A Catholic organization in Oklahoma is asking for volunteers to assist their work with immigrant children being held at Fort Sill.
Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City announced earlier this week that the U.S. government approved the organization start assisting an estimated 1,200 children being housed at the military installation near Lawton. President Barack Obama made the emergency declaration in May for three U.S. bases to house the children fleeing violence in Central America, according to previous reports.
"[Volunteers] will sit down in small groups or individually with people who are there and give little presentations," Deacon Kevin Sartorius said. "Tell them what the process will be now that they are in America now that they are being held in detention."
Organizers told KTUL that Catholic Charities has several staff members at the Fort Sill facility, but that at least 50 volunteers are still needed. At this time, the organization is asking for attorneys, case workers, translators, administrative assistants and videographers.
"I will say at the end the greatest thing those folks will do when they go down there is they will just be a friend, a person who cares for them, a person who gives them hope," Sartorius said. "That's what we are all about."
Anyone interested can submit a volunteer application on the group's website: catholiccharitiesok.org. Applicants will be asked to complete a background check before the application is reviewed.
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