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Catholic Charities Refugee Services

There are many volunteering options at the Catholic Charities of Tennessee Refugee Services. These options include:

  • English Language Tutor: The English Language Tutor’s goal is to assist homebound refugees in learning English.
  • Interpreter -Translation Assistant: Assist refugees by interpreting at various meetings at Catholic Charities or other locations. Translating important papers so the refugee understands specific documents and their importance. Skills of different levels would be evaluated by CC Staff to ensure the most proficient persons possible would work in these capacities.
  • Bus Orientation Assistant - Teacher: Help newly arrived refugee clients learn to navigate public transit.
  • Family Mentor (American Friend): The Mentor’s goal is to be a friend to a newly arrived refugee family, assisting them in acclimating to American culture and their move toward self sufficiency.
  • Office Assistant: The Office Assistant’s goal is to assist program staff in entering data, compiling information for reports, and filing important documents.
  • Personal Shopper Clothing: The Personal Shopper’s goal is to assist refugee clients in selecting clothing items for themselves and their family members that are appropriate for current weather conditions, school, work, and play.
  • Elders Program Assistant: Your goal is to help facilitate a welcoming, engaging, and smooth-functioning social meeting for lively Refugee Elders by working with the Program Coordinator and other volunteers within a fun, weekly program setting.
  • Resettlement Case Aid Assistant: The Resettlement Case Aid Assistant’s goal is to assist program staff with activities that augment basic resettlement services.
  • Youth Program Assistant: The Youth Assistant’s goal is to help refugee students improve their academic performance and attain their goals for the future. (ALL Volunteer’s must be 18+)
  • Transportation Assistant: The Transportation Assistant’s goal is to help refugees safely reach and return from various appointments and specific destinations in a timely fashion.

For more information, please contact Aaron Toran, Jr. via email at or by phone at (615) 248.5989

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Christian Women's Job Corps of Middle Tennessee

Assist men and women who are working to obtain their GED, in one-on-one or small group settings


Mondays, 6pm to 8:30pm also Thursdays, 6pm to 8pm
Math, Reading and Writing

Downtown Nashville

Mondays, 6pm to 8pm also Thursdays, 6pm to 8pm
Math, Writing, Language Arts

Williamson County (Franklin)

Tuesdays, 10:30am to 12 noon also 6:30pm to 8pm
Thursdays, 10:30am to 12 noon also 6:30pm to 8pm
Math, Writing, Language Arts

If interested, contact: Sandy Blackman, 615.244.3669,

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Nashville International Center for Empowerment

The Nashville International Center for Empowerment is a non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to empowering refugees and immigrants of Middle Tennessee through direct social services and educational programs.

Our After-School Youth Program combines PeaceJam activities with one-on-one academic mentoring, empowering youth to become leaders in their community. You’ll meet high school students who are in their second year of school–any school–at age 15. You’ll also meet students who’ve made it through their first few years in the United States, but still don’t feel they quite fit in. Our students are learning to navigate their school, their community, and their lives. Help set the path for their future, and they’ll teach you about what it means to be a new American.

Join us. Do more than tutor. For 2 hours a week, mentor and connect with our learners in ways that will embolden them beyond the school day.

For more information, contact Sarah Russ,, (615)315-9681, or apply online at

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Book’Em / RIF

Book’Em, a local children's literacy nonprofit, needs volunteers for two reading programs beginning in September 2013. Reading Is Fundamental program volunteers read to elementary school children on a monthly basis. Volunteers are assigned a class in one of nine Title 1 elementary schools to read to and distribute new books to them five times during the year. Time commitment is approximately 2 hours per month. Ready for Reading volunteers read to pre-school children on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. This volunteer opportunity allows volunteers to bond with young children while helping them learn to love books and reading. Volunteers read one-on-one or with small groups of children in area pre-schools that serve economically disadvantaged children. Time commitment is approximately one hour per week.

For more information call 615-255-1820 or email for more information.

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