Volunteers are vital to the fulfillment of the African Community Center's mission to help refugees rebuild safe, sustainable lives in Denver through supportive networks of people, services, and community activities. We welcome hard-working and passionate individuals who are committed to our mission and values.
ACC is fortunate to have many talented and dedicated volunteers who play an integral role in the work that we do. ACC works with each interested individual to find the best position for them based on their interests, skills, and availability and our organizational needs and capacity.
There are four types of volunteer opportunities available at ACC.
- Safari Thrift Store - Closed indefinitely
- International City Youth Program - ACC hosts International CITY, an after-school drop-in youth center at 1532 Galena St, also known as Mango House. Volunteers for International CITY provide emotional and academic support for refugee youth in the form of homework help/tutoring, assistance with life skills classes, and artistic and athletic enrichment activities. Volunteer opportunities with International CITY are available Monday – Thursday from 4-7 pm at Mango House and for Friday field trips from 4 – 10 pm. THERE ARE CURRENTLY NO VOLUNTEER OPENINGS AT OUR YOUTH PROGRAM.
- Resettlement & Training Programs Support - We also have a need for volunteer assistance in our main ACC offices at 5250 Leetsdale Dr. Within the first couple of months of a refugee’s arrival in Denver, ACC welcomes refugees at the airport, locates housing and provides household and furniture supplies, ensures refugees have food and clothing, arranges health screenings, assists with school enrollment, refers community members to English language programs and helps them navigate social services. Employment assistance is emphasized and various training programs are offered to help prepare new arrivals for the American workplace. Volunteer opportunities with ACC’s resettlement, employment, training, finance and volunteer/outreach departments are available Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm.
- First Friends Program -The First Friends Program matches Denver residents with newly-arrived refugees in a partnership of cultural exchange and support. By providing a warm welcome, friendship, and practical help, First Friends volunteers assist newcomers in becoming self-sufficient and independent as quickly as possible. Together you will engage in activities that promote empowerment, such as understanding public transportation, food shopping, financial literacy, reading/writing/speaking English, utilizing the library, etc. The First Friends Program requires a commitment of at least 3 hours biweekly for a minimum of 3 months. Volunteer times for this commitment are flexible and include evenings and weekends. Current First Friends please click here to access the First Friends Website.
* Please note that most of the refugees we resettle arrive with their families. Therefore, it is best for us to match them with Denver families or with groups of at least 3 people. If you want to apply for this opportunity individually, we can either group you with other First Friends volunteers and match your group with a newly-arrived family, or we can wait for an individual with whom to match you (but this process could take significantly longer).
HOW TO APPLY
If you would like to be involved with the African Community Center as a volunteer, please attend a General Orientation to learn more about refugee resettlement, ACC’s Programs, and our volunteer opportunities and requirements. If you are interested in the First Friends Program, you will need to attend a General Orientation session BEFORE attending a First Friends Orientation. After you have attended orientation, you will be required to submit a volunteer application and a background check before starting.
Please RSVP for the orientation/s you would like to attend by clicking on the link/s below.
General Orientations take place from 5:30-7 pm and are followed by First Friends Orientations from 7:15-8 pm (see above note). Both are held at the ACC offices in Suite 200 on the 2nd floor of 5250 Leetsdale Dr., Denver, CO 80246.
General Orientation: Tuesday, February 7, 5:30-7pm (CANCELLED)
General Orientation: Thursday, February 16, 5:30-7pm (FULL)
First Friends Orientation: Thursday, February 16, 7:15-8:30pm (FULL)
General Orientation: Wednesday, February 22, 5:30-7pm (FULL)
First Friends Orientation: Wednesday, February 22, 7:15-8:30pm (FULL)
General Orientation: Tuesday, March 7, 5:30-7pm (FULL)
First Friends Orientation: Wednesday, March 15, 5:30-7pm (FULL)
General Orientation: Tuesday, March 21, 5:30-7pm (FULL)
First Friends Orientation: Tuesday, March 28, 5:30-7pm (FULL)
General Orientation: Wednesday, April 5, 5:30-7pm (FULL)
First Friends Orientation: Wednesday, April 12, 5:30-7pm (FULL)
General Orientation: Tuesday, April 25, 5:30-7pm (FULL)
First Friends Orientation: Tuesday, April 25, 7:15-8:30pm (FULL)
If you have any questions about getting involved as a volunteer or the ACC, please contact the Volunteer Coordination Staff at email@example.com
ACC WELCOME WALKS
ACC welcomes new friends to learn about our work, tour our programs in action, and sample our We Baked This products. During this session you'll hear about the history of ACC, the basics of refugee resettlement, and about ACC's work of welcoming refugees into our community. You'll meet with ACC's Managing Director and meet several refugees participating in our programs.
ACC's Welcome Walks take place on the 4th Thursday monthly from 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Space is limited. Please click here to RSVP for the March Welcome Walk.