Thanks for your interest in volunteering with the Ulster Immigrant Defense Network. We invite you to take a look at the following opportunities available as of June 2020. If you’re ready to get started, please complete this form.

Household Support: donate or identify sources for  needed items and drop them off by prior arrangement. Help with “open houses” where families can get food and household items in Kingston or Saugerties. Get details here.

Writers Group: help tell UIDN’s story and the stories of local immigrants by writing for our newsletter or website. Bob Gelbach, bobgelbach@gmail.com, 203-376-8205.

Volunteer Recruitment: call prospective volunteers and help them select opportunities that match their skills, interests, and availability. Helaine Meisler,
helainemeisler@yahoo.com, 914-466-0100.

Fundraising: the team could use one or two additional members. Volunteers also are needed to write thank you notes or design flyers, digital media, and other materials to promote events and programs. Consider becoming a UIDN business sponsor; please see our guidelines here. Stephanie Kristal, skristal55@gmail.com, 845-750-4438.

First coronavirus food distribution

Photo: Jo Salas

Information Management

  • Track questions about available resources and services. Nic Abramson, 845-706-5500, nicabramson@riseup.net.
  • Record basic information about a household’s need for help with rent and utilities and determine how best to help. Patience with details and approximately one free hour are needed. Case management skills hugely welcome. Training provided. Elana Michelson, 845-658-9838, michelsonelana@gmail.com.
  • Assist with our volunteer/donor management program, EveryAction. We need tech-savvy volunteers who know the program or are interested in learning its ins-and-outs. Bob Gelbach, 203-376-8205, bobgelbach@gmail.com.

Volunteers who are fluent in both Spanish and English are needed. 

  • Assist families in filling out applications for local resources. Helaine Meisler, 914-466-0100 or helainemeisler@yahoo.com.
  • Join our helpline. Nic Abramson, 845-706-5500, nicabramson@riseup.net.
  • Translate materials (English ↔ Spanish) so we can share resources and essential information, about education, health, legal rights, politics, and the like. Helaine Meisler, 914-466-0100 or helainemeisler@yahoo.com.

See the What We Do section for more ways to help. If you are ready to volunteer, please complete and submit this form; we will contact you about any orientation or training that may be needed. (For information on how we use information you share, see our privacy policy.)