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Make an impact that lasts.

No matter your age, passion or schedule, at World Relief you can join in creating a community of welcome for refugees and immigrants across Chicagoland.


Choose the volunteering option
that fits you best.

Build Long-Term Relationships

Get to know immigrants and refugees personally through a weekly commitment to an ESL class or homework club. Or engage in a weekly partnership with an individual or family as a friendship partner, ESL tutor, youth tutor, or health advocate.

These roles do the months-long relational work that helps create a sense of belonging, connection to the local community, and adjustment to American life. Flexible times on weekdays, evenings, or weekends.

Good Neighbor Teams
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Meet Needs When You Can

Not able to commit to a weekly schedule? Use your available time to:

Provide transportation to appointments or home from the airport.

Set up apartments for newly arriving families.

Help with office projects at one of our offices.

Help immigrants complete their citizenship applications at our clinics.

Serve One Time with a Group

Join with a group of friends, colleagues, or family to serve in a one-time opportunity. This includes participating in an advocacy activity, joining a conversation time with English language learners, sorting the donations in our warehouse, or holding a prayer walk or meeting.

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good neighbor

Serve Long-Term with a Team

Join friends or fellow church members to partner with a refugee or asylum seeker family for 6 months. Offer them friendship, help them navigate life basics in America, and familiarize them with their community. Teams commit a financial gift to World Relief that contributes to rent assistance and other vital supports.


As a World Relief volunteer, sometimes all it takes is being present.

From the words of Sandy, find out how one day as a World Relief volunteer can make a meaningful impact on the lives of newly arriving immigrants and refugees to the Chicagoland area.

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