Opportunities to serve refugees locally

Contact Angie Earl at  or 717 898-2251


(refugee resettlement agency)
Church World Service: (717) 381-2890
Christine Baer:

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


(refugee resettlement agency)
Bethany Christian Services:

717 399-3213

Megan Brown
717 678-3918

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 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


(Support center at Reynolds Middle School)
Refugee Center: 717 947-1523
Khem Subedi: 

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 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)

(provides ESL classes to refugees and immigrants)
The Literacy Council: 717 295-5523
Jane Myers:

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

Contact: Rhoda Yost 717 669.3888;

Children's ministry opportunities:
  • plan or assist Wednesday Kids Club 4-5:30 p.m.

  • Saturday morning Bhutanese Nepali Sunday School  

  • Sunday at 4 p.m. develop children’s ministry for small English fellowship

  • Child care for Thursday mornings so mothers can be present in The Sewing Café.  

Youth ministry opportunities: Consider building friendship with Nepali youth and being a mentor to them as they learn how to follow Jesus in American culture.

ESL classes: Need for teacher assistants during ESL classes Monday through Wednesday mornings, 10 am to noon.

Sewing Café:

  • We have a need for persons who like to sew to be available on Thursday evenings as a sewing coach so we can extend our hours for accessibility to those who work.

  • An urgent need for childcare on Thursday mornings so refugees can attend.

Church growth:
  • Need for worship leader for our small Sunday English service meeting at 4 pm. 
  • Need for persons interested in being out in the community talking with people, building relationships, sharing Jesus, invitational. 
  • Need for development of children’s ministry for Sunday 4 pm. Fellowship

Facilities care:
  • Perhaps you are a hands-on, fix-it type of person who would enjoy a ministry that blesses refugees and the church by working on facility care.  

  • We have an urgent need for someone to fix, maintain, and oversee our facility care so that our ministries can run safely.

Contact:  Chris Landes -  

Children's Ministries
  • Volunteers are needed each Sunday morning to play with toddler-age children of Karen refugee church members during the worship service 10 – 11:30 am. Children understand both English and Karen and would benefit from age-appropriate play and learning activities
  • Volunteers are invited to help teach Sunday school for grades K-3 and 4-8, mostly Karen refugees.  In addition to their native language of Karen, the children understand English fairly well. Volunteers can rotate by month or certain weeks of the month.
Other Opportunities at Habecker
  • build relationships with Karen family as they learn how to follow Jesus in U.S. culture
  • driving people to appointments, etc
  • homework helpers/tutoring
  • teaching ESL
  • driving people to appointments, etc
EMM: 717 898-2251
Angie Earl:

Youth groups:

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

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

  • Consider joining Kingdom Teams for one week in summer 2017

  • Volunteer at MCC Resource Center for global refugee needs


  • 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


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

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