A short guide to help you get started finding the right volunteer opportunity.
Understand How You Can Help
There are many different ways that individuals with all kinds of experience can help. Examples include volunteering at a naturalization workshop, participating in a detention visitation program, and teaching English as a second language or civics classes. It's important to spend time exploring your options and which opportunities are the best fit based on your interests, skills, and the time you have available to volunteer. Organizations spend considerable time and resources recruiting, training, and supporting volunteers. Make sure the volunteer opportunity that you choose is a good fit.
Find An Organization in Your Area
Many nonprofit immigrant rights and legal service providers offer volunteer opportunities, from administrative office work to assisting at legal workshops and clinics. To find a program in your area, enter your zip code or choose your state on our volunteer guide. If you are interested in teaching English or civics classes, use the America's Literacy Directory to find a program in your area. If you would like to participate in a detention visitation program, see if there is an existing program near you.
Learn About the U.S. Immigration System
U.S. immigration law can be complex, and there is a lot of confusion about how it works. Immigration laws have many goals, including keeping families together, bringing skilled workers to the U.S., and protecting people from danger. Some laws allow people to stay for a limited time. Other laws allow people to qualify for permanent legal status. Learn more about immigration law and how the U.S. immigration system works.