Current Volunteer Opportunities:
Clothing Bank Ministry: A team of volunteers opens the Clothing Bank each week to distribute clothing to refugees and local residents from the neighborhood. We meet shoppers with a variety of needs, and welcome the opportunity to show love and care to people from Cleveland and around the world.
Volunteer opportunities are available for men and women to provide a warm welcome to shoppers, assist them during their shopping experience, and sort and restock clothing. Volunteer hours are Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:45-1:00. Volunteers are welcome to come once a week, once a month, or whenever their time allows. For more information, please contact Joan Laux, Clothing Bank Coordinator, at 216-431-7200.
Refugee Mentor: To refugees arriving in Cleveland, having a friend to walk beside them during this time in their life means so much. Mentors are extremely valuable, and provide a warm welcome and support during a time of many unknowns.
Mentors play a huge role in helping refugees acclimate to their new life in America. They share friendship and time together, and provide stability and encouragement. Mentoring activities can include practicing English, sharing American norms and culture, and assisting with tasks such as banking, shopping, and using American appliances. Social encounters are always enjoyable-a home visit, tour of the neighborhood, or trip downtown can be extremely meaningful for a refugee new to this area.
Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) provides case management and in-depth resettlement support to refugees after they arrive in Cleveland. Especially in the first months after arrival, caseworkers and mentors work together to connect refugees with vital services, programs, and guidance.