Volunteer Opportunities

WELCOME! We are so excited you are here.

Before we even begin, we want to say thank you. Thank you for your interest in serving refugees and immigrants. Whether you have been touched by a story, a friend, or a life, we are so happy you are interested in walking alongside our friends.



Citizenship Workshop Volunteer

Help clients apply for citizenship at our monthly workshops. No experience necessary. Short, online training provided. Good for individuals, small groups, Spanish-speakers, immigration advocates, individuals with a legal background. Commitment:  one-time, half-day. Locations: Albany Park and nearby neighborhoods. 
Next workshop:   TBD

5k Race Day Volunteer  

Looking for enthusiastic people to help with Course Set-up, Registration, Start/Finish Line, or Water Station! Volunteers will receive a free race t-shirt!

Date: Saturday September 9th, 2017

Location: Bunker Hill Forest Preserve, Chicago IL

Sign Up HERE



Health Advocate

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:  individiuals, those with medical experience or interests. Commitment:  2 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.

In-Home Adult English Tutors

Help your adult learner practice English. 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.

Youth Summer Learning Program

Engage with refugee youth through a fun and educational summer program designed to foster new friendships and encourage learning throughout the course of the summer.  Help coordinate a summer soccer program, assist in leading youth field trips, or participate in daily small group games and activities. 
July 3 -  August 11, 2017.  Monday – Friday, 2:00 – 5:00 PM.  At least 1x/per week commitment for the full session.

ESL Classroom Volunteer

Help out during our daily, on-site morning ESL classes. Dependant upon current classroom needs. Location: World Relief Chicago. Commitment: 2 hours & up, per week, 3 months. Hours are Tues.—Fri., between 9 am & 12 pm.

Women's Wellness Class Volunteer

Assist World Relief and The Kedzie Center staff in developing weekly activities, discussions, and/or workshops in alignment with the “Pathways to Wellness” curriculum. In collaboration with the second volunteer, develop weekly welcoming ice-breakers/activities. Using Women’s Wellness funds, purchase snacks and beverages prior to classAssist World Relief staff in providing reminder calls to refugee participants when needed. Commitment: Wednesdays 1:30 - 3:00pm, 3 hours/per week, 3 months. Classes start May 17th, 2017. Location: World Releif Chicago. Must attend a pre-session meeting with World Relief and The Kedzie Center staff.

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. The possibilities are endless! 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. Occasional possibilities for others, such as south and west sides. Find more information on Good Neighbor Teams HERE

On-Call Volunteer

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, Orientation, Background Check, and Interview are all required. 


Ready to Volunteer?


Have more questions? Check out our FAQ page


Got Professional Skills?

Offer your time and expertise to serve our office and clients! In the past we've been blessed by:
  • Videographers
  • Photographers
  • Attorneys
  • Chefs
  • Yoga Instructors
  • Business Consultants
  • Graphic Designers
  • Musicians
  • IT gurus
  • and many more!

Contact Becca Sheehy (rsheehy@wr.org) to offer your skills.


Other ways you can make an impact in the lives of refugees.

  • Advocate for refugees now. Far too often, the voices of the poor and oppressed have been marginalized or silenced. These communities need advocates to speak on their behalf. You can be that advocate today.
  • Pray for the vulnerable. One of the most impactful ways you can stand with us is through prayer. We believe God truly hears our prayers and works to bring hope and healing.