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 as a registration assistant, usher, translator, or application helper. No experience necessary. Short, online training provided. Good for individuals, work colleagues, small groups, Spanish-speakers, immigration advocates, individuals with a legal background.
Commitment: one-time, 3hr minimum, 8hr maximum. Locations: Albany Park and nearby neighborhoods.
Are you and your friends interested in serving our clients and staff for a half day or whole day? Our office is in need of a fresh coat of paint! This would be a great project for a group of 2 - 8 people. Contact Jake (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Commitment: one-time, half day or full day. Weekdays 9am - 5pm. Location: Albany Park
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 Summer Learning Program Volunteer
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 2 - August 10: Monday – Friday, 2:00 – 5:00 PM. At least 1x/per week commitment for the full session. Location: West Rogers Park
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. 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. Find more information on Good Neighbor Teams HERE
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.
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Contact Emily Erland (VolunteerChicago@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.