Volunteer! Get involved with ECDC/ACC

To learn more about volunteer opportunities come to one of our volunteer orientation. We require that all volunteers attend an information session. Once a month, on a varied date, we hold a session at our Silver Spring office (8121 Georgia Avenue, Suite 800, Silver Spring, MD) at 6:30 pm. For the specific date this month, please email the volunteer coordinator volunteer@ecdcus.org. Every third Wednesday of the month, we hold a session at our Arlington office (901 S. Highland St. Arlington, VA) at 6PM. All sessions last for about one hour. If these times are not convenient for you, information sessions can also be arranged by appointment during regular business hours at our Arlington location.

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).

Donations 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.

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 resumé 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

By far, our most popular volunteer opportunity. You will be matched with a refugee or asylee family and act as a guide or mentor. These clients may need help looking for jobs, practicing English, learning public transportation, getting acquainted with American culture, becoming comfortable with their new community, or having homework assistance for their kids. The First Friends program can be done anytime, including weekends. All clients live in Maryland.

Event Volunteer

Volunteers are welcome at our events! Some of the events for which we always need help include Thanksgiving Dinner and World Refugee Day. We can also accommodate large groups for one time volunteering events for our donation room at our Arlington office.

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.

Client Services Volunteer

Another opportunity in the Arlington office is with our Client Service Coordinator who assists mainly asylees. ACC looks for volunteers who can help manage a client resource directory and organize the donation room, in addition to other tasks.

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