Find your place in the story.
There are many ways to join World Relief Seattle in welcoming the stranger and building transformational relationships.
Browse our volunteer opportunities below to see where your gifts, abilities and interests align with coming alongside refugees and immigrants. You don’t have to be an expert to make an impact!
The first step to volunteering is to complete a volunteer application. After we review your application, we will contact you and give you an access code to RSVP for a volunteer training. Visit our Events page to find out when and where the next volunteer training will be and RSVP to attend. At the training you will learn about World Relief's work, the refugees and immigrants we serve, and what it looks like to come alongside them as volunteers in different roles. After attending the training, all volunteers must complete a background checks before starting.
Cultural Companions accompany refugees in their transition to life in the United States. Cultural Companions are matched with new refugee families to meet weekly for at least 6 months. Share meals, practice English, help out with practical advice about American life, and build friendships!
Front Desk Volunteer
World Relief matches volunteers with opportunities to serve at our front desk, assisting/directing participants with their immediate needs. While answering incoming calls. See the position description here: Front Desk Volunteer.doc
Host Homes offer shelter and hospitality to refugees for their first week or so in the United States. Introduce refugees to an American home: thermostats, washing machines, and casseroles – they’re all new to many refugees. It’s a great way to share the welcoming love of Christ and make a lasting impact.
Refugee families are arriving every week and that means MANY apartments need to be set up. We collect donations of basic household goods and need help collecting and organizing these items for placement in refugees’ first apartments in America. Find out what items we accept.
ESL Assistants serve in our English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, in Somali Adult Literacy Classes (SALT) or as in-home English tutors, assisting instructors in teaching refugees with varied English levels. This can be a great way to meet refugees from many backgrounds and help in a very meaningful way.
Minister to and encourage immigrant detainees at the Northwest Immigration Detention Center in Tacoma by visiting during visiting hours or writing letters. The goal is to serve detainees in Word and Deed, helping them to grow in faith in Christ and walking alongside them as they experience detention.
Interns serve alongside staff: assisting with practical needs, gaining professional casework skills and learning about refugee resettlement and cross-cultural ministry. This is a highly relational, hands-on internship involving significant commitment and responsibility. http://worldreliefseattle.org/volunteer-toolkit
Other Opportunities to Serve:
- Volunteer with The Refugee Project, our educational simulation experience.
- Assist World Relief staff with administrative work or planning events.
- Advocate for refugee-related policy and legislation.