Welcome and thanks for your interest in volunteering with World Relief Chicago!
 

COVID-19 FOOD RESPONSE

 

UPDATED 5/20/20

In the month of May, we worked with volunteers, local churches, food banks, and partner organizations to make over 80 deliveries of dry goods and fresh groceries to 35 families highly impacted by COVID-19. Can you help in June?
 

In order of priority, we are looking for: 
 

  • Volunteers who can commit to performing weekly grocery deliveries for 5 weeks. This includes a financial commitment of $20-$40 per week to purchase perishables like meat and fruit. Non-perishables can be picked up from the WRC office. 
     

  • Volunteers who can commit to a one-time purchase and delivery of all perishable and non-perishable items for a family. This includes a financial commitment of roughly $150 to purchase the items.
     

  • Volunteers who can help with deliveries, even though they may not have the budget to purchase groceries. 

 

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We will get back to you shortly with more details and next steps. 

*NOTE: Our volunteer team will provide guidelines on how to conduct safe, contact-less deliveries that follow CDC guidelines. ​
 

ADJUSTED VOLUNTEER PATHWAYS DURING COVID-19    

We offer unique cross-cultural volunteer opportunities that will help you build relationships with asylees, refugees, and other immigrant populations in Chicago! As of June, we will re-launch some of our normal volunteer programs in a modified virtual form, with the hope of transitioning the connections to in-person ones over the next few months. Meanwhile, our coordinators will help you explore your interests and discover your strengths while supporting you practically, spiritually, and emotionally to serve others well. 

We aim to provide our volunteers with ways to connect with one another to build community, provide networking opportunities, and see the collective impact of the WRC volunteer team working together to make Chicago a more welcoming place for immigrants. 

Volunteer cohorts are formed four times a year and most require a 6 month commitment. (Summer volunteers and College students may serve for a shorter period of time.)
 

  • WINTER COHORT     January through July

  • SPRING COHORT      April through October

  • SUMMER COHORT   June through December

  • FALL COHORT          September through March

VIRTUAL OPPORTUNITIES 

Young Adult Mentor

Work with young adults between 18-24 years old to help them advance toward educational and vocational goals. Mentors will be paired with a mentee over video call and communicate virtually until it is safe to meet in person. They will meet once a week for six months, providing support as their mentees work toward college or workforce development goals. Location: West Ridge, Rogers Park, Albany Park, or other neighborhoods primarily on the north side of Chicago. Commitment: Two hours a week for six months.

Health Advocate

Provide friendship and support remotely to a refugee or asylee individual or family who is facing extra challenges or barriers to receiving the services they need, or is simply experiencing additional stress under COVID. These positions are tailored to the needs, availability, and skills of specific immigrants and volunteers. This could mean remotely helping them learn to use different types of technology, and/ or using technology to connect with them (reading stories to kids, practicing English, getting to know them and sharing about yourself). It could also include sending cards or care packages, or remotely helping them to access services that they need with the support of a case manager. Commitment: Weekly contact which will hopefully be able to grow into in-person contact of 2-4 hours per week. 6 months..

Adult English Tutor (1on1 or Classroom Assistant)

Currently, we are only placing tutors with students in online settings. Additional remote training specific to online tutoring will be provided. Volunteers must have a computer and/or smartphone as well as a strong internet connection.

1on1. Connect with a refugee/immigrant background adult to help them learn English through online platforms such as Zoom and WhatsApp. Tutor will create weekly lessons and practice conversational speaking. Training will be provided before being matched. The commitment is 2 hours/week, for 6 months (after training is completed). May lead to in-person sessions at the student’s home in the Fall as local social distancing guidelines permit. Most students live in Rogers Park, West Ridge, Albany Park, and Evanston, with occasional students on south and west sides.

Classroom Assistant. Help refugee/immigrant background adults learn English in a WRC online classroom (through platforms such as Zoom or WhatsApp). Tutor will be under guidance of teacher to work with students in small groups (Zoom Break-Out Rooms). Training will be provided before being placed with a teacher. The commitment is 1-2 hours/week, for 6 months (after training is completed). Classes occur between 9am and 1pm online. May lead to assisting in-person in our on-site classes in Albany Park in the Fall as local social distancing guidelines permit.

ONE TIME OPPORTUNITIES:

Community Outreach Volunteer

Do you like being out in the community and getting to know your Chicago neighbors? We need volunteers to hand out ESL Class Registration flyers at hair salons, laundromats, currency exchanges, restaurants, libraries, etc. in Albany Park and surrounding neighborhoods. Great for groups or individuals! We will provide the flyers and brief training instructions, over the phone or in person. Please complete this online form to sign up for more information or schedule a time to volunteer. (Application/Info Session/Interview/Background Check not required.) 

 

Ready to Apply?

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As you prepare to get started as a volunteer, here are five things you can do TODAY:

  1. 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! 

  2. Learn how to advocate on behalf of refugees and immigrants from Refugee Council USA's advocacy toolkit

  3. Visit a refugee-owned restaurant in Chicago! Download our free refugee-owned restaurant guide

  4. Sign up to receive our monthly prayer guides.

  5. Check out our current in-kind donation needs.