a crowd-sourced list of ways to support immigrants and refugees where you live.

A week ago, I posted some things in response to a piece of the current political mess that struck a chord deep within me.

I welcomed the criticism. I took a deep breath every time someone told me to stop thinking with my feelings or called me a snowflake. I responded (in most cases). I was written off. I was challenged. Conversations were plenty and thankfully, most of them were really great even if we didn’t see eye to eye.

When it comes to being an activist, I usually feel as if I’m in a weird predicament being so far away from home. But I refuse to believe that being away means I don’t have a role to play. I’ve been writing to my representatives as often as I can. I’ve made donations to organizations supporting those who are being marginalized by this administration.
(Which, hey world, keep at it. Good things are happening because of you).

And I’ve been using social media for the greatest good (or at least trying to do so). Thanks to you guys, friends and strangers alike, I was able to create a list of at least 2 places in each state that do some sort of work to support immigrants and refugees in the community.


I guess I felt like the least I could do from this side of the globe was to take *some* of the work out of it for you at home by helping you find a place to start investing in your communities in new ways.

I think fear makes strangers of people who ought to be friends…and there’s never been a more vital time to stand against that fear.  Having worked in a nonprofit realm I’ve also learned there are times that all the donations in the world pale in comparison to an army of volunteers.

Hit Control+F / Command+F to search for your state. Each organization is linked to a contact or volunteer page. Make a phone call. Send an email. Go meet some new friends. Do some good and find some light in a world that seems to be drenched in darkness.

And again, my same plea from last time stands:

Don’t choose fear. Don’t let fear be chosen for you.

A Crowd-Sourced List of Ways To Support Immigrants and Refugees in Your State

**At time of writing, quite a few of the volunteer programs linked have stopped taking new volunteer applications until the refugee program has been reinstated fully. Regardless, if you see something that strikes a chord in you, submit an application and get in touch with them. There are so many ways to get to know the world outside your doorstep. Staying inside your bubble isn’t one of them.

Also, if there’s an organization you know of that’s not listed – leave a comment or send me an email at chelseyineedtotalk (at) gmail with the subject “Immigrants/Refugees in STATE”**

Catholic Social Services (Mobile)
Dwell Mobile
Asha Kiran (Huntsville)
The Ministry Center at Green Springs (Birmingham)
Boat People SOS (Bayou La Batre)
Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice
Greater Birmingham Ministries
The Literacy Council of Central Alabama

Catholic Social Services 
Literacy Council of Alaska
ChangePoint Ministries (Anchorage)

Refugee Focus (Phoenix, Tuscon)
International Rescue Committee (Phoenix, Tuscon)
Arizona Immigrant and Refugee Services
Catholic Charities Arizona
Arizona Allnation Refugee Resource Center
Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest (Phoenix)
Tuscon Refugee Ministry
Life Bridge (Phoenix)
The Young Center (Phoenix)

Canopy Northwest Arkansas (Fayetteville)
Arkansas United Community Coalition

World Relief (Modesto, Sacramento, Garden Grove)
Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Service (LA)
Opening Doors (Sacramento)
Jewish Family Services (San DiegoSilicon ValleyBerkeleySan Francisco)
International Institute of Los Angeles 
Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services
International Rescue Committee (Los AngelesSan DiegoSan JoseTurlock)
The Young Center (LA)
Immigrant Hope
Tiyya (Santa Ana)
Building Skills Partnerships
Refugee Transitions (San Francisco)

Lutheran Family Services (See opportunites by location on website)
Littleton Immigrant Resources Center
Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition
African Community Center – Denver

Interfaith Refugee and Immigrant Services
Apostle Immigrant Services (New Haven)
International Institute of Connecticut
Hartford Public Library

Jewish Family Services
Latin American Community Center
Catholic Charities of Wilmington

World Relief (JacksonvilleMiami)
Church World Service (Miami)
Lutheran Social Services (JacksonvilleTampa)
Jewish Family and Community Services (Clearwater)

World Relief – Atlanta
New American Pathways
Refuge Coffee Co (go get a cup of coffee)!
Friends of Refugees
Lutheran Services of Georgia
Athens Regional Library System ESL Program
Immigrant Hope 

Hawaii Literacy
The Institute for Human Services
Pacific Gateway Center

World Relief – Boise
Agency for New Americans

World Relief (ChicagoDupage/AuroraMoline)
Refugee One
Exodus World Service
The Young Center

