If you're like me (and probably every other decent person who heard any news at all this week), you're having a tough time sleeping through the night without being haunted by nightmares of infants and children locked in cages, screaming for their families. In fact, you're probably having a tough time getting through the day without thinking about the same thing, too. You're desperate to do something beyond calling your representatives, signing petitions, and donating money... but what? There is another way to lend a hand: by finding volunteer opportunities to help refugee families.
Of course donations are always welcome (and much needed) by the organizations that step up and try to save the day during times like these, but some of them are in dire need of help with actual hands, too. From clerical work to interviewing refugee families to visiting the incarcerated, there's a range of opportunities open right now. Some require volunteers to have a special skill or two (paralegals, lawyers, and people who can speak Spanish are in high demand, as you might expect), while others are limited to certain states or cities. Still, there are ways to volunteer for just about anyone, anywhere. And if you don't find something on this list that you can manage, consider reaching out to local organizations (churches, shelters, etc.). They'll likely accept all the help they can get in their efforts to aid the families suffering in this horrible crisis.
All of that said, you shouldn't stop making phone calls and writing checks and adding your name to lists of resisters. That's all very important work as well, and sometimes it's impossible to really jump in there and get involved on a physical level. But if you can swing the volunteering thing, your help in these areas will be tremendously appreciated. (And you might just feel slightly less powerless.)