Volunteer

Interested in Volunteering or Interning?

Current Volunteers: Track your hours in the portal.

There are many ways you can volunteer with HIAS Pennsylvania. Click on the different areas below to learn more about the opportunities and how to get involved!

General Volunteer Positions

  1. Learn about our current volunteer opportunities!
  2. All interested volunteers must attend one of our monthly volunteer orientations to get involved. Our orientations will be virtual for the foreseeable future.
  3. Please sign up for a volunteer database profile to register for one of our upcoming orientations and receive more information about volunteer onboarding. Once you complete a profile, a member of our staff will follow up with you directly.

Pro Bono Attorneys

We are currently recruiting attorneys to represent clients who are seeking asylum as well as other forms of immigration relief.

To represent an asylum seeker, attorneys are required to attend HIAS PA asylum training sessions which are offered live in the spring and winter as well as on demand. Training and mentoring is available for pro bono attorneys. HIAS PA is a PA CLE accredited provider and Pennsylvania CLE credit is available for attorneys working on pro bono cases.

Fill out an application to learn more.

Volunteer Translators/Interpreters

  1. Learn about our current volunteer opportunities including volunteer interpretation and translation. We are specifically seeking Dari, Pashto, Creole, Spanish, French, Urdu, Ukrainian, Russian, Swahili and Tigrinya speakers.
  2. All interested volunteers must attend one of our monthly volunteer orientations to get involved. Our orientations will be virtual for the foreseeable future.
  3. Please sign up for a volunteer database profile to register for one of our upcoming orientations and receive more information about volunteer onboarding. Once you complete a profile, a member of our staff will follow up with you directly.

Co-Resettlement Team for Refugees

HIAS Pennsylvania offers a program where volunteers work as a group to resettle newcomers in Philadelphia by providing financial and in-kind contributions and refugee resettlement core services to a family or small group in order to help them integrate into the community. The program has started with Afghan Humanitarian Parolees currently on US military bases overseas who are waiting to be resettled in the US. For more information, please contact the program’s Community Resettlement Coordinator, Roger Cheng, at rcheng@hiaspa.org.

Internships

A limited number of internship opportunities in our administration, social services, and legal services departments are available to students who are college-aged or older. Internships at HIAS PA are unpaid.

Click here to intern at HIAS PA!

In your application email, please indicate if you are interested in legal, social, or administrative services.

Interns are accepted on a rolling basis and we cannot guarantee a position.

Bar and Bat Mitzvah

Thank you for your interest in partnering with HIAS PA for your Bar/Bat Mitzvah project. Here are some ideas of what students have done in the past. Ideally, students do a combination of service work with us and then advocacy, community education, and/or fundraising in their communities to share what they have learned and garner support for immigrants and refugees.

Upon reviewing the above document, email community@hiaspa.org and share your timeline and which project(s) above are of interest.

Want a speaker to come to your congregation, organization, or place of business?

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TONIGHT: Join us at the table!Join us for Thankful Together!

Thankful Together, formerly known as Refugee Thanksgiving, is happening TONIGHT at 6PM!

Register here to join us tonight: https://hiaspa.org/event/thankful-together-2021/

Celebrate our volunteers who make this all possible!Click here at 11:45AM to join our Annual Meeting!

Click here to join our virtual Annual Meeting!

The Annual Meeting starts at noon, but join us at 11:45AM for an informal chat before the event!

POSTPONED! Speed Advocacy: Afghanistan

Today's Speed Advocacy: Afghanistan Facebook Live event has been postponed due to a worldwide Facebook outage. We will update you as soon as possible about rescheduling the event.

Join us for Thankful TogetherWatch performances from cultural groups and immigrants from around Philadelphia.
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