In all honesty I’m not sure who has learned and gained more from the experience, me or my tutees! We practice English but we also exchange stories, share pictures, and laugh about the world around us.”

UNC Graduate Student Volunteer

Direct Service Opportunities

The most typical way people volunteer is through direct tutoring, but the possibilities are many. If you are interested in being a tutor or another type of direct services volunteer, please fill out an application. Please note that if you are interested in tutoring, we ask for a one hour a week and one-year commitment (excluding summers for students).

Tutoring
  • Provide homework support and English practice to school age students in their homes
  • Tutor refugee adults for the citizenship exam
  • Tutor English to adults
Other Opportunities
  • Provide transportation for refugees to appointments and agencies
  • Be an office assistant to help refugee clients in the office for a variety of services
  • Serve as a mentor for one family in the phase between being newly arrived and achieving self-sufficiency
  • Teach the DMV manual to individuals or small groups who need to pass their Learner’s Permit

Indirect Ways to Get Involved

Employ a Refugee

We can assist with job applications, practicing for interviews, assisting with completion of paperwork related to the hiring process, and troubleshooting with supervisor and employee should issues arise. Contact our employment specialist at Techlead2013@gmail.com.

Advocate

Advocate for fair and welcoming policies for refugees. 

Purchase Gift Cards

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Organize a Collection Drive

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Host a Fundraiser

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“My favorite part of the job is when I get to act as a mentor and friend. Every week I make sure we play a fun game and just give time for us to talk about her week. She keeps me in the loop about her art classes and play dates. The main thing that I have learned from this experience is that being a tutor is more than just teaching material, but it is also finding ways to be creative and making our time together enjoyable.”

UNC Undergraduate Student Volunteer