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City Description

The Big Apple boasts of cultural and recreational experiences that are not to be missed! Our NYC Mercy Volunteers enjoy outdoor festivals and movie nights in the city’s many parks during the warmer months and museums, cultural events, and the spectacular Christmas and New Year activities during the colder months. Volunteers live in an apartment in Astoria, with several restaurants and parks within walking distance! The daily commute is about 60 minutes on public transportation.

Housing: apartment
Transportation: public
Number of Volunteers: 4

Service Site Descriptions

Catholic Migration Services

Mission: To empower underserved immigrant communities and to provide comprehensive advocacy and legal services to advance equality and social justice in a changing and diverse population.

Catholic Migration Services (CMS) engages in the provision of direct legal services to immigrants in need. CMS provides a broad range of immigration legal services, including preparation of applications for political asylum, family-based immigration, and deportation defense as well as housing and labor-related legal services. Two volunteers are needed as legal assistants to conduct client intakes in Spanish and English to assess client’s eligibility for legal relief under the supervision of legal staff. Fluency in spoken and written Spanish would be helpful, but not required for this position.

Site Details

Website: www.catholicmigration.org
Skills: Social Work, Spanish, Immigration Outreach, Legal Services

Mercy Center Bronx

Mission: To empower women and their families in the South Bronx to liberate themselves from economic poverty and to promote their right to an improved quality of life by addressing the needs of the whole person, developing skills for healthy family living and the economic advancement, and building a community of respect, honesty, and non-violence.

Mercy Center is a neighborhood center for women and families in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx. It offers a variety of programs to a primarily immigrant population (mostly Spanish speaking): Youth Programs, Family Alternatives to Violence, Employment Training, ESL/Immigrant Services, Social Services/Case Management, and Personal Development. A volunteer is needed to serve as youth & social services worker, leading activities for the after-school program, coordinating youth camps, coordinating holiday food and gift programs, assisting with special workshops, and assisting with the various outreach programs. Conversational Spanish is helpful but not required.

Website: www.mercycenterbronx.org
Skills: Social Services, Education, Activities Coordination, Spanish (not required)

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