About “Berlin hilft”

This site bundles all “Berlin hilft” (“Berlin helps”) initiatives for refugees. It serves to coordinate and list demand: for volunteers as well as for donations of clothes, food etc. supporting Berlin’s refugee centres and refugee help initiatives.
Besides an overview of all initiatives in Berlin you may find here addresses and contact persons.

We list current demand for several city district-based initiatives such as:
Charlottenburg hilft
Hellersdorf hilft
Karlshorst hilft
Kladow hilft (Parkviertel)
Kreuzberg hilft
Lichtenberg hilft
Pankow hilft
Willkommen in Marzahn e.V.
Moabit hilft (“LaGeSo”)  (Berlin Health and Social Charity State Agency)
Schöneberg hilft
Spandau hilft (Koordinationsteam BAMF – Außenstelle Berlin)
Wilhelmstadt hilft (Schmidt – Knobelsdorf Kaserne)
Willkommen in Westend (Olympiapark)
Willkommensbündnis Steglitz-Zehlendorf

Please relay current and latest demand only. The menu “offer” lists offers of help, translators, escort for administrative proceedings, driving services, and childrens’ day care. Concerning these please do send us an e-mail: fluechtlingsnetzwerkberlin@gmail.com. Or contact us via our facebook group “Netzwerk-Flüchtlinge Berlin“.

One last item: this blog is run by volunteers. Its sole purpose is to network and coordinate help offers and demand. Therefore comment and discussion functions of this website are not activated. We try to keep demand lists updated, but cannot guarantee this absolutely in all cases. Please keep this in mind! Thanks a lot!


  1. Register at the data­base for volun­teers and help other for­eign­ers, the eld­erly, dis­abled people, kids etc.. You can also dir­ectly apply online at the “Ber­liner Stadt­mis­sion” by filling out a pro­file with your pref­er­ences for work and time. Look at the checkslist and updated sheet.
  2. Donate your (old) stuff effortlessly  – There’s only few things that couldn’t help someone in need and not make a great dif­fer­ence, but before you loot your base­ment, get in touch with one of the many organ­isa­tions coordin­at­ing the help.
  3. Help translate for refugees or teach german (with or without formal training) - and start with your own language class soon.
  4. Rent out your free room. There is an offi­cial chan­nel to do that on “refugees welcome”, but that seems to take a lot of com­mit­ment (although you can use the site , to simply connect to refugees, even if you don’t have a free room, so that’s great).
  5. Con­sider employing a refugee, a web­site where employ­ers can find skilled refugees. The job fair ser­vice is free of charges and aims to estab­lish con­tact, get both sides together so they can gain some lever­age to bet­ter over­come admin­is­trat­ive barriers.

Pro-Tip: you could also pre­pare little emer­gency packs and hand them out by your­self to those in need (people camp­ing in front of the LaGeSo, but also at any other place). Those emer­gency packs could con­sist of hand-sanitizer, tooth­brush, wet wipes, water, some nuts,  and other small, use­ful things.