Build a Relationship, Change a Life, Create a Welcoming Community
Volunteer One-on-One, in person or virtually!
Welcome and encourage a refugee or immigrant family as they adjust to homework, school, and parenting in the U.S. Build relationships while helping the kids with their homework and helping parents navigate the American school system.
Practice English with an adult refugee or immigrant in a one-on-one setting, and become friends in the process!
Loneliness is one of the greatest challenges refugees and immigrants face in America, so good friends are greatly in need. Get to know a refugee or immigrant family and help them adapt to America by providing consistent friendship and cultural empowerment, while assisting in practical ways.
Mentor a young adult refugee as they prepare for the next steps in their career paths, building their confidence and your friendship in the process.
Assist immigrants in preparing for their citizenship interview at one of our tutoring sites.
Join a Group of Volunteers making an Impact
Spend your morning caring for refugee and immigrant infants, toddlers, and young children by singing, telling stories, making crafts, and playing as you help them prepare to enter the American school system. Classes held concurrently with weekday morning English classes in Wheaton and Aurora.
Assist our English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers as they teach English to adult refugees and immigrants. Classes are held weekday mornings throughout the year, with some evening and weekend options also available.
Build relationships with refugee and immigrant kids through one of our many youth programs happening throughout the week. Whether you like soccer, art, mentoring or helping with homework, we have a place for you! Clubs are held after school hours, as well as during the summer months.
Assist immigrants in filling out citizenship applications at our monthly clinics. Bilingual or semi-bilingual volunteers are especially needed.
Occasional Opt-in Opportunities
If you have a big heart and strong arms, we are looking for you! Help create a home for newly-arrived families by delivering furniture to refugees’ apartments.
Organize your family, friends, small group, neighborhood, or church to gather household items for newly arriving families, school supplies for refugee and immigrant children, diapers, gift cards, and more. Visit our donations page to see current top needs.
Put your organizational skills to use and help with crucial administrative duties that keep the World Relief office running smoothly. Projects include data entry, filing, or covering the front desk.