Our Current Top Needs for Volunteers:
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.
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 ESL weekday morning classes in Wheaton and Aurora.
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.
Mentor young adult refugees and immigrants one-on-one as they prepare for the next steps in their career paths, building their confidence and your friendship in the process.
Help transport refugees and immigrants to important classes, trainings, jobs or appontments. You can even greet a newly arrived refugee family when they first arrive at the airport and orient them to their new home!
Organize your family, friends, small group, neighborhood, or church to gather household items for newly arriving families, school supplies for refugee children, diapers, phone cards, or more. Visit our donations page to see current top needs.
Practice English with an adult refugee or immigrant in a one-on-one setting and become friends in the process!
Other Volunteer Opportunities Include:
Welcome and encourage a refugee or immigrant family as they adjust to homework, school, and parenting in the U.S. Build relationships with whole families, helping the kids with their homework, and making sure refugee parents understand the expectations of the American school system.
Assist our English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers as they teach English to adult refugees and immigrants. Classes are held weekday mornings and afternoons throughout the year.
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.
Assist immigrants in filling out citizenship applications at our monthly clinics, or help with community outreach. Bilingual or semi-bilingual volunteers are especially needed. Training provided.
Assist immigrants in preparing for their citizenship interview in a one-on-one setting.
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.