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You can help: Volunteer!

Volunteers support our newest neighbors through in-home and after school mentoring to help them develop English skills, become familiar with American customs, and show them that our city is a great place to live!

How We Help

Volunteers primarily serve JFCS clients as mentors, either during weekly in-home visits or through After School Club. In-home mentors help refugee families navigate life in America during weekly visits to the family’s home, teaching life skills, practicing English and easing general acclimation to Pittsburgh. The Refugee Family Fun Series complements these skill-based activities with opportunities for families to experience American culture in a relaxed entertaining way. Past outings have included holiday parties, trips to the Children’s Museum and Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library, and a game night hosted by students at the University of Pittsburgh.

Andrew Van Treeck, Refugee Volunteer Coordinator| 412-904-5970 | avantreeck@jfcspgh.org

After School Club Mentor, Spring 2019

Enrich the lives of refugee and local youth through homework help and enrichment activities at After School Club. Facilitated by ARYSE (arysepgh.org) and JFCS (jfcspgh.org), this program focuses on supporting youth through changes and challenges while bridging the gap for English learners and the greater community. Mentors will receive training and be supported by program coordinators to help students complete homework, plan for their future, or build identity through enrichment activities.

Spring sessions resume January 22nd and meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 4-6 pm. The club will meet in the West End for K-8 youth, and Duquesne University for high schoolers. Mentors must attend at least 3 sessions each month from January-May. Training and orientation are mandatory and will be provided on Saturday January 19th.

Andrew Van Treeck, Refugee Volunteer Coordinator| 412-904-5970 | avantreeck@jfcspgh.org


Do your part to make Pittsburgh a welcoming city.

How You Can Help

Designated cash donations help us buy and distribute gift cards to local businesses. We accept gift cards which are distributed to families as needed.

We are NOT in need of household goods or food at this time. Donate your household goods to NCJW’s Thriftique, food items to JFCS Squirrel Hill Food Pantry, or call Off the Floor for removal of furniture. Our clients are able to get vouchers to shop in these establishments, and may qualify for food assistance.

Andrew Van Treeck, Refugee Volunteer Coordinator| 412-422-7200 | avantreeck@jfcspgh.org