Your support is vital and will make a direct impact to improve the lives of  new arrival community members. Current help is needed at the following agencies in the following ways:

The Bread Project (510-594-1702)

  • Volunteer Title: Job search Volunteers
    Time Commitment: 1-2 hours a week
    Volunteer Description: We would like to have volunteers come in to sit with our job seekers for 1:1 job search services. This can include anything from completing applications, applicant profiles, helping with computer usage, mock interview prep, and cover letter writing.
    Ideal Candidate Description: Someone who is patient and has worked in multiple jobs before and is somewhat familiar with workforce development and working with sensitive, low-income populations. Not all of these are necessary and we are happy to help provide basic training if the volunteer is committed to coming for multiple job search sessions.
  • Volunteer Title: Translators (Burmese, Karen, Karenni, Rakhine, Nepali, Hindi, Tibetan, and Vietnamese)
    56 hours and 14 day commitment for translators. Translators would receive all the same training as well as job search services for 15 months after the 3 week training from The Bread Project. The Bread Project also has staff experienced in helping immigrant and refugee professionals find employment in their professional fields and translators could benefit from these 15 months of follow-up services. (Any organizations that would be willing to supply volunteer translators either are greatly appreciated and can coordinate with Dusty)
    How to Apply: Contact Dusty at to set up a time to meet in person at our facility in Berkeley
  • Donation Needed Clipper or transportation stipends for 14 days
    Who the Donation Will Benefit: Students unable to afford transportation to and from our program as that can be the only hurdle for some of our applicants.
    How to Donate: Contact Dusty at

Burma Refugee Family Network (510-730-2736)

  • Volunteer Title: Volunteer Grant Writer Needed
    Time Commitment: Flexible
    Volunteer Description: BRFN is a small community based organization that is currently experiencing program growth. We are in need of a grant writer or person experienced in the world of Development to assist us in this exciting phase.
    Ideal Candidate Description: Former grant writer or person experienced in Development who would be able to research funding opportunities that fit with our program scope or to help us in writing grants from sources as they are identified. Knowledge or interest in making a difference in new arrival refugee, SIV and asylee communities in the East Bay a plus.
    How to Apply: Contact Executive Director Su Su Maung via email:

Diversity in Health Training Institute (DHTI) (510-838-1110)

  • Volunteer Title: Healthcare Mentor
    Time Commitment: 5 hours per month per participant
    Volunteer Description: Mentors will help mentees with specific questions they have while they are pursuing their degree, connect with their mentee in person at mentor-mentee events set up through DHTI, and call their mentee at least once per month
    Ideal Candidate Description: Anyone with a background in Healthcare
    How to Apply:
  • Volunteer Title: Employment Preparation Specialist
    Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per week per participant
    Volunteer Description: Help participants fill out applications, prepare for job interviews, and develop eye-catching cover letters and resumes
    Ideal Candidate Description: Anyone with experience completing online applications, or helping people prepare for a job by developing cover letters and resumes
    How to Apply:
  • Volunteer Title: ESL/VESL Tutor
    Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per week per participant
    Volunteer Description: Help participants speak, write, and comprehend English in a one-on-one setting
    Ideal Candidate Description: Anyone with a background in ESL
    How to Apply:

Harbor House Ministries (510-534-0165)

  • Volunteer Title: After-School Tutor/Mentor
    Time Commitment: 2-3 hours, once per week.  School-year (3:00-6:00 pm) or summer (10:00 am-1:00 pm).
    Volunteer Description:  Volunteer tutors/mentors will work with small groups of elementary students, helping them with homework and other academic skills, as well as assisting them with enrichment activities.
    How to Apply: Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Denise Lee at  Volunteers must complete an application, be interviewed and trained, and be fingerprinted.
  • Donation Needed Non-perishable food, new/unwrapped toys, gently used clothing

Oakland International High School (510-597-4287)

  • Volunteer Title: Classroom Volunteer
    Time Commitment: Minimum 2 hours/week (one class period)
    Volunteer Description: support teachers and students in the classroom as a classroom aid. Help students understand direction, keep students on taks, and support students as they learn English in the classroom.
    Ideal Candidate Description: patient with students, previous work with students or ESL students is great but not required.
    How to Apply: fill out the volunteer form.
  • Donation Needed Gift Cards for Walgreens, Mi Pueblo, Grocery Outlet
    Who the Donation Will Benefit: Students struggling with food, etc. Many Unaccompanied Minors
    How to Donate: Send gift cards to OIHS, attention Lauren Markham 4521 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94609

Pars Equality Center (650-321-6400 or 408-261-6400)

  • Volunteer Title: ESL class teacher assistant
    Time Commitment: 10-1PM M-F
    Volunteer Description: Support ESL teacher and work closely with the students
    Ideal Candidate Description: Volunteers with teaching experience and fluent in Persian
    How to Apply: Please visit and follow the instructions
  • Donation Needed Please visit to learn and donate to the needed areas
    Who the Donation Will Benefit: Newcomers including refugees and low-income families
    How to Donate: Please visit and follow the instructions

Refugee Transitions (415-989-2151)

  • Volunteer Title: Home-based tutor
    Time Commitment: 2-4 hrs/week, 6 month minimum (adults), 9 month minimum (youth)
    Volunteer Description: We train volunteers to teach English language as well as life, civic, and other essential skills to both youth and adult newcomer students in students’ homes. Youth tutors mentor newcomer children and help them succeed academically, grow their leadership skills, and build supportive relationships with adults and peers. Adult tutors and their students address the skills which the students have identified as the most important.
    Ideal Candidate Description: Patient, dedicated, culturally sensitive, and committed to helping newcomers succeed. English teaching experience is a plus, but not required. Volunteers are not required to speak another language.
    How to Apply: Apply online at:

