JFCS Refugee & Immigrant Services

**If you are interested in volunteering, please click the "Fill in an Application" button to the right**

For questions about any of these programs, email Refugee & Immigrant Volunteer Coordinator Sarah Siplak. 

Please note: While the COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing, some activities may be modified or on hold.

In-Home Mentor 

  • Support an individual or family to help them learn English and daily living skills

  • Have fun together and introduce them to the city of Pittsburgh

  • Work with adults, young adults entering the workforce, or high needs clients

  • Weekly visits to the client's home of 1-2 hours for at least six months

  • Attend mandatory training & orientation session, and provide clearances


After School Mentor

  • Work with school-age English learners to complete homework and learn English while having fun

  • Support K-8 and high school youth

  • Minimum commitment of three sessions per month for one semester

  • Held in Crafton Heights

  • Attend mandatory training & orientation session in January or September, and provide clearances


Family Fun Events

  • Organize a party or outing to a Pittsburgh cultural institution (e.g. the Science Center, Andy Warhol Museum, etc.)

  • Work in tandem with JFCS staff, including planning meetings

  • Provide funding for event, supplies, and staff time

  • Provide clearances


Appointment Partner

  • Help refugees travel to and from appointments (e.g. doctor, welfare, DMV, etc.)

  • Be a driver or ride the bus with the client

  • Appointments occur 9 am - 5 pm on weekdays, and take about 2-4 hours total

  • Minimum 3 appointments per month

  • Receive training from caseworker, including shadowing, and provide clearances


Cultural Orientation Mentor

  • Present about aspects of American culture in small group or one-on-one settings using interpretation (e.g. finances & banking, housing, employment, etc.)

  • Provide at least two presentations per month

  • Receive training from caseworker, including shadowing, and provide clearances