The Angry Tias and Abuelas are seeking volunteers to aid immigrants passing through the McAllen and Harlingen bus stations. Assistance consists of helping travelers understand their bus tickets and any required transfers, providing a US map to route their trip, referral information to pro bono attorneys and other assisting organizations, as well as translation assistance. We also offer help in making phone calls, using vending machines, making currency exchanges, and notifying referral organizations of specific help needed along the way or at their destination.  In McAllen we also explain the information in their packets regarding their upcoming appointments with either ICE, the courts or both. 


Requirements: must be bilingual, empathetic, flexible, patient, and willing to keep a low profile. It is very rewarding work! The people we help are so grateful, having just been released from detention or Border Patrol processing. What we do at the McAllen bus station provides an assist to Catholic Charities, which carries the heavy burden of making bus reservations, providing travel bags, and offering meals, showers and food when there is time to do so. In Harlingen, we provide travel assistance to asylum seekers in partnership with Loaves and Fishes shelter, and both travel assistance and local transport for refugees and asylum seekers in the care of the La Posada Providencia shelter.

Shifts at the McAllen bus station

Monday through Friday

5:15 am - 7:30 am

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Transports for La Posada Providencia

Between 9:00 am and 9:00 pm, and generally require a commitment of 1 hour to 3 hours, depending on the transport need. Transporters must have an active driver’s license, a safe, functioning vehicle, and updated vehicle insurance. Basic conversational Spanish is necessary, with fluency for some transport purposes.”

Shifts at the Harlingen bus station

Monday through Friday

9:00 am – 11:00 am

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm .

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If volunteering at the Brownsville bridge, do you have an American passport?
If volunteering at the Brownsville bridge, do you feel comfortable walking 2 miles do deliver supplies to refugees?