Organization Policies

Thank you for expressing interest in volunteering with HIAS PA's Social Services. Once you complete this application, please sign up for an upcoming New Volunteer Information Session. 


HIAS Pennsylvania Social Services

Volunteer Overview and Onboarding Process


Volunteer Engagement Philosophy

HIAS Pennsylvania (HIAS PA) offers social and legal services to immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. HIAS PA relies upon the compassion, expertise, and commitment of volunteers to enhance programming quality and to address timely needs. Moreover, volunteers serve as a voice in the community by recruiting new volunteers, educating about immigration-related issues, and pushing for social changes to make and keep Philadelphia a welcoming city for all. HIAS PA invites all who wish to volunteer and does not discriminate based on race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, national/regional origin, language or disability. 


Volunteer Process

HIAS PA works with individuals representing a variety of backgrounds and experiences. We want you to feel prepared and confident to handle situations. Therefore, all volunteers must attend a New Volunteer Information Session to learn how volunteers can best assist clients’ social integration process. After the information session, staff and volunteers will find the best position. Note we have limited evening and weekend opportunities. Volunteers will shadow other volunteers or staff members and receive program-specific details. HIAS PA will offer chances for ongoing training and provide other resources to deepen volunteers’ understanding of refugee populations globally and in Philadelphia.


HIAS PA benefits from volunteer labor and we commit to supporting and respecting our volunteers.

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