Descriptions of Volunteer Opportunities:
Below are our most frequently needed volunteer roles. However, we are surveying past, present, new volunteers regarding interest in roles specific to Employment, Health, Elders, and more! Please complete the online application below and make note of your area of interest.
NEW! Youth Mentors: We are launching our Youth Mentoring Program in 2021! It is designed to pair young refugee participants with mentors from the community who are dedicated to helping them identify and achieve their short-term and long-term goals. Mentors (age 25+) walk alongside refugee and immigrant youth ages 15-24 with the goal of developing mutually transformative relationships. The youth set their life, career, or educational goals and mentors meet regularly with the mentees in group facilitations to provide support, find resources and build relationship. Consider joining us as a mentor or as a community educator or professional who can cast vision for our refugee and immigrant youth! Due to COVID, we are looking for volunteers who are comfortable with virtual platforms like Zoom & WhatsApp. This will be in-person later in the year.
Good Neighbor Team: We are preparing now in anticipation of welcoming many more refugees in 2021, and we would like trained Good Neighbor Teams ready to be matched! Help a recent refugee or asylee family or individual adjust to American life by walking alongside them with a group of volunteers (a small group of your friends and/or fellow church members); greet refugees at the airport, collect donations for them if necessary, help enroll them in social services, transport them to appointments, assist with job and school readiness, practice English, and most importantly, build a relationship. Weekly contact and engagement 6 months. In-person with recommended social distancing/masking, and remote through What'sApp and phone.
Resilient Program Sewing Volunteer: In Spring 2020 we launched our newest empowerment program focused on refugee women, and we need you to make it happen! We are in search of women passionate about sewing and who have the availability to volunteer with us. Due to COVID, we are looking for volunteers who are comfortable creating instruction kits and providing virtual support over What's App, Facetime, or phone.
Roadrunners: Show welcome on wheels as a Road Runner volunteer once a week (during business hours) to support casework staff by driving refugees and aslyees to and from scheduled appointments. It is a tangible way to be the hands and feet of service and befriend our clients. These opportunities may include but are not limited to: ESL route, medical appointments, immigration appointments, school enrollments, home setups, and additional transportation needs. 2 hours per week for a minimum of 3 months. During remote work due to COVID19, this role includes food distribution/delivery.
ESL Conversation Partner: Help teach the basics of English to an adult refugee in their home or in our classrooms, and become friends in the process. ESL teaching certificate is encouraged. If you do not have certification but want to volunteer in this way, let WR know and we can provide information about our TEFL Certificate Program. Routine meeting (weekly if possible) for 3-6 months. Virtual until further notice due to COVID19.
Cafe English Volunteer: Help our students practice their English! This is friendly conversation practice simply to give students opportunities to freely practice English conversation and meet Americans in our community. No correcting their English, no pressure, no homework, etc. Just talk and build friendships with Americans. Pre-requisite: Volunteer Orientation and one hour role-specific training will be held at the beginning of each class cycle. Virtual until further notice due to COVID19.
Women Who Stand: Gather a group of 3-5 women and work with a single mom who is new to the United States. You can volunteer your time to mentor a single mother who has recently arrived in Memphis. As a group, you and your team can help her adjust to life in the U.S, gather household and baby items, help her with English, connect her to local resources and most of all, be a friend. Routine contact and engagement (weekly if possible) for 4-6 months.
Interpreter: Help interpret in person for clients’ initial intake appointment at World Relief’s office or at certain social service or medical appointments. Be a liaison between Good Neighbor volunteers and clients by phone or in person. Flexible commitment based on your schedule.
Office Support: Help manage in-kind donations by sorting and reporting. Assist with other administrative tasks that further casework or volunteer outreach. Availability during workday required. Weekly or bi-weekly block of time desired.
Communication: Do you love social media, writing, photography? We are creating a team of volunteers who will be drafting blogs and social media posts capturing positive stories, education about immigration policies and reform, and more.
Special Events Ambassadors: Do you love letting our community know about ways to partner with World Relief to better welcome our immigrant neighbors? If you love people, speaking, or are a great networker and administrator, consider this role. Represent World Relief at area events (booths at community events or missions fairs); Assist with preparations for fundraising or community engagement events; Speak on behalf of World Relief at area schools or groups. Commitment: Primarily evening or weekend availability, as needed.