How to get involved as an Arizona resident!
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us! The ongoing work of No More Deaths depends on a strong network of local volunteers, who organize, plan, support, and lead all aspects of our projects.
We have many different working groups within No More Deaths that are seeking volunteers to sustain the work that we do.
What we do: No More Deaths maintains a year-round humanitarian presence in the deserts of southwestern Arizona. We work in the remote corridors into which migration has been pushed, hiking the trails and leaving water, food, socks, blankets, and other supplies. Under the direction of our medical team, volunteers provide emergency first-aid treatment to individuals in distress.
COVID-19 Update: Normally, a core group of 4 “month-long” volunteers provide consistent coverage for 4 weeks at a time, supported by long-term local volunteer facilitators. Due to the pandemic, we have suspended our formal “month-long” program, as many of those volunteers travel from outside of Arizona and we do not want to raise the risk of COVID being transmitted within our humanitarian aid stations to people we stand in solidarity with.
In order to build volunteer capacity to staff our humanitarian aid camps, especially during these summer months, we are inviting Southern Arizona locals to apply to become part of No More Deaths Desert Aid. Building more ways for locals to plug into Desert Aid work has long been a goal of the organization, and we would love for you to apply to join us.
Volunteer opportunities: Please read our FAQ & note some differences between volunteering as a local vs. as a month-long volunteer:
- Local volunteers will largely be staffing our humanitarian aid camp, not doing water drops in the field — this is because our need for camp coverage is high right now. We have other ways our water drops are being covered right now.
- Local volunteers are able to go out as their schedule allows vs. committing to an entire month of Desert Aid work. Most current local Desert Aid volunteers go out for anywhere from 5-20 days a month, usually in 2-5 day periods.
- NMD cannot provide housing for local volunteers.
- There is no fee requirement for local volunteers — we appreciate you stepping up during this increased time of need!
What the on-boarding experience would look like:
- Apply to volunteer. We are prioritizing people who speak Spanish and/or have medical experience (WFA/WFR, EMT, street medic, RN, MD, etc.), but many other skills are needed and welcome. Also please note that we may not be able to accommodate all volunteers at this point!
- Participate in a short phone interview with current desert aid volunteers
- Attend a virtual Zoom training if you have not attended a recent NMD training
To get involved: For new volunteers, please fill out this form. If you have been previous NMD volunteering experience, please fill out this form. After you fill out an application, our volunteer coordinator will contact you about your application.
For more information contact: Yanely, our volunteer coordinator at Volunteer@nomoredeaths.org .
SEARCH AND RESCUE
What we do: The Search and Rescue/Recovery (SAR) team is a working group of No More Deaths comprised of volunteers from various areas in the Southern Arizona borderlands. The project consists of an Arizona search and rescue phone line, and search and rescue response teams. It runs additional supporting projects, such as distribution of harm-reduction information and
Volunteer opportunities and requirements: There are currently three different volunteer opportunities within SAR: Volunteer Phone Line Operators, Search Team Leader, and Search Team Member.
Volunteer Phone Line Operators must: be fluently bilingual in both English and Spanish; be willing to speak directly to law enforcement and border patrol when needed; have access to computer with internet for entirety of shift; have completed basic NMD training and Hotline Operator Training, have a basic geographical understanding of borderlands. When considered active, volunteers must commit to two shifts a month, and attend the SAR team meetings and/or read meeting minutes to stay appraised of changes in phone line protocols.
Search Team Leaders must: have experience as a search responder; respond to text/email by hotline operator with the indication that they want to assemble a search team to respond to a case, communicate with Search Team Members and brainstorm where to
gather additional person resources if those are needed; plan and/or delegate planning the search and gathering necessary resources (maps, GPS, radios, vehicle); communicate directly with family of missing person if appropriate ; communicate with law enforcement if necessary and appropriate; be responsible for communicating what was done back to working group, in a meeting or a write-up.
Search Team Members must: have attended a NMD or Samaritans training, or have previous involvement with another group that we regularly work with (for example Aguilas del Desierto, Armadillos Busqueda y Rescate); respond to delegating requests from Search Team Leader, or volunteer assistance with search organization; follow through on commitments made or let the Search Team Leader know that you can’t; be personally prepared with your own gear and supplies.
For more information please get in touch by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
KEEP TUCSON TOGETHER
What we do: We are a 100% community based Immigration Clinic set out to help everyone in Tucson and Pima County who are going to immigration court to be deported from the country. We help people fight their immigration cases to be able to stay in the country with their loved ones and not be torn apart from each other.
Volunteer opportunities and requirements: We have various volunteer opportunities, from short-term to long-term. We have a need right now for long-term volunteers who are able to help out in preparing clinics cases for court by attending ether Thursday Night Clinic or Saturday Clinic. We also have a KTT specific volunteer form where you can sign up and will be receiving more information on volunteers task needs.
For more information contact: Raymundo Montes or Philip Stump Kennedy, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, message us at our Facebook page at Keep Tucson Together. Everyone is welcome to attend and see our clinics in action, we have a clinic every Thursday night at Pueblo HS in the school Cafeteria from 5:30-7: 30 pm, or every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at Sam Lena Library from 1:30-4:30.
AID IN NORTHERN MEXICO
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What we do: The Abuse Documentation team works on long-term collaborative projects researching, documenting and exposing patterns of abuse against migrants at the hands of Border Patrol and other governmental officials. We are currently working on the third installment of the report “Disappeared: How U.S. Border Enforcement Agencies are Fueling a Missing Person’s Crisis” (www.thedisappearedreport.org).
Volunteer opportunities and requirements: Potential volunteer tasks include research support/data collection and editing (as well as other minute tasks as they arise). We generally require a longer-term commitments from volunteers and seek volunteers who can regularly attend meetings. *Note, at this time, Abuse Documentation is not taking new volunteers. If you’re interested in volunteering in the future, please reach out after the release of our current project, Disappeared pt III*
For more information contact: email@example.com
What we do: Support all the work of NMD with fundraising through: individual and corporate contributions; churches, religious organizations and other non-profits; event fundraisers; and grants.
Volunteer opportunities and requirements: Volunteer opportunities include: organizing and tabling fundraising events; grant research and writing (grant writing experience needed); data entry for donations; and budgeting/ finance technical assistance (non-profit budgeting/ finance experience required).
For more information contact: Celia Bavier, Fundraising Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
What we do: We do the behind the scenes work to keep our Desert Aid program running.
Volunteer opportunities and requirements: There is always need for folks willing to help out with errands around Tucson! This could include grocery shopping, doing laundry, helping with cleaning tasks, making copies, picking out-of-town volunteers up from the airport, helping with food prep for trainings or other volunteer events, and other miscellaneous tasks.
For more information contact: MC, Logistics Coordinator: (520)307-2626 or email@example.com
What we do: We manage incoming media requests, give interviews, and work to share information about our work with local, national, and international journalists.
Volunteer opportunities and requirements: We’re looking for folks who are eager to spread the word about our work! Given that working with the media team requires detailed knowledge of NMD and how we operate, we’re looking for volunteers who already have some months of involvement with other working groups within No More Deaths. We’re particularly interested in Spanish-speaking volunteers, and people who are able to make a long-term commitment.
For more information contact: Paige, Media Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
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We are always looking for ways to strengthen our ties to the communities of Arizona. If you have ideas, please share them with us!