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.

Highest Need Positions

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.

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.

Other Needed, Long-Term Positions

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.

Front Desk Assistant – Greet clients at the front desk, answer phones and direct guests where to go for assistance. Minimum 3-month commitment.

Road Runner - Assist resettlement staff by driving clients to/from appointments. Valid driver's license and insurance required. Minimum 3-month commitment.

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.

Positions for those with weekend availability

Shopping Helper - When needed, help a newly-arrived family navigate shopping for groceries, clothes, and anything in between. Minimum 3-month commitment.

Driving Helpers - Help a refugee learn to drive and pass their driver's license tests (written and driving). Commitment varies.

Communications Positions

Tell a Refugee's Story - Meet with a refugee to hear their story and tell it on our blogMinimum 3-month commitment.

Photography - Help us capture special moments like airport arrivals, graduations, family events, and more. Commitment varies.

Graphic Design  - Create graphics and flyers for events and social media. Commitment varies.

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: 

- Follow us on social media. We're on Facebook (/worldreliefspokane), Twitter (@WRSpokane), and Instagram (@worldreliefspokane). 

- Sign up for monthly e-mail updates.

- Make a Welcome Kit for a newly-arrived family.

- Bake treats for new arrivals to enjoy at Friday morning cultural orientations or other workshops. 

- Attend airport arrivals to greet new refugees.