Volunteer! Get involved with ECDC/ACC

To learn more about volunteer opportunities come to one of our volunteer orientation. Volunteer orientation takes place every first Wednesday of the month from 6-7p.m. at 8719 Colesville Rd. Silver Spring, MD 20910 and every third Wednesday of the month at our Arlington office (901 S. Highland St. Arlington, VA) . For more information email us at volunteer@ecdcus.org

Volunteer opportunities available at our Arlington & Maryland office.

Volunteer Opportunities

Refugee Resettlement Volunteers

Assist ACC Case Managers in welcoming and providing Reception & Placement services to newly arrived refugee. Help with locating affordable housing, find furnishings and necessary household goods to set up apartment for a new family; provide transportation and accompany clients to appointments, and remaining with them throughout the appointment to ensure its completion (types of appointments include applying for Social Security cards, ESL and school registration, applying for a state ID at a DMV office, trips to the grocery store, and doctor appointments).

Donation Coordinator Volunteer

Help collect and distribute in-kind resources for newly arrived refugees. Resources include hygiene products, kitchen ware and utensils, bedding, towels, cleaning products, and warm clothing.

Refugee Pre-arrival Coordinator Volunteer

Provide a warm welcome to an arriving refugee family by helping to prepare their first home. This may include cleaning the apartment, arranging household items and/or furniture, checking for repairs, and greeting the family at the airport. This is could be ongoing opportunity for volunteer with limited availability during normal ‘office hours’.

Employment Mentor

Provide support and encouragement to new refugees, immigrants, and asylee in search of employment by: assisting in job search application process, practicing interview skills, creating a résumé and providing transportation for job-related activities. Assist staff by organizing employment workshops and support groups. Help a new resident secure employment, while gaining insight to the refugee experience and learning about a new culture.

First Friends

As a First Friend, you will be assigned to a refugee family. The goal of the First Friend Program is for refugees and volunteers to build relationships and participate in cultural exchange as the refugee families resettle. Through this process, refugees and First Friends come to see one another as friends. To be a Frist Friend, whether you are the refugee or the volunteer, is to be a friend, a cultural adviser, a teacher, and a learner.

As a First Friend you can

  Help the family learn about and adjusts to their new culture and environment.

   Help with appointments and social services.

   Provide encouragement and support when needed.

   Assist clients in connecting with community resources.

  Help understand public transportation, food shopping, financial literacy, utilizing the library etc.

   Practice reading/writing/speaking English.

   Be a friend not a case manager.

To volunteer/ with ECDC/ACC you must fill out a volunteer application, attend a volunteer orientation, and pass a background check. Once you have completed the orientation and application process, the Resources Development Coordinator will contact and inform you about the status of your application.

If you're ready to fill out an application, click here