The Diocese of Des Moines
Volunteers needed for Refugee Resettlement Program
July 2, 2010
Written By: Megan Thibodeau

July will be a  busy month for Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program as we begin to see arrivals, new staff and completed infrastructure, and truly kick off the new Refugee Program. 


The last few months have been full of trainings, holding meetings with local churches, interviewing, meeting with other agencies who work with refugees and creating the infrastructure needed for the program.  


For those of you who want to help, there are many opportunities to volunteer! One such opportunity is coming up Friday, July 16th.  Volunteers are needed for final unpacking and inventory of our on-site storage.  Some of the necessary volunteer support includes unwrapping, unpacking and unboxing a variety of household goods ranging from lamps to silverware to sheets to glassware.  Some lifting and manual labor will be involved as items are placed on the shelves.  Please wear closed-toe tennis shoes or boots and wear comfortable clothing.

If we secure enough volunteers, we will organize a second volunteer team to inventory our off-site storage unit that same day.  This will involve detailed inventory of the large furniture items secured by that point.  
To summarize:
Friday, July 16th
Where: Catholic Charities - 601 Grand Avenue, Des Moines
Time Frame: 9:00 – finish (or 4:00….whichever comes first!)**
(**Note: If you are only available for half day, you are more than welcome to join us.  Please advise your hours of availability in your email to me.  A light lunch will be provided for those who are present over the lunch hour.)
What: Unpacking; Shelving; Inventory
Please contact us at by Friday, July 9th if you are able to help! Save to