San Francisco Newcomers Health Program (415-206-8608)

  • Volunteer Title:  Spanish Interpreter
    Time Commitment: 3 hours per month (Friday afternoons 12:30-3:30pm, Civic Center area of SF)
    Volunteer Description: Provide simultaneous interpreting for newly granted asylees at the USCIS Asylum Office for the monthly Asylum Benefits Orientation.  Topics covered include asylee benefits, housing, health care, education, employment, and legal requirements
    Ideal Candidate Description:  Certified Spanish Interpreter proficient in simultaneous interpreting
    How to Apply:  Contact Cristy Dieterich 415-581-2479
  • Donation Needed Interpreting equipment/ headsets for 10-15 people, Need for first 10 headsets Generously Full-Filled by Philanthropic Ventures Foundation in October 2016
    Who the Donation Will Benefit:  newly granted asylees attending the monthly Asylum Benefits Orientation
    How to Donate: Contact Cristy Dieterich 415-581-2479

STAND! For Families Free of Violence (1-888-215-5555 for crisis line and 925-676-2774 for office)

  • Volunteer Title: Various (Office Volunteer, DV Advocate for crisis line/resident support/support groups, Speakers Bureau, Events Volunteer)
    Time Commitment: Varies; For direct client service, a minimum of one-year commitment at 4 hours a week is required
    Volunteer Description: Varies. Please visit for details.
    Ideal Candidate Description: Varies. Please visit for details.
    How to Apply: Varies. Please visit for details.
  • Donation Needed Please call our Development and Marketing Department for most current needs. 925-603-0130.
    Who the Donation Will Benefit: Victims of domestic and family violence, agency and shelter needs, clients served through our youth education and parenting programs.
    How to Donate: Please call 925-603-0130 to coordinate.

Street Level Health Project (510-533-9906)

  • Volunteer Title: Wage Theft Advocate
    Time Commitment: 1x per week, Wednesdays from 5:15PM- 8PM; for a minimum of 6 months.
    Volunteer Description: Street Level is seeking a Wage Theft Advocate volunteer interested in combating wage theft that impacts the Oakland day laborer population in our weekly “wage recovery” drop-in clinic. During clinic, volunteers will initiate the preliminary steps to wage recovery. The Oakland Worker’s Collective is a project of Street  Level Health that connects hardworking, reliable day laborers with homeowners, contractors, small businesses, and nonprofits.
    Ideal Candidate Description: Volunteers receive on-site supervision from Street Level and wage theft training from attorneys at Centro Legal de la Raza. This position is ideal for someone passionate about workers’ rights or who wants to develop advocacy skills to better serve Oakland’s low-wage workers. Candidates DO NOT need a legal background, but Bi-Lingual (Spanish/English) Paralegals and undergraduate students pursuing law degrees are highly encouraged to apply. The position is ideal for a candidate looking to engage in advocacy and learn more about the intersection of labor organizing and employment law.
    How to Apply: E-mail:
  • Donation Needed 200, $25 Gift Cards to Mi Pueblo, FoodMax;  Grocery Outlet; 33 $150 Jetro Gift/Costco Cards
    Who the Donation Will Benefit: Low-wage Day Laborers at 12 hiring stops in Fruitvale District. SLHP is one of the only organization that directly outreaches to Day Laborers at 12 designated hiring stops in Alameda County. Our mobile health program has been assessing workers for  Diabetes and Hypertension. The $25 gift cards will incentivise participation in weekly monitoring sessions conducted by a Field Nurse and Health Educator. The cards will also create access to healthy food for marginally housed immigrants at risk of developing Cardiovascular Disease . The $150 jetro cards will be used to purchase breakfast food items that are handed out at all hiring stops 3 days per week ensuring workers access at least 3 healthy meals each week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday).
    How to Donate:

Vietnamese American Community Center of the East Bay (510-891-9999)

  • Volunteer Title: Computer Class Volunteer Assistants Tues and/or Thurs 11AM-Noon
    Time Commitment: Assistants must be patient and willing to commit to volunteer for at least a month. Classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11AM to Noon.
    Volunteer Description: Help is needed to bridge the technology gap in Oakland. Volunteer assistants will work one-on-one or in small groups to help students to learn how to:
    – use a mouse
    – use a keyboard
    – use the internet
    – create/use email
    – use word processing
    Ideal Candidate Description: Have average to excellent computer skills
    How to Apply:


The East Bay Refugee Forum is grateful to the following for their support:

2010, 2011 Alameda County Board of Supervisors

2012 Alameda County Health Care Services Agency, Alameda County Social Services Agency and Philanthropic Ventures Foundation

2013 Alameda County Health Care Services Agency and Alameda County Social Services Agency

2014 Alameda County Health Care Services Agency and Alameda County Social Services Agency

2015 Alameda County Health Care Services Agency and Alameda County Social Services Agency

2016 Alameda County Health Care Services Agency and Alameda County Social Services Agency

2017 Alameda County Health Care Services Agency and Alameda County Social Services Agency

2018 Alameda County Health Care Services Agency and Alameda County Social Services Agency

In addition, the EBRIF thanks Catholic Charities of the East Bay for ongoing support in the form of General meeting host space.
Lao Family Community Development Inc. serves as the current Fiscal Agent of the East Bay Refugee and Immigrant Forum.