Philadelphia, PA

Augustinian Defenders of the Rights of the Poor

In their own words:

ADROP (Augustinian Defenders of the Rights of the Poor) seeks to serve the needs of the poor and marginalized, especially immigrants and migrants in the Philadelphia area. Historically, ADROP has served the people through a medical clinic, legal support, an inner city Catholic school, English as a Second Language (ESL), the imprisoned and those released from prison.

How AVs serve at ADROP:

The volunteer serves as an Administrative Coordinator overseeing the selection, orientation, training and scheduling of volunteers, as well as community outreach and education. They are involved in all of ADROP’s programs including the Unity Health clinic, distance learning as St. Anthony of Padua School and a variety of restorative justice initiatives.

Our Mother of Sorrows/St. Ignatius of Loyola School

In their own words:

We are a Pre-K to 8th grade catholic elementary school in the heart of West Philadelphia.  Families have relied on Our Mother of Sorrows / Saint Ignatius School to help their children reach their God-given potential for over 130 years.

We believe in educating the whole child.  Our teachers are able to focus on individualized learning because we limit the size of our classes. Children benefit from weekly classes in art, music, technology and gym. We offer reading support programs for all of our students and math challenge groups as well. Our safe and supportive environment allows students to focus on their personal and academic development.

How AVs serve at OMS/St. I’s:

The volunteer serves as a School Aid, dividing their time equally between the 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades. They assist the teachers with daily lessons, mentor and tutor children in small groups, and help with daily teacher duties such as recess supervision and general classroom organization.

HIAS Pennsylvania

In their own words:

The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (“HIAS”) Pennsylvania was founded to provide services to Jewish immigrants and refugees fleeing persecution and seeking opportunity by migration to America. Based on the tradition of “welcoming the stranger,” HIAS Pennsylvania provides legal and supportive services to immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers from all backgrounds in order to assure their fair treatment and full integration into American society.  HIAS Pennsylvania advocates for just and inclusive public policies and practices.

How AVs serve at HIAS:

The volunteer serves with the Asylee Outreach Project as an Asylee Navigator, providing initial assessment, information, and case management services to clients. They accompany clients experiencing difficulties in accessing services and advocates against structural barriers in government systems that hinder asylee self-sufficiency.