*Due to COVID-19, in-person volunteering has been suspended* We continue to offer virtual orientations and some virtual and no contact volunteering opportunities, but it may take a little longer to place you in a volunteer role. Please fill out an application and we will contact you regarding our next orientations.
Find your place in a refugee's story
Join World Relief Spokane to develop relationships with refugees and help them thrive in our community! The steps are:
- Browse the example opportunities below
- Fill out this volunteer application
- We will contact you with an invitation to a volunteer orientation
- Complete a background check - background checks cost $20
Our Volunteer Coordinator will help find the right place for you.
We welcome volunteers from all faith backgrounds (or none at all). Since World Relief in our history and mission is grounded in the Christian faith, we ask that you be willing to serve within an organization with a Christian commitment as described in our statement of faith.
Volunteering With an Individual/Family
These three positions positions require a relational investment where you become the go-to person for many transitions that come with being a refugee in America. They require at least weekly visits and flexibility to assist at other times as needs arise. If you are less available, consider partnering with another friend or family who can share the time with you.
Cultural Companion - Provide friendship to a newly-arrived refugee. Assist with cultural adaptation and language skills. Minimum 6-month commitment.
ESL tutor - Provide one on one tutoring for a newly-arrived refugee. ESL levels range from 0 Minimum 6-month commitment.
Women Who Stand Team - Gather a group of 3-5 women and work with a single mom who is new to the United States. Minimum 6-month commitment.
Good Neighbor Team - Gather a group of 5-8 individuals and come alongside a recently arrived refugee family. Minimum 6-month commitment.
Citizenship Tutor - Help refugees and immigrants learn the information on the United States Citizenship Exam. One day per week. Minimum 3-month commitment.
Homework Helpers - Assist a refugee student with homework. This could also involve helping them learn English. Minimum 6-month commitment.
Driving Helpers - Help a refugee learn to drive and pass their driver's license tests (written and driving). Commitment varies.
Office Volunteer Positions
Case Management Assistant - Assist staff in serving clients throughout the resettlement process. May include tasks both within and outside the office. Minimum 3-month commitment, 1 half day or full day per week. Must be willing to drive clients.
Front Desk Assistant - Cover a shift at the front desk every week. Answer phones, greet clients and assist with making appointments. Minimum 3-month commitment,must be able to commit to a 9:00-12:30 shift or 12:30-4:00 shift every week. Requires customer services skills and computer literacy.
Warehouse Team - Help keep our warehouse organized and sort donations received. If you are willing, there are also opportunities to help with donation pick ups and move ins. Minimum 3-month commitment- best for a team of 2+.
How to be involved if you have limited availability
Some seasons of life are busier than others. If you would like to stay connected, but don't have enough time to volunteer regularly, here's how you can get involved:
- Make a Welcome Kit for a newly-arrived family.
- Bring non-perishable treats for our Friday morning cultural orientations or other workshops.