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Support a Child's New Life in the U.S.

Make an Impact That Lasts Right Now!

Our After School Clubs are back to in person and seeking volunteers to support refugee and other immigrant students in Elementary & Middle school!

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For over 45 years, World Relief volunteers have been the hands and feet of welcome to refugees and immigrants across Chicagoland. By volunteering with us, you can bless your new neighbors, make a difference, and gain lifelong friendships! Sign up below or reach out to to learn more.


Volunteer Opportunities

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

Choose the volunteering option that fits you best.

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1. Build Long-Term Relationships

Through a weekly commitment, get to know immigrants and refugees personally at an English Language class or homework club. Or visit weekly with an individual or family in their home as a friendship partner, 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 - and you'll gain new friendships in the process!

Click on these short videos below to learn about our different volunteer roles!

2. Meet Needs When You Can

Not able to commit to a weekly schedule?
Use your available time to:
- Provide transportation to appointments or 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.

Click on these short videos below to learn about our different volunteer roles!

3. Serve Long-Term with a Team

Join friends or fellow church members to partner with a refugee or asylum seeker family for 6 months through our team programs. Good Neighbor Teams partner with refugee families and H.O.M.E. Teams partner with asylum seeking families. 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.

Click on these short videos below to learn about our different volunteer roles!

4. 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, gathering friends together to do a Welcome Kit Donation Drive, or holding a prayer walk or meeting.

Learn more about the different types of one-time service activities here

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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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