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.
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 800 camp residents with consistency and respect. At the Center, volunteers are responsible for the distribution of milk and hygiene products, as well as running the camp clothing shop. Additionally, we manage a laundry facility so residents have the opportunity to maintain clean clothing.
Refugee Vision Project
Residents of refugee camps were forced to leave their homes with very few possessions, and much-needed eyeglasses may have been broken or lost during their journey, or children may have developed the need for glasses while living at the camp. Across central Greece, CCS provides care to children and families through vision clinics, where volunteers are essential to the screening and selection of eyeglasses to support children in succeeding at school and families to have the dignity and gift of sight.
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, water, and clothing supplies. Donate to the Distribution Center at Ritsona Refugee Camp to help provide necessary supplies to vulnerable residents.
CCS is honored to manage the operations of Ritsona refugee camp’s distribution center, a critical dispensary of milk, hygiene products, and clothing. The Ritsona 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.