Sewing Class Volunteer Role


Hillside Church and World Relief are thankful for your interest in volunteering with the Refugee Women’s Sewing Class!
Each class is rewarding experience for all of us and we learn so much in the process.


Interested in volunteering with the class? The first step is to fill out a volunteer application. We will review the application and then send you an access code to RSVP to a volunteer training.

All volunteers are required to attend a volunteer training, complete an application, and undergo a background checks before starting. 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.


General Class Information

  • Classes meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 am for 6 weeks at a time. 

  • Volunteers commit to one day a week (or more) through the six week cohort. 

  • Prior to class, volunteers and students are required to attend an orientation to learn more about their roles.

  • Each class begins with 30 - 45 minutes of interactive English lessons where sewing vocabulary, skills and techniques are introduced and reviewed.

  • The rest of the class is spent making the projects that have been thoughtfully designed to fit the needs of the course.

  • Throughout the 6 weeks there are 5 projects: a pillow case, oven mitt, baby blanket, tote bag, and cross-body bag.

  • The class includes a field trip to Jo-Ann Fabrics to get materials for the fourth project.

  • There is a celebration after the last day of class for all the students and volunteers!


Skills Needed

In order to ensure the success of the sewing class, we ask that our volunteers are able to do the following:

  • Thread a sewing machine

  • Wind a bobbin

  • Adjust sewing machine tension

  • Be able to troubleshoot machine malfunction.  For example, if the thread is balled up on the underneath side of the fabric, be able to understand the most likely issue and know how to resolve the problem

  • Change a needle on the sewing machine

  • Be comfortable with fundamental sewing skills

  • Sew a zipper

  • Use a rotary cutter and ruler

  • Be open to learning new things and teaching by the instructor's methods (even if you have a different method)


Volunteer Roles and Expectations

  • Attend at least one class a week for 6 weeks.

  • Comfortable engaging with participants who do not speak English.

  • Sensitive to cultural differences, especially in regards to touching and personal space.

  • Actively involved with the participants in class, engaging with them and encouraging them to learn the provided curriculum as well as increasing their knowledge of the English language.   

  • Willing to help participants follow the instructor’s directions even if it is different than your usual method. Consistency throughout the classroom will help to avoid confusion among the participants.

  • Attend a World Relief Volunteer Orientation AND a volunteer training class in the sewing room at Hillside Church prior to the start of the session. This class is mandatory even if you volunteered in a previous sewing session.

  • Pass a background check

  • Track all volunteer hours


Donate Supplies

We are also always in need of sewing materials to keep our class running, as well as sewing machines that are in good working conditions. Some of the material our class could benefit from are: 

  • Fabric scissors

  • All purpose thread

  • Baby themed flannel

  • Pastel colored flannel

  • Fabric markers

  • Zippers

  • Working sewing machines

If you would like to donate materials, please contact Maris