Exodus Refugee
Indy Reads

USCRI – Des Moines
Lutheran Services 

Episcopal Migration Ministries
Catholic Charities

Kentucky Refugee Ministries
International Center of Kentucky

Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge
Literacy Council of Southwest Louisiana

Catholic Charities
Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project
Intercultural Community Center

World Relief (Anne Arundel, Baltimore)
Esperanza Center

Ascentria Care Alliance
Jewish Family Service of the Metro West
MIRA Coalition

USCRI – Detroit
Bethany Christian Services (Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Muskegon)
Samaritas – Detroit
Jewish Family Services – Ann Arbor
Washtenaw Literacy (Ypsilanti)
Thrive Grand Rapids

Arrive Ministries
Minnesota Council of Churches Refugee Services
Lutheran Social Services
International Institute of Minnesota
Minnesota Literacy Council

Boat People SOS Biloxi
Conversation Partner Program — Mississippi State University
Catholic Charities Jackson Refugee Services

New Roots for Refugees
Jewish Vocational Services
International Institute of St Louis

World Montana
International Rescue Committee – Missoula
Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance
Helena Literacy

Lutheran Family Services Nebraska
Refugee Empowerment Center
Lincoln Literacy
Grand Island Literacy Council

Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada
ESL In Home
Las Vegas – Clark County Library District Foundation
Boys and Girls Club

New Hampshire
Ascentria Care Alliance
Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success
Fresh Start Farms

New Jersey
Church World Service
Literacy New Jersey
Literacy Volunteers of Morris County

New Mexico
Lutheran Family Services
Immigrant and Refugee Village of Albuquerque
New Mexico Coalition for Literacy

New York
Interfaith Works Center for New Americans (Syracuse)
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (NYC)
USCRI (Albany)
Journey’s End Refugee Services (Buffalo)
Church World Service (Poughskeepie)
Catholic Family Center (Rochester)
Saint’s Place (Pittsford)
Mary’s Place (Rochester)
Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees (Utica)
Jewish Family Services (Buffalo)
The Young Center (NYC)
Immigrant Hope

North Carolina
World Relief (High Point, Durham)
USCRI (Raleigh)
Church World Service (Durham)
Lutheran Services Carolinas
Interfaith Refugee Ministry (New Bern/Wilmington)
Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency (Charlotte)

North Dakota
Lutheran Social Services (Fargo)
Project English
Global Friends Coalition

World Relief (Columbus, Akron)
USCRI (Cleveland)
Community Refugee and Immigration Services (Columbus)
US Together (Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo)
Refugee Services Collaborative of Greater Cleveland

The Spero Project
Catholic Charities
OKC Literacy Coalition

SOAR (Portland)
Lutheran Community Services (Portland)
IRCO (Portland)
Literacy Volunteers of Greater Portland
Wilsonville Public Library

USCRI (Erie)
Bethany Christian Services (Philadelphia, Lancaster)
HIAS Philadelphia
Jewish Family and Children’s Services (Pittsburgh)
Delaware County Literacy Council (Chester)

Rhode Island
Dorcas International Institute
Catholic Social Services
Refugee Dream Center
English For Action
Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative

South Carolina
World Relief (Spartanburg)
Lutheran Services Carolina
Greenville Literacy Association

South Dakota
Lutheran Social Services (Huron, Sioux Falls)
Reach Literacy

World Relief (Memphis, Nashville)
Nashville Rescue Mission
Bridge Refugee Services (Knoxville, Chattanooga)
Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition

World Relief (Fort Worth)
Refugee Services of Texas (Austin, Amarillo, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth)
Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston
Mosaic Services 
The Young Center
Amaanah Refugee Services (Houston, Austin)

Utah Refugee Connection
Women of the World
International Rescue Committee (Salt Lake City)
Catholic Community Services
United Way
Asian Association of Utah

USCRI (Colchester)
Vermont Adult Learning

Lutheran Services of the National Capital Area
Hogar Immigrant Services
English as a Second Language and Immigrant Ministries
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
Literacy Volunteers of the New River Valley

World Relief (Tri-Cities, Spokane, Seattle/Kent)
Lutheran Community Services Northwest
Refugee Resettlement Office
Pierce County Library
Global Neighborhood

West Virginia
Literacy Volunteers of the Eastern Panhandle

World Relief (Fox Valley)
Lutheran Social Services 
Jewish Social Services
Multicultural Outreach Program
English Language Partners of Wisconsin

Language Exchange Program: Jackson Hole
Immigrant Hope

Washington DC
The Young Center
Lutheran Services of the National Capital Area
CAIR Coalition
Washington English Center


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