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Refugees and Homelessness

American Refugee Committee International - The American Refugee Committee is an international nonprofit, nonsectarian organization that provides humanitarian assistance and training to refugee communities in 7 countries around the world, helping people regain control of their lives. ARC provides shelter, clean water and sanitation, health care, skills training, microcredit education, protection and the needed support to assist people in beginning again.

Coalition for the Homeless - The Coalition for the Homeless offers several rewarding volunteer opportunities for groups and individuals that want to assist homeless men, women and children. Once registered, you can search their database for volunteer opportunities in six program areas: Grand Central Food Program, Camp Homeward Bound, Bound for Success, Development Department, First Step Job Readiness and Training Program, and the Advocacy Department.

Father Joe’s Villages - Father Joe’s Villages is a multi-city homeless rehabilitation organization dedicated to addressing the immediate and ongoing needs of underprivileged children, families and individuals who, for various reasons, have found themselves without basic life necessities. Volunteer opportunities include preparing and serving food or assisting in building maintenance; helping out in their health clinic as a dentist, doctor, nurse or medical assistant; caring for and tutoring children; tutoring adults in ESL, English, math and computers; and assisting residents in one of their residential programs. Search their site for volunteer opportunities at one of their "villages."

Gleaning for the World - Gleaning For The World seeks to provide life-saving support to communities in critical need throughout the world by applying a powerful concept that they call “gleaning.” They provide surplus medical and essential supplies to humanitarian projects worldwide. In addition, GFTW provides expedited distribution channels, efficient logistical support and dependable service between corporate donors and mission groups at the lowest possible cost.

Habitat for Humanity - Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda. It is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian, housing ministry with the mission of eliminating poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. To accomplish these goals, they invite people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need. At this writing they have built over 300,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1.5 million people in 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter.

National Coalition for the Homeless - The National Coalition for the Homeless is a national network of people working to end homelessness through the avenues of public education, policy advocacy, and grassroots organizing. Their work covers four key areas: housing justice, economic justice, health care justice, and civil rights.

Project Mercy - Project Mercy, Inc., is a U.S. based 501(c)3 not-for-profit relief and development agency that promotes education, health care, and other holistic community development projects to create economically independent communities with high ethical and social values.

Refugees International - Refugees International advocates for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people and promotes solutions to displacement crises.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) - The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), also known as The UN Refugee Agency is a United Nations agency mandated to protect and support refugees at the request of a
government or the UN itself and assists in their voluntary repatriation, local integration or resettlement to a third country. In more than six decades, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. Today, a staff of some 7,190 people in more than 120 countries continues to help some 36.4 million persons. Its headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland and it is a member of the United Nations Development Group.

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) - The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants has been helping people flee war and persecution since 1911. USCRI addresses the needs and rights of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide by advancing fair and humane public policy, facilitating and providing direct professional services, and promoting the full participation of migrants in community life. Wide range of volunteer opportunities available.