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Opportunities to serve refugees locally

Contact Angie Earl: angiee@emm.org  or (717) 898-2251 ext. 266

Church World Service (CWS)

(refugee resettlement agency)

Church World Service: (717) 381-2890

Christine Baer: cbaer@cwsglobal.org

Group opportunities and projects:

  • Become a Welcome Team

  • Set up an apartment for an arriving family

  • Prepare a culturally appropriate meal for an arriving family

  • Gather/donate items for welcome kits (Contact for list of items needed)

Ongoing/individual volunteer needs:

  • Transport refugees to appointments

  • Tutor children, practice conversational English, or help teach English as a Second Language (ESL)

  • Orient: provide cultural orientation or explore the city together



Bethany Christian Services (BCS)

(refugee resettlement agency)

Bethany Christian Services:

(717) 399-3213

Angie Earl (liaison): angiee@emm.org

Group opportunities and projects:

  • Assist a family with initial needs and provide ongoing relationship

  • Set up an apartment for an arriving family

  • Prepare a culturally appropriate meal for an arriving family

  • Gather/donate items for welcome boxes (Contact BCS or Angie for a list of items needed)

  • Create an inventory of the welcome box items placed in Emmanuel Church

  • Create a database/phone list of ongoing volunteers


Ongoing/individual volunteer needs:

  • Transport refugees to appointments

  • Help with ESL or homework tutoring

  • Visit a refugee and help them learn basic aspects of living in America

  • Orient people to the city and local resources

  • Be matched with a family to take them to church

  • Be a person for a family to call with questions


The Refugee Center

(support center at Reynolds Middle School)

Refugee Center: (717) 947-1496

Courtney Rinden: crinden@fandm.edu

Group opportunities and projects:

  • Collect donations such as school uniforms, backpacks, or school supplies

  • The Refugee Center especially needs hygiene items like deodorant, feminine products, toothpaste, etc. (Contact Courtney or Angie for a complete list of items needed)

Ongoing/individual volunteer needs:

  • Volunteer with an after-school club one hour/week

  • Volunteer with to help with an English and art club one hour/week (Thursdays, 45pm, at Reynolds Middle School, Lancaster) 

  • Help with the Leap into Language Summer Program, offering enrichment activities to refugee students engaged in a summer English language learning program (Location, dates and times TBD. July 2017, Lancaster)


The Literacy Council
(provides ESL classes to refugees and immigrants)

The Literacy Council: 717-295-5523
Jane Myers: jane@getliterate.org

Ongoing/individual volunteer needs:
ESL Instruction:
  • Classroom assistant
  • Small group instructor
  • One-on-one tutoring
Mentoring:
  • Career Pathways Mentor for High Skill Immigrants and Refugees

Other ideas with EMM coaching, or to further discuss the options:

EMM: (717) 898-2251
Angie Earl: angiee@emm.org

Youth groups:

  • Host a game night and invite refugee youth (Angie can invite refugee youth)

  • Have a shopping night to gather supplies for welcome kits; assemble and donate them to CWS or BCS

  • Consider joining K-teams for one week in summer 2017

  • Volunteer at MCC Resource Center for global refugee needs

Adults:

  • Assist with a local ESL class for refugees, or start a new class

  • Learn how you could befriend a refugee and invite them into your community

  • Consider opening your home or renting to a refugee family with CWS or BCS

  • Find out if your business could provide a job to a refugee

  • Attend cultural trainings to build cross-cultural relationships

  • Offer your skills or resources to serve refugees through CWS or BCS resettlement agencies

Global:

  • Consider a customized short-term mission assignment to assist EMM workers in Germany with refugee needs

  • Consider serving for a long-term assignment in Europe or other places of great refugee need
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