Becoming an RHR Volunteer


RHR volunteers value reciprocity, proactivity, reliability, and empowerment.

Refugees Helping Refugees is a mostly volunteer-run organization. Because RHR is a nonprofit and receives limited funding from grants for operational and programming costs, the organization is able to offer few, if any, paid positions. This makes the need for proactive, empowered, and passionate volunteers essential to its survival.

This unorthodox method of infrastructure, while cost-effective, also ensures that those who volunteer at RHR are passionate about working with refugees. These volunteers are reliable and innovative, and seek to make a positive difference in the refugee and Rochester community.

RHR is currently open Monday through Friday 9AM to 4:00PM and follows the RCSD school break schedule. Visit our Program Calendar to check upcoming dates and availability.

Do you speak another language in addition to English, such as Somali, Arabic, Nepali, or Karen?
Ask about becoming an interpreter for our programs or case management appointments.

Are you interested in teaching a skill or speaking about a service you have connection with?
Ask about participating in our Speakers Bureau.

Can you sew, knit, or make jewelry?
Ask about becoming a teacher in our Sewing Program.

Do you have a car?
Ask about Donations Pickup (could include clothing, computer equipment, and more).

Do you want to volunteer as a group, school or other organization?
Ask about doing a donations drive (collect donations and organize drives for food, clothing, and more on a needs basis).

Are you a proactive and compassionate advocate interested in refugee affairs?

Ask About Case Management Volunteer

A volunteer focused on aiding RHR’s community with navigating American society. Many of RHR’s students and community are on or below the poverty line and receive benefits in the form of housing, child care, SNAP, and cash allowance to support themselves in return for attending our English classes and Work Experience Program (WEP). It is the Case Management Volunteer’s role to make calls and appointments on behalf of individuals when issues arise as well as a plethora of other tasks that ensure needs are being met.

Can you plan and put on an engaging fundraiser or write a grant or persuasive letters?

Ask About Fundraising Volunteer

A volunteer focused on generating funds or donations to ensure the organization can continue to exist. Tasks include applying for and writing grants, annual appeals, and planning/operating fundraising events. These volunteers collaborate with Staff and Programming Volunteers to ensure that programming needs are being met with donations or grant proposals.

To sign up as a Volunteer, please fill out the Volunteer Application. For any other questions about volunteering, please send an email to the Volunteer Coordinator Christine Wilson.