Become a Volunteer
Volunteer to help new Americans feel safe and supported with their cultural adjustment. Experience the joy and adventure in helping new Americans start their lives over in our community!
There are three ways to volunteer with the LSS Center for New Americans.
A mentor relationship is a friendship with a refugee family new to the community. Mentors enjoy sharing meals, teaching and learning language, playing games with kids and learning about a new culture from their refugee friends.
Mentors provide invaluable social support for families during their transition to the United States. Mentors can be individuals, families, roommates, college groups, church/religious groups and community groups. Mentors make a commitment to visit the family they are working with once a week for six months.
Classroom assistants volunteer in English classes, working alongside teaching staff to improve the learning environment. Classroom assistants help students complete class assignments, quiz students using flashcards and exams, and speak with students to improve their conversational English skills.
Classroom assistants can volunteer during any of our English class times and come as frequently as their schedules allow--whether once a day or once a month.
There are various other volunteer opportunities available including collecting and sorting donated goods, knitting projects and making fleece blankets.
Apply to Volunteer with the Center for New Americans
To become a volunteer mentor, classroom assistant, or participant for special projects with the LSS Center for New Americans, fill out the online application.