Refugees in Tucson

Roberta Elliott, left, a refugee activist from M’Kor Hyim Synagogue, and Mounis Hammouda, a refugee from Gaza, harvest citrus at Swan Lake Estates in Tucson as part of a multi-faith harvest with volunteers and refugees organized by the Iskashitaa Refugee Network on Feb. 4, 2017.

Rick Wiley / Arizona Daily Star

Browse volunteer opportunities on the Volunteer Center at United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona’s website,, click on “find needs” and search for the organizations name.

Iskashitaa Refugee Network Volunteers working with refugees to harvest and redistribute over 120,000 pounds of produce annually from your fruit trees. Looking for volunteers to harvest citrus fruit and looking for residents to donate citrus.

St. Mark’s preschool and kindergarten – Hosting a Fiesta de los Niño’s for children and their families. Volunteers are needed to serve food, help with set-up and clean-up, man the jumping castle, collect tickets at the cardboard maze, and other volunteer duties. The event will take place on Feb. 18.

Arizona’s Children Association – The THRIVE Mentor Program is a one-on-one mentor program that matches volunteer mentors to adolescents aging out of foster care who are in need of positive supportive relationships. Youth in this program are 17 and about to turn 18. Volunteer mentors needed.

Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona – Volunteer needed to assist our marketing team in evaluation of social media and website outreach, include conducting marketing research. Make recommendations to the marketing team, and assist in implementation of recommendations.

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) – Program provides free tax preparation to low- and moderate-income Arizonans and helps them to leverage their tax refunds to achieve greater financial stability. Volunteers are still needed for various roles. Please contact