How does a good neighbor become a Journey's End Volunteer?
Journey's End offers a wide array of opportunities for individuals, groups, and families to make a difference. Through our Volunteer Services department, K-12 and college students, church groups, businesses, retirees, and other good neighbors can provide support for refugees.
Each volunteer's interests and talents are matched with our agency’s current needs and opportunities. We have opportunities to help during the weekdays, on evenings and weekends, at special events, at home, and through donation and fundraising drives.
Some examples are below, but we offer many more.
Volunteer acceptance, placement, and scheduling are at the discretion of the Community Outreach team.
Match Grant Mentoring
A mentor commits to one family or individual for 3-6 months. You would befriend them, introduce them to their neighborhood, and help them with job-related activities. Evening and weekend availability makes this great for families and professionals.
A home tutor visits a refugee at home once a week to teach them English (we provide all the resources). Some of our clients are individuals who cannot easily attend an ESL class outside the home for a variety of reasons. This is a great opportunity for parent/child volunteer duos and for multilingual individuals.
An ESL classroom volunteer helps during one of our English as a Second Language classes held on Monday through Thursday from 9am to 12pm. The students are newly-arrived refugee adults working towards gainful employment and self-sufficiency. This is a great opportunity for graduate students and retired teachers.
Green Shoots for New Americans Farming on the Brewster Street Farm
Volunteering on the Brewster Street Farm involves a variety of outdoor farming activities including watering, weeding, hoop house maintenance, planting, harvesting, and more. We have special volunteer days on the farm, or volunteer projects like building raised beds at refugees’ homes. Experience preferred, but not a must.
Home Again Program (Groups Only)
The Home Again Program is an opportunity for volunteer groups, including schools, businesses, religious organizations, or just a group of family and friends, to work with Journey's End in setting up and furnishing an apartment for a recently arrived refugee family. Refugee families arrive with little to no resources for establishing homes during their first few months of resettlement. Journey's End relies heavily on donations from the community to provide these families with essential home furnishings, such as tables, lighting, bedding, couches, and other items. Journey's End has found that when a committed group of volunteers work on a set up project, barren apartments are transformed into cozy homes for newly arrived refugee families. After long and arduous journeys to the United States, a warm and cozy apartment brings a sense of security to families that have lost and left so much behind. Learn more.
Donations and Fundraising Drives
We often need specific items to support our new families, such as toiletries, winter coats, or school supplies. Contact us before doing any kind of in-kind donation drive so we can guide you on the current needs of our clients.
Or maybe your company, school or church is interested in doing a “fun”raiser for Journey’s End, or being a sponsor for our WNY Refugee Film Festival!
Contact us for lots of great ideas!
Journey's End is proud of its robust internship program. All positions are designed to provide value to both the intern and the agency. The internship will include a thorough training in the mission of Journey's End and opportunity for independent career exploration.
All internships are unpaid, but can be done for school credit. Interns typically work 10-15 hours per week under the supervision of their staff supervisor. Hours are usually available M-F from 9AM to 4PM, adjustable according to availability and school calendar.
Minimum qualifications and expectations:
· Current undergraduate or graduate student
· Professionalism, dependability, honesty, and punctuality
· Adaptability to a rapidly changing environment
Please review our current openings and apply to only one.
Interested candidates need to send a resume and cover letter tailored to the specific internship opportunity to: email@example.com. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone calls please. We will only contact you if we are interested in setting up an interview.