Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering to serve immigrants and refugees.  Volunteers play a mojor role in seeing lives transformed.
Click on the link below to download an application and get started.

Volunteer Application

If you have any questions about the application process, please feel free to contact:
Maggie Boynton, Refugee Services Volunteer Specialist at mboynton@wr.org.


Volunteer Opportunities

Refugee Resettlement

Friendship Partner
Loneliness is one of the greatest challenges refugees face in America, so good friends are greatly in need. Get to know a refugee family and help them adapt to America by providing consistent friendship and cultural empowerment.

Health Advocate
Connect refugees to the health care many have been denied for so long. Transport to appointments, advocate for a family’s medical well-being, and teach refugees how to navigate the American medical system.

Collection Project Coordinator
Organize your family, friends, small group, or church to gather household items for Good Neighbor Kits, school backpacks for refugee children, diapers, or phone cards.

Airport Pick-Up Assistant 
Greet refugees when they first arrive to Chicago and orient them to their new home. Refugees never forget the first smiling faces they see in America!

Apartment Set-Up Assistant 
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 refugee apartments.

Youth Club Volunteer
Build relationships with refugee 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!

Speakers Bureau Member
Do you love public speaking? This is an opportunity to learn how to educate our neighbors about refugees and immigrants, World Relief, and other related topics. We are looking for volunteers who feel passionate about advocacy to help speak out for the rights of refugees and immigrants!

Immigration Legal Services

Citizenship Assistant
Assist immigrants in filling out citizenship applications at our large workshops, or help with community outreach. Bilingual or semi-bilingual volunteers are especially needed. Training provided.

Citizenship Tutor
Assist immigrants in preparing for their citizenship interview in a one-on-one setting.

Education Services

ESL Classroom Aide
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.

ESL In-Home Tutor
Help teach the basics of English to an adult refugee in their home and become friends in the process!

ESL Early Childhood Aide
Care for refugee infants, toddlers, and young children and spend your morning singing, telling stories, making crafts, and playing. Classes held concurrently with ESL morning classes in Wheaton.

General Office

Office Assistant
Put your organizational skills to use and help with crucial administrative duties that keep the World Relief office running smoothly.

Event Planning Assistant
World Relief puts on various events throughout the year and is always looking for volunteers with the gift of planning and organization. If you love hospitality we would love to include you in our event planning!

Transportation Assistant
Help transport refugees to important classes, trainings, and appointments.

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Please direct questions to:

Maggie Boynton, Refugee Services Volunteer Manager
(630) 462-7566 x1046 | mboynton@wr.org