Since 2015 more than one million refugees, fleeing war, persecution, natural disasters, and poverty, have traveled to Greece in search of safety and a dignified life in Europe. Lacking safe and legal alternatives, they put their lives in the hands of smugglers and risk everything during perilous sea and land crossings. In 2016, a series of international political policies have limited immigration out of Greece and as a consequence, more than 60,000 people are currently trapped, scattered across detention centers, abandoned buildings, and makeshift camps. Substandard living conditions and lack of adequate food, medical care, and information have heightened anxiety, depression, and uncertainty, but you can help.
The Female-Friendly Space was developed in response to the unique challenges that women face when their homes have been destroyed and their communities displaced. Volunteers provide companionship, cultural exchange, and moral support, as well as providing activities including arts and crafts, knitting, afternoon tea, and physical exercise. Join us in providing important companionship and facilitating community-building for female residents.
CCS Distribution Center
Your volunteer work will support the needs of refugee families, including much-needed supplies through the CCS Distribution Center. Help uphold human dignity and provide a sense of stability while working in the Center by meeting basic needs for the 850 camp residents with consistency and respect. At the Center, volunteers are responsible for the distribution of milk, tea and hygiene products, as well as running the camp clothing shop.
Refugee Laundry Center
Providing laundry services is important to maintaining a sense of dignity and normalcy in a refugee camp. Through a laundry center on the camp grounds, CCS facilitate the opportunity for residents to do laundry by scheduling appointments, receiving clothing, and operating the machines and center. Your assistance provides an important basic service for residents.
Donate: Support Refugees in Greece
CCS depends on volunteers and donors to operate the Center. If you are not able to give your time by volunteering, you can help support this humanitarian crisis by helping to provide for the sustainable provision of needed hygiene supplies, milk, tea, and clothing. Donate to the Distribution Center at our Refugee Camp to help provide necessary supplies to vulnerable residents.
CCS is honored to manage the operations of a refugee camp’s distribution center in Central Greece, a critical dispensary of milk, hygiene products, and clothing. This camp is one of the largest refugee camps in Greece, with more families coming every day. Over the last year, many international organizations have pulled aid even though the need has never been greater. CCS volunteers, supported by our local team, operate the distribution center and help families meet basic human needs. This is your opportunity to fulfill fundamental human rights for refugees with compassion, dignity, and humanity.
Located at the crossroads of Europe, Africa, and Asia, Greece boasts the longest coastline of the Mediterranean Basin and 227 inhabited islands. The birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, the Olympic Games, Western literature, historiography, political science, and major scientific and mathematical principles, the country retains world-renowned landmarks and historical sites to explore. In Chalkida, the city of "mad waters" and the administrative and commercial capital of the mainland island of Evia, you can take in Greek culture on pedestrian boardwalks or take in a Greek sunset along the waterfront.
Programs are available for 1-12 weeks, with program fees starting at $1990.