Immigrant Justice Volunteer Opportunities

Current Immigrant Justice Volunteer Opportunities

 Click here for information about how First Unitarian is helping asylum seekers in Albuquerque.

Sally Wistrand, a member of the First Unitarian Immigrant Justice Task Force, takes donations at a fundraiser for the New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice.

At First Unitarian

  • Immigrant Justice Task Force: Supporting the immigrant community and promoting immigrant justice through education of our congregation, collaboration with other Immigrant Justice organizations, outreach to our immigrant neighbors, volunteer engagement and financial support. Visit First U Immigrant Justice Task Force or contact Sally Wistrand at sunkawakan01@yahoo.com.
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) and Citizenship Classes: Serving immigrant adults in the community. Training and support provided. Contact Connie Molecke, conniemolecke@gmail.com.
  • Support for Border Servant Corp: First Unitarian provides ongoing support for the work of the Border Servant Corps at Peace Lutheran Church in Las Cruces, NM. BSC provides hospitality to refugees as well as other borderland education and service opportunities.  Volunteers may gather and deliver donations, help with refugee accompaniment in Las Cruces and more. Contact First U’s contacts Amy Carpenter at (575) 523-0007, amycarpenter5252@gmail.com or Sally Wistrand at (505) 331-7167, sunkawakan01@yahoo.com or Carol Blaschka in Las Cruces at (575) 522-7119 Ext. 15, carol@borderservantcorps.org.

 

In Albuquerque

  • CIVIC Abq: A local chapter of the national program “Freedom for Immigrants”, CIVIC works to end isolation for immigrants who are in detention awaiting the outcome of their immigration cases.  Volunteers can send greeting cards to, exchange letters with, or do face-to-face visits with detainees held at the Cibola County Correctional Center near Grants or the Torrance County Detention Center in Estancia. We also observe conditions and advocate for the detainee’s rights and fair treatment. Training is provided. We also need help managing and organizing the local chapter. Contact CIVICABQ@gmail.com .
  • Catholic Charities: Volunteer Opportunities: Refugee/Asylee Support, Adult Education Tutors, Senior Transportation Drivers, General Office Support, Special Projects as they arise and In-Kind Donations.  Mobile Food Pantry helping hands. Go to http://www.ccasfnm.org/volunteer.html for more information or contact Cathy Aragon-Marquez at marquezc@ccasfnm.org  or 505-724-4634.
  • El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos: El Centro is a grassroots, immigrants’ rights, civil rights and workers’ justice organization working to defend, strengthen, and advance the rights of low-wage workers and immigrant communities. Volunteers may support efforts in policy advocacy, public actions, administrative help, voter engagement (such as phone banking) and more.  Call (505) 246-1627 to speak with an organizer about how you can get involved and sign up for our action alert system.  You can also invest in your local immigrant-led movement by making a donation at elcentronm.org.
  • Lutheran Family Services: The LFS Refugee and Asylee Program provides essential resettlement services, including health screenings, public assistance, employment, English language, and cultural orientation. Volunteers help with mentoring, ESL and childcare assistance, women’s empowerment programs, tutoring, donations and more. Contact Sandi Bertholomey at (505) 933-7014 or bertholomey@lfsrm.org.
  • New Mexico Asian Family Center: The Asian Family Center’s mission is to create a Pan-Asian community that advocates for and supports itself. Volunteers need to speak an Asian language and be culturally sensitive. Volunteers may help with accessing benefits and services, multigenerational activities, financial education, legal services and more.  Contact the Center at (505) 717-2877 or info@nmafc.org.
  • New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice: The Faith Coalition’s mission is to create an ecumenical and inter-faith alliance in the state of New Mexico for immigrant justice. Volunteers can help in all 6 service areas: direct services, rapid response, court companionship, sanctuary, advocacy, and education/outreach. Training is provided. Attend an orientation to learn more.  Go to https://www.nmimmigrantjustice.org/contact or contact Ella Saavedra, Volunteer Coordinator, at faithcoalitionteam@gmail.com or 505-226-1642.
  • New Mexico Immigrant Law Center: NMILC provides legal services, advocacy, and education to low-income immigrant communities. Volunteers can help with Citizenship Fairs, the PALS program at the Cibola Detention Center, translation/interpretation, and administrative tasks. Attorneys (immigration or non-immigration) and bilingual volunteers are especially needed.  Contact Christy Sobolik at csobolik@nmilc.org or 247-1023.

 

And Beyond!

  • Annunciation House, El Paso: The mission of Annunciation House is to accompany the migrant, refugee, and economically vulnerable peoples of the border region through hospitality, advocacy, and education. Volunteers work in all aspects of keeping the house running and supporting the guests. Go to https://annunciationhouse.org/volunteer/ for more information.
  • No More Deaths/No Más Muertes: No More Deaths works along the Arizona-Mexico border to end death and suffering through civil initiative: people of conscience working together to uphold fundamental human rights. Our work includes direct aid (such as placing food, water, and supplies in remote areas for migrants), witnessing and reporting, and more. Volunteers may come for a week, a month or longer. Please visit: nomoredeaths.org/en/ or contact Gil and Terri Gutierrez who volunteer extensively with No More Deaths at nvomxo@hotmail.com or sunnynm@yahoo.com .
  • UU College of Social Justice: The mission of the UUCSJ is to inspire and sustain effective and spiritually grounded activism for justice. The Volunteer Placements program connects volunteers with the UUCSJ’s partner organizations, including Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas, FM4 Paso Libre in Guadalajara, Mexico and more.  Go to https://uucsj.org/volunteer/.
  • UU Service Committee: The UUSC is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization advancing human rights together with an international community of grassroots partners and advocates. Learn more about the UUSC’s initiatives and how you can help at https://www.uusc.org/initiatives/.