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To get involved with helping Afghan and Haitian refugees, please sign up for a volunteer database profile and a new volunteer information session.

Learn how you can use your extra space to provide a welcoming stay for refugees through Airbnb’s Open Homes program.

Help us provide pro bono legal and general services.


There are many areas in which folks volunteer with HIAS Pennsylvania.
Click on the different areas below to learn more about the opportunities and how to apply!

Social Services

  1. Learn about our current social service opportunities, including airport pickups!
  2. Sign up for a volunteer database profile.
  3. Attend a New Volunteer Information Session, offered monthly.

Pro Bono Attorneys

We are currently recruiting attorneys to take on asylum cases. Those without experience are required to attend a HIAS PA asylum CLE which are currently offered twice a year in June and in December.  HIAS PA is a PA CLE accredited provider and a participant in the PA CLE’s Pro Bono Pilot Project.

Fill out an application to learn more.

Special Opportunity: Afghan response

Philabundance is creating culturally appropriate meals for Afghans. Volunteer to help in the kitchen here.

General Pro Bono

Do you have a skill in communications, research, or other general expertise?  These opportunities come and go, but please apply and we will follow up to have a conversation with you to see whether your skills fit our current needs.

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.


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!

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

Temporary Housing

HIAS PA has a partnership with Airbnb’s Open Homes initiative.  Open Homes hosts go through the Airbnb platform to provide free, temporary housing to folks in need as they settle into their new communities.  Hosts have full control over when and who they can accept, and would liaise with a HIAS PA staff member around specific housing requests before making the decision whether or not to accept.  Learn how you can use your extra space to provide a welcoming stay for refugees through Airbnb’s Open Homes program here!

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