What You Can Do

Volunteer with one of these Organizations To Help Refugees and Immigrants

HIAS is the global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees whose lives are in danger for being who they are.  It works to protect vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers, including women and children and ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities. It ensures that refugees and asylum seekers can take control and rebuild their lives in safety and security. It advocates for the protection of refugees and asylum seekers and to make sure that all displaced people are treated with dignity. Guided by Jewish values and history, HIAS brings more than 130 years of expertise to its work on behalf of refugees.


Hearts and Homes for Refugees was started in 2016 in Westchester County, NY to mobilize the most powerful and untapped resources in our communities—the passion and the goodwill of its one million residents to welcome refugees.

Contact: https://www.heartsandhomesforrefugees.org/get-involved

First Friends of New Jersey and New York upholds the inherent dignity and humanity of detained immigrants and asylum seekers. They provide compassion and hope through volunteer visitation, resettlement assistance and advocacy.

Contact: https://firstfriendsnjny.org/volunteer/

International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.

Contact:  https://www.rescue.org/volunteer-opportunities/new-york-ny

Make the Road New York integrates four core strategies for concrete change that millions of families feel every day: Legal and Survival Services, Transformative Education, Community Organizing and Policy Innovation.


The Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees is the nation’s leading interfaith response to the Syrian refugee crisis. To address this crisis, it mobilizes the interfaith response; advocates for sensible and humane refugee policies; cultivates groundbreaking partnerships in the region; raises funds for humanitarian relief and to create awareness of facts, needs, and opportunities for positive action. To date, MFA has facilitated the delivery of more than $31M of relief, including clothing, blankets, food, sanitary items, medications, medical equipment, medical supplies, and two ambulances to assist displaced Syrians.

Contact: Get Involved

Vets for American Ideals is a nonpartisan group of veterans who share the belief that America is strongest when its policies and actions match its ideals. Current campaigns are focused on saving the Special Immigrant Visa program for interpreters and translators who served with the U.S. military, protecting refugees and countering Islamophobia.

Contact: https://www.vfai.org/

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights champions the best interests of children who arrive in the U.S. unaccompanied. They help children in deportation proceedings, advocating for their best interests and advocate for a children’s immigrant justice system that ensures the safety and well-being of every child.

Contact: https://www.theyoungcenter.org/volunteer-at-the-young-center

Uri L’Tzedek is an Orthodox social justice organization guided by Torah values and dedicated to combating suffering and oppression.

Through community-based education, leadership development, and action, Uri L’Tzedek creates discourse, inspires leaders, and empowers the Jewish community towards creating a more just world.

Contact: Info@Utzedek.org

Westchester Jewish Coalition for Immigration mobilizes the Jewish community to welcome refugees, asylum seekers and other immigrants to communities in Westchester and throughout New York where they can live safely with dignity.

Contact: https://www.wjci.org/engagement

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Ruth’s Refuge is the only organization devoted to providing furniture and home essentials to refugees and asylum seekers rebuilding their lives in New York City.
Volunteers donate furniture, buy new appliances and linens, load moving trucks, assemble furniture and bring love and welcome into the homes of newcomers.

Contact: https://ruthsrefuge.org/contact-us

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New Neighbors Partnership partners newly arrived families with local families who contribute hand-me-down kids clothes, help forge positive social connections, and who can provide emotional, informational, and concrete support.

Contact: https://www.newneighborspartnership.org/get-involved

The New York Jewish Agenda
The New York Jewish Agenda amplifies the voice of Jewish community leaders whose shared values motivate them to promote social justice, combat antisemitism, and support a democratic vision of Israel. We engage on critical issues across New York City and State through advocacy, education, and collaboration.