Thanks for your interest in volunteering with World Relief Chicago! Our volunteer opportunities are currently full for this semester. We are not accepting new volunteers at this time, but we look forward to welcoming a new group of volunteers again in January 2019. If you'd like to be notified when our application re-opens in January, please sign up here.
In the meantime, here are five ways you can get involved today:
- Gather a group of friends and read through the new edition of Welcoming the Stranger together. Use our free videos and written guide to launch your group into discussion!
- Learn how to advocate on behalf of refugees and immigrants from Refugee Council USA's advocacy toolkit.
- Visit a refugee-owned restaurant in Chicago! Download our free refugee-owned restaurant guide.
- Sign up to receive our monthly prayer guides.
- Check out our current in-kind donation needs.
(Programs will re-open to new volunteers in January 2019)
Serve as an advocate and mentor for your refugee friend in navigating the American medical system. Assist them in getting to appointments, filling out paperwork, and making sure they have interpretation. Advocate to ensure they receive proper medical care despite cultural and language barriers. Refugee clients include single moms, those with medical or mental disabilities, or those with chronic medical conditions. Good for: individuals, those with medical experience or interests. Commitment: 2 - 4 hrs/week, 4 months. 3-4 appointments required. Locations: Rogers Park, West Ridge, Albany Park, South Evanston, downtown Chicago, Illinois medical district. Occasional possibilities for others, such as south and west sides.
Youth After-School Program Volunteer
Engage with refugee youth through a fun and educational after school program designed to foster new friendships and encourage learning. Help with homework and small group games and activities. Location: West Rogers Park. Commitment: 1-2 days/week, 1 semester minimum commitment; Tues. and/or Wed., 3:45-5:30 pm.
In-Home English Tutor
Help an adult learner practice English in their home. Good for: Individuals, college students. Commitment: 2 hrs/wk, 4 months. Locations: Rogers Park, West Ridge, Albany Park, Evanston. Occasional possibilities for others, such as south and west sides.
ESL Classroom Volunteer
Help out during our daily, on-site morning ESL classes. Dependent upon current classroom needs. Location: World Relief Chicago. Commitment: 2 hours & up, per week, 4 months. Hours are Mon.—Fri., between 9 am & 1 pm.
In-Home Youth Tutor
Serve as a mentor for refugee youth as you help them with homework and learning English. Build friendships with refugee youth and families as you work with their students to excel academically.” Commitment: 2 hrs/wk, 4 months. Locations: Rogers Park, West Ridge, Albany Park, Evanston. Occasional possibilities for south side of Chicago or northern suburbs.
Youth Mentoring Team Leader
Lead of team of Youth tutors by facilitating initial meet and greet sessions between volunteer tutors and refugee families, regular check-ins with tutors and their refugee students/families, providing support and weekly communication between youth program staff and volunteers. This is a high level commitment but a great way to get a broad picture of the refugee community in Chicago! Commitment: 4 hrs/wk, one full school year or 6 months minimum. Locations: Rogers Park, West Ridge, Albany Park, Evanston, Skokie.
Good Neighbor Team
Gather a team of friends and support a new refugee family throughout their resettlement journey! Build relationships while helping them acclimate to the U.S. Cook together, explore downtown, teach them about the CTA, help them to get State IDs. Small groups, couples, families with or without children. Commitment: 1-2x/wk (2 hr minimum), 4 months. Locations: Rogers Park, West Ridge, Albany Park, Evanston.
Medical Appointment Transporter
Are you looking for a practical way to serve the refugee community in Chicago? Many of our clients need rides to medical appointments on a weekly or monthly basis. Assist the Health and Wellness team in getting high-need refugee clients to and from their medical appointments. The volunteer will be working with a variety of refugee clients each time and receiving direction from the medical case manager who arranges all the details of the appointment. This opportunity requires occasional daytime weekday availability and can be done as your schedule allows- as much as multiple times a week or as little as once a month. No medical experience required. Drive your own vehicle or a World Relief Van. Application, Info Session, Background Check, and Interview are all required.
Are you willing to be contacted about last minute tasks? Refugee resettlement work is often unpredictable! We have a list of approved volunteers we email for help with things like airport pickups, moving help, or providing a hot meal for an arriving family. Application, Info Session, Background Check, and Interview are all required.