City Seeking Bilingual Volunteers to Help Asylum Seekers Traveling to San Antonio Airport

Some migrants stay up to three days to visit their host families across the country.

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Food Bank is looking for bilingual volunteers to lend a hand as the organization works to help asylum seekers who spend long periods at the local airport en route to their homes. host families – some of them as long as three days.

Specifically, the city said volunteers will help migrants navigate San Antonio International, print boarding passes and provide essential basics. Anyone who decides to help will receive masks, hand sanitizer and other protective gear as long as the coronavirus threat persists.

City officials told KENS 5 this week that they are “coordinating with nonprofit partners to welcome and assist migrants crossing San Antonio en route to their host family destinations across the country.”

A KENS 5 crew at the airport noticed a sleeping child on a cardboard box, putting the situation of some migrants into perspective.

The city says most migrants arriving through the airport leave within 24 hours, although some will stay overnight.

Three shifts of volunteers are offered daily, from 9 am to 2 pm; 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. You don’t have to speak Spanish, but the food bank says bilingual volunteers would be especially helpful.

Anyone interested can register here.

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