Want to be a volunteer …
No More Deaths has a year-round Desert Aid camp in Arivaca, Arizona. We need the support of longer-term volunteers to keep our camp running all year round. The month-long volunteer program is limited to four volunteers at any time and requires a volunteer commitment of at least one month. Our capacity for training, hosting, and supporting volunteers is limited; we are not able to accommodate groups, nor individuals who cannot stay for at least one month.
Desert Aid runs several week-long spring volunteer programs in March to align with most schools’ spring-break schedules. It is during this time that we are best able to accommodate groups (of up to six). We encourage college and university groups, church groups, and Latinx and immigrant-rights groups to apply, in addition to individuals interested in humanitarian aid and border justice.
During the hottest months of the year, Desert Aid conducts a summer volunteer program to bring in additional volunteers to cover a lot of ground and distribute more water in the desert. We can accommodate groups of two to four people. You can attend for one week or two.
Please apply for the month-long program. We’ll see how it goes, if your staying longer seems to be a good fit. Many of our local volunteers started off as volunteers in one of our programs and then transitioned into volunteering locally.
If you wish to come out to the desert, please apply through one of our programs. The Desert Aid volunteer programs are set up to ensure the most rewarding and valuable experience for everyone. We operate on very limited capacity and therefore we usually do not accommodate requests to come for periods of time other than those set out by the program dates.
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, such as Desert Aid, Keep Tucson Together, the abuse-documentation project, our Nogales projects, and more. Each project has different ways of plugging in and different time commitments: see our local volunteering page for some ways to get involved, whether you live in Arizona all year round or for part of the year.
If you have skills such as (but not limited to) GIS or Spanish translation and would like to volunteer remotely, please contact the volunteer coordinator to see if there are any opportunities with any of the NMD working groups.
Thank you for your support, we really truly couldn’t do it without you. Ways of supporting us include making a financial contribution (consider becoming a sustaining donor!) and getting involved in our fundraising work. See the fundraising page for information and contacts.