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Additional Volunteer Resources

Check out these resources for learning about other cultures and volunteering with World Relief Spokane


World Relief Information

US Volunteer Handbook- The content on World Relief’s history, programs in the U.S., volunteer practices and policies as a World Relief volunteer.

Local Office Information - Information on our office and the services that we provide.


Find Help - Database of local resources, from food assistance to medical care.

Cultural Information

Core Resource Exchange - Information about refugee populations and general information about the Refugee Admissions Program

Every Culture - Information about world cultures

Cultural Orientation Resource Center - Resources on cultural information and orientation

CultureGrams - If you have a library card through the Spokane Public Library or the Spokane County Library District you can access CultureGrams, infographics with demographic and culture information about many countries

Reading List

If you would like to learn more about the immigration process or refugee resettlement, here is a list of books we recommend:

Understanding Immigration:

    • Seeking Refuge by Stephen Bauman, Matthew Soerens and Issam Smeir 
    • Refugee: Rethinking Refugee Policy in a Changing World by Alexander Betts & Paul Collier


Stories about the refugee/immigrant experience:

    • A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
    • A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
    • Call Me American by Abdi Nor Iftin
    • City of Thorns by Ben Lawrence
    • Of Beetles and Angels by Mawi Asgedom
    • The Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder
    • The Other Side of the Sky by Farah Ahmedi
    • The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
    • What Is the What by Dave Eggers


Volunteer Perspectives: 

    • Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith by D.L. Mayfield
    • The Middle of Everywhere by Mary Pipher  
    • When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbette & Brian Fikkert 
    • No Longer Strangers by Eugene Cho and Samira Izadi Page


Books for Kids:  

    • Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah & Kelly Dipucchio 
    • All are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold 
    • Same, Same But Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki 
    • Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey By Margriet Ruurs 
    • Dreamers by Yuyi Morales 
    • Four Feet Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams  



    • Salam Neighbor(2015) 
    • Human Flow(2017) 

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