EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to incorrect information from a source, an earlier version of this article mistakenly identified Amy Wylie as the volunteer coordinator for the Utah Refugee Center, when she has never been affiliated with the organization.
Members of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were called on by their leaders at General Conference to serve the many refugees entering the country and state. A letter addressed to women of the church stated the importance of helping the relief effort.
There are about 60,000 refugees living in Utah, with more than 1,150 coming in every year, according to KUTV. Most are coming from Burma, Iraq, Somalia, Congo and Syria.
There are plenty of resources and organizations in the area where those wanting to serve can volunteer their time and donate money to the cause.
- The Utah Refugee Center provides basic needs and guidance for refugees looking for services. Those interested in volunteering can contact visit their website at utahrefugee.org/volunteer. The organization also has a mobile phone app called "Serve Refugees" for iOS and Android that directs people where to volunteer.
- The Utah Refugee Education & Training Center helps train refugees for the workforce and offers job placement. Those who are interested in volunteering and mentoring can attend an open house. The next one will take place Saturday, April 16, at the center, located in building B of the Salt Lake Community College Meadowbrook Campus at 250 West 3900 South in Salt Lake City.
- Catholic Community Services helps in refugee placement and mentoring. An orientation for volunteers will be held on Thursday, April 21, at the at Joyce Hansen Hall Food Bank at 2504 F Ave. in Ogden.
- The International Rescue Committee conducts a number of projects and advocates on behalf of refugees. Anyone wanting to volunteer or intern with the organization can contact the group at email@example.com.
- United Way’s website provides placement for volunteers for a number of projects including refugee mentoring.
- The Asian Association of Utah’s Immigrant and Refugee Center helps immigrants and refugees integrate into their new lives. Those wanting to volunteer can contact Anthony Roberts at 801-990-9476 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
While some organizations can only take in so many volunteers, most are always in need of donations to support their refugee service programs.
Know of an area refugee service program we left off this list? Get in touch with reporter Andreas Rivera at email@example.com.