HIAS INC

Rating: 4.88 stars   32 reviews

Issues: Human Services, Immigration, International

Location: 333 Seventh Avenue 16th Floor New York NY 10001 USA

Mission: As the central migration agency of the international Jewish community, HIAS is guided by Jewish values and our shared history of migrations to: (1)assist Jewish and other refugees and migrants escaping violence, repression and poverty find safety and security in the United States, Israel and elsewhere; (2) facilitate their resettlement and other forms of assistance through a network of local service agencies; (3) advocate on their behalf at the international, national and community levels; and(4)connect each generation of Jews, one to the other.

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I know the HIAS INC. since I and my family came to NYC as refugees. This non-profit organization was very helpful for us. The HIAS on the basis of my scholastic achievements and volunteer work considered me as a contestant for a scholarsip and I was nominated as one of the recepients of it. This helps me to achieve my educational goals and to be helpfull for the society. As a volunteer, I paricipated in a fundrazing activity with the HIAS for Darfure. All activities and communications during my experience with the HIAS have been clear, positive, productive, beneficial for people. Also, the Hias reffered me to a local community organizations, where I can be helpful and apply my scills and knowledge for to help others. For example,I do a volunteer work as a student advisor at the Hillel of Brooklyn College. The HIAS shows an example of helping in different ways to people who need help.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Volunteering, scholarship

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

clarity, positiveness, helpful activities

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

HIAS is an amazing organization that helps immigrants! My family was directly helped by HIAS to come to the US fromt he former Soviet Union. HIAS' Young Leadership chapters also do amazing work in the local community by mobilizing young people to be aware of the plight of refugees around the world and help to raise funds to help them.

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Yes, HIAS helped my family immigrate to the US many years ago! I have been volunteering with HIAS Young Leaders in LA for the past year. I made great friends, learned a lot about refugees around the world and helped to fundraise.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to devote to volunteering

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I moved to the United States from Russian in 1994 and studied hard to learn English and do well in school here. HIAS helped me to afford college, and I am deeply grateful to them. In addition, I was new in NYC last year and looking for a meaningful organization to volunteer with. I found that in HIAS-I attended their "Interview skills" workshop where we helped recent immigrants work on their job seeking skills. In addition, I attended the Presidential election celebration in November 2008. I met some interesting people in the Jewish community and it opened up worlds for me in NYC. So, HIAS provided me with the opportunity to afford college and also give back after I finished with college.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how it went out of its way to engage me in meaningful experiences that were relevant to me.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

create a community for responsible giving in which those it has helped would turn around and give back to the new people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I immigrated from the former Soviet Union in 1994 at the age of 19 arriving in the United States all alone. My immigration was made possible by HIAS, whose main mission has been and is to rescue, resettle and support those in need. HIAS helped thousands and thousands of Soviet Jews immigrate to the States in 1970s-1990ss. I received great education and made a successful career in the US. When I was at the point of my life when I had time to give back, I chose to volunteer at HIAS, the organization that made a profound difference in my life and in lives of others. I was interested in genealogy, so after I joined one lecture given by a HIAS historian and leading genealogist, I volunteered to help with the organization of Roots and History genealogy club and became responsible for planning the club's meetings, lecture topics, club promotion, and member retention. The club was and is a great success. We have a page on MeetUp.com and if you look up Roots & History Club there, you'll see that we have 45 genealogists. Club meetings provided members with hands-on techniques on how to do one's genealogical research, while HIAS's genealogist also read a mini-lecture each time we met on different aspects of Jewish history in the Eastern Europe so everyone could put the history of their family in the context of Jewish history in 19-20th century. I am now on maternity leave and don't manage the club anymore but the work I've done and the value it provided to me and many others was extremely rewarding and inspiring. HIAS never brags about the great work they do, they just do what's important to rescue peo9ple in need and to promote Jewish values and history. For that, I keep this organization in the highest regard, and as soon as I can continue my volunteering there, I will.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

that HIAS helped me and my family to immigrate to the United States where I created a better future for myself. My work at HIAS also opened to me the world of genealogy and made some amazing discoveries in the history of my family.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with like-minded young people who also want to give back and make a difference. It's inspiring and it creates a great sense of community.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

rescue and resettle refugees from Burma (Myanmar), Iran and Iraq, advocate finding solutions to various immigration issues in Washington DC on a much larger scale, provide bigger scholarships to gifted Jewish students, organize more community projects.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

HIAS is an organization that has really helped people all over the world. HIAS assists in resettling refugees and has done the same for my family and me. In addition, HIAS award scholarships to refugee children in need and I was a beneficiary of such a scholarship. Their actions speak louder than words.

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It assisted my family and me as refugeess to settle into the US. It also awarded me with a scholarship towards college.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It is an organization that really wants to help make a difference in people's lives so that they are not persecuted in their home countries.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Figure out ways to put the money to best use.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

HIAS helped my family come to the United States from the former USSR. It's an organization that helps everyone instead of only focusing on jews. It's a pleasure to support a non-profit that I know, first hand, has helped so many people.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help thousands of refugees find a better life, with opportunity and freedom. HIAS could continue to give individuals the possibility and potential to make a life for themselves, like so many immigrants have had the privilege to do.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

-- Hias helped me and my family to emigrate from Iran to USA. With out this organization, we would still be in IRAN and have to deal with prejudice and religious persecutions. -- Also I received multiple scholarships from Hias, which helped my tremendously with my financial hardship at the time. -- I volunteered at Hias for about 2 years. We had fundraising events… we had programs to help new immigrants…

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my life through the services they provide me and my family to emigrate to USA.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ways to make it better...

-- there was a better and well-organized Housing service in Vienna -- there were intensive English lessons in Hias while we were waiting for our visas.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005-5-01

Rating: 4 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

HIAS is a wonderful organization with a team of committed volunteers. I felt welcomed and appreciated as a volunteer, and admire the work that they do for the community, and for immigrants generally.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

committed, well-informed, bright, and kind

Ways to make it better...

I could have kept coming!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

HIAS helped us through our journey to the U.S. We obtained U.S Visa and received our Green Cards after 1 year with the help of HIAS. In addition I received scholarship in order to pay for my education expenses. My family and I appreciate their help.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

arriving to the U.S and continuing my education with their help.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-7-01

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer with HIAS in their Young Leaders program for the last two years and we always say that once you get involved with HIAS you can never leave! HIAS is an amazing organization that truly cares about every immigrant and refugee population worldwide! They take the Jewish Perspective of Welcoming the Stranger and practically and pragmatically apply this philosophy (successfully) in all the resettlement and assistant programs they provide, both in and outside the U.S. I look forward to continue to work with them!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The respect the organization receives on Capitol Hill...and I meet families on a weekly basis who were helped by HIAS over the last 50+ years!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The people who work and volunteer with HIAS truly are open minded and want to help all communities. They treat others as they want to be treated.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Intelligent and passionate about the organization.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Up their percentage of how many refugees/immigrants/asylum seekers they could help resettle.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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