Here are some examples of how you can help…
Volunteers are essential in welcoming newcomers. You can put a human face on the United States and help refugees connect with our community. Volunteers, case management staff, and our partner agencies work together to help refugees become self-sufficient. Volunteers act as cultural navigators, orienting refugees to a new community, helping connect them to resources, tutoring them in English, and providing friendship. Volunteers may also assist with airport arrivals, apartment/house set-up, grocery shopping, transportation to appointments, bus training, teaching/assisting Cultural Orientation classes and more. The most important gift you can give is kindness and a warm welcome. Depending on the type of volunteer service you prefer, we may ask for a commitment of up to six or eight months.
One-on-one or group volunteer support
- House cleaning
- Lawn care (mowing)
- Donation coordination
- Housing set-up
- Grocery shopping
- Welcome meal
- ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Tutor for adults/children
- Job Coach
- Resume Development
- Cultural Orientation class assistant
- Transportation (RTA/private vehicle) to appointments
- Budgeting/Financial tutoring
Your in-kind donations help refugees start their new lives on the right food. CSSMV depends entirely on donations of furniture, linens and housewares to furnish and equip refugees’ first homes in the United States.
- Kitchen essentials (pots, pans, dishes, glasses, silverware, etc.)
- Housekeeping essentials (broom, mop, cleaning supplies)
- Pillows (new), sheets, and blankets – Bed-in-a-Bag (Twin/Full)
- Gift cards to grocery or home furnishing stores
- Bus passes
- Laundry soap
- Toilet paper
- Female/male hygiene supplies
- New toiletries & cleaning supplies
CSSMV is a proud partner of the St. Vincent de Paul Community Furniture Bank. This centralized program provides an effective and efficient way for CSSMV to manage furniture donations for refugees as they arrive and move into their new homes. Storage, delivery, and pick-up services are provided by St. Vincent de Paul. When donating furniture, please be sure to advise them that the donation is for the CSSMV Refugee Resettlement Program. Furniture donation arrangements can be made by calling (937) 222-5555 or by completing the online form at https://stvincentdayton.org/conferences-svdp-chapters/bundle-sundays/schedule-a-pickup-form/.
Contact: For information on donations needed or to inquire about volunteer opportunities for our Refugee Resettlement program, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (937)223-7217, ext. 2111 and leave a message.
You can also help support the work of refugee resettlement by making a tax-deductible donation.