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Donation Collection Activity
Support newly-arrived refugees and asylum seekers by collecting and assembling top need donation items. The WR donation team will connect with you to give some potential ideas, such as assembling first aid kits, winter gear bundles, bike kits, etc., and to coordinate a delivery time. No maximum group size or designated dates, other than delivery dates.

English Conversation Café

Help World Relief English students practice conversational skills and have fun getting to know each other while going through questions provided by our teachers in this 1-hour conversation café! Groups can participate virtually on select days in the morning and evening or in-person at our Chicago office one Friday a month. The ideal group size is 10-20 volunteers.

Furniture Assembly Project
Build needed furniture items that will go directly into the new apartments of newly-arrived refugees and asylum seekers. Groups can purchase IKEA furniture items, like dressers and coffee tables, assemble them together as an event, and drop them off at our office. The WR donation team will connect with you to let you know specific furniture items that are top needs and to coordinate a delivery time. No maximum group size or designated dates, other than delivery dates.

Warehouse Support
Spend 2-3 hours in our Carol Stream warehouse sorting donations, assembling Welcome Kits for newly-arriving families, or help with another donation assembly, sorting, cleaning, etc. Maximum of 15 people per group. Warehouse days happen on the third weekend of each month, preferably on Saturday.

Prayer Walk
Engage in cross-cultural ministry through prayer as you join a World ReliefChicagoland staff member on a guided prayer walk through a neighborhood or community with a thriving immigrant population (Albany Park or Rogers Park). No maximum group size. Dates vary by World Relief staff availability.

Writing to Representatives
Advocate for immigrants and refugees in your community by writing to your local, state, and national representatives. WR can provide guidance and language, and your group can let your voices and support be heard! No maximum group size or designated dates.

Volunteer Testimonials

"Serving in the ESL program has helped me love my diverse city even more, and the students inspire and remind me to love my neighbor each week by their joy, enthusiasm, tenacity, and gratefulness."
- Sarah, World Relief Volunteer

“Pat and I feel very much appreciated, and cherish each family we have helped. We remain friends with several and are enriched by having them in our lives.”
- Pat and Harriett, World Relief Volunteers

"I’ve learned about the needs of refugees and immigrants, immigration law and policy, and teaching English. Mostly, I’ve learned about the world by getting to know immigrants, their lives, and their stories.”
- Paul, World Relief Volunteer

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