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.
During this difficult time for refugee resettlement, ACC's Volunteer Program has received an incredible outpouring of new interest. We can't thank you enough for your desire to be a part of a welcoming and supportive community for refugees and immigrants resettling in Denver.
As a result, our volunteer opportunities have shifted to also include critical assistance with advocacy and fundraising efforts. By attending a General Orientation and completing the subsequent paperwork, you will learn about the work we do and be cleared to serve with ACC as a volunteer. We might not be able to place you in a volunteer role immediately, but we would love to add you to our volunteer contact group so that you are notified of needs as they arise. You can still get involved with ACC immediately by supporting our fundraising or advocacy efforts or attending one of our community events.
Examples of current volunteer roles include assisting with transportation to weekday appointments, teaching our community members how to navigate public transportation, providing weekday classroom support to our We Made This sewing training program participants, and serving as a Welcomer on weekday evenings at our after-school youth program, International CITY.
- 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. Due to increased numbers of volunteer applicants to this program over the last few months and the moratorium on refugee resettlement, we are currently looking at a waiting period of about 3 months for new volunteer applicants to be matched with a refugee family.
* 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 2 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.
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.
Orientations are held at the ACC offices in Suite 200 on the 2nd floor of 5250 Leetsdale Dr., Denver, CO 80246. Orientations have been filling up very quickly. If there are no available Orientations listed, please check back in a couple of weeks. We appreciate your patience!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 sign up for the May Welcome Walk on 5/25.