Northern Area Multi-Service Center of Allegheny County-Community Assistance and Refugee Resettlement


209 Thirteenth Street,
Pittsburgh, PA 15215

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Each year families and individuals from all parts of the world, who have fled their homes in fear of persecution, call Pittsburgh their home. As the largest resettlement program in Pittsburgh, CARR welcomes and assists these refugees as they arrive and resettle in our city.  With the support of the U.S. Department of State’s Reception and Placement (R&P) Program and the United State Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) we provide newly arrived refugees with the basic services and support they need to rebuild their lives.  Basic services include, but are not limited to: Decent, safe, sanitary, and affordable housing,  Essential furnishings, Assistance in applying for social security cards, Assistance in registering children in school & adults in English classes, Transportation to job interviews and job training, Assistance in obtaining health screening and mental health services, Obtaining employment services, Airport pickup, Cultural Orientation classes.

Volunteers work closely with staff members to:

  • Tutor refugees in basic English skills
  • Help refugees write resumes and prepare for job interviews
  • Assist staff with cultural orientation
  • Accompany refugees to various appointments
  • Pick up donated furniture and goods and deliver them to refugees’ new homes
  • Provide basic office support
  • Help staff with publications such as newsletters and brochures
  • Mentor refugee families or individuals

We look for volunteers with:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Flexibility, patience and the ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
  • An ability to work well in a team as well as independently

Helpful, but not essential:

  • Prior experience working with refugees, asylees or immigrants
  • Fluency in another language (Karen, Nepali etc.)
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