How to Help
Two ways to help us accomplish our mission are volunteer and donate. Another way is to Learn More About Immigration and let others know what is happening at our borders. Spread the Word through social media, letters to the editor and the arts. Encourage others to witness the borderlands for themselves. Invite them to attend our annual event, Common Ground on the Border/Border Issues Fair in January.
Witness firsthand what is happening along our southwest border. Join a Desert Search team or a Water Drop team to experience our southwest desert and offer humanitarian aid to migrants who may cross our paths. Before embarking, learn What to Expect on a Desert Trip.
Serve food and converse with asylum seekers and migrants at El Comedor, the aid station in Nogales, Sonora. Support immigrants in Tucson, Arizona by offering donations or volunteering in Shelters for Asylum Seekers.
Join other Samaritans in witnessing Operation Streamline, a fast-track, criminal hearing at the Federal Courthouse in Tucson.
Email Samaritans at Contact Us to make arrangements to volunteer. Do try a variety of activities to see what appeals to you most.
Donations to Samaritans can be made through The Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, which is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
To Donate Online:
Follow the link below to donate via PayPal or debit or credit card. There will be an opportunity to add Special Instructions. This is where to designate "Samaritans" for general expenses such as water, food, blankets, clothing and first aid for migrants; "LifeStraws" for personal water filters; "Vehicles" for replacing or maintaining vehicles for our search and water drop trips; "Asylum" for providing support to shelters for asylum seekers; "El Comedor" for providing humanitarian aid to migrants and asylum seekers in Nogales, Mexico. Anything you give will be very much appreciated. Here is the online link:
To Donate by Mail:
Mail checks to The Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, 17750 S. La Cañada, Sahuarita AZ 85629. On the note line, indicate "Samaritans" or any more specific designation mentioned previously.
To Donate In Kind:
El Comedor, in Nogales, Sonora, Mex., offers hot meals, first aid and empathy to asylum seekers and migrants. If you go to El Comedor on Tuesdays with Shura, you can bring any of these needed medical items with you.
Casa Alitas Welcome Center in Tucson offers asylum seekers medical care, food, clothing, a place to sleep, activities, and help in getting to their family or sponsors as soon as possible. Asylum seekers, primarily from Mexico and the Northern Triangle, are small people; so please give practical, small-sized donations. You may deliver any items on this Casa Alitas donation list to Susie who will get them to Tucson.