The most important aspect of a refugee’s successful acclimation to their new home is a sense of community and belonging. At ECDC-ACC, we rely heavily on our volunteers to ensure our clients feel welcomed. We encourage all who are passionate and motivated about refugee resettlement to volunteer. We will work with each prospective volunteer to find the best way they can help based on their interests, skills, and availability.
Volunteers help in many different ways including providing transportation for clients or staffing ECDC-ACC events. The backbone of our volunteer program, however, is the First Friends Program, through which volunteers are matched with and mentor a refugee family. In this capacity they help refugees apply for jobs, navigate public transit, study English, and more. Most of all, they provide a familiar face in an unfamiliar place.
Volunteers are vital to the fulfillment of the African Community Center's mission to help refugees rebuild safe, sustainable lives in DC Metro area through supportive networks of people, services, and community activities. We welcome hard-working and passionate individuals who are committed to our mission and values.
To volunteer, you must first attend a General Orientation and complete the subsequent paperwork. At our General Orientation you will learn about the work we do and be cleared to serve with ACC as a volunteer.
Our volunteer opportunities include:
• Mentoring opportunities
• Gather donations (in-kind or monetary)/ Donation drives
• Transportation assistance
• In-office volunteering/ Internships:
Health and Integration (MD/VA)
Resource Development (VA)
Client Services (VA)
Refugee Youth Mentorship (MD)
• Workshop Assistance
• ECDC Events (In-person/Remote)
We host monthly general orientations in both the MD and VA locations but those unable to attend in-person can take the recorded session below.
General Orientation Calendar