Find your place in the story.
There are many ways to join World Relief Seattle in welcoming refugees, asylees, immigrants, and building transformational relationships.
VOLUNTEER UPDATE: During the COVID-19 season we are supporting clients remotely, adapting our volunteer roles and programs to keep everyone safe. Many positions are on hold or remote only until further notice.
Please look through our volunteer opportunities below to see where your gifts, abilities and interests align. After that, click on APPLY HERE and be sure to read through the FAQs before submitting an application. You don’t have to be an expert to make an impact!
Get Started: Volunteer Roles
ESL Assistants serve in our English classes as remote tutors using video platforms. This can be a great way to meet people from many backgrounds and offer support in a very practical, meaningful way.
Host homes provide a safe place to stay, friendship and much needed rest for those in a time of transition. Right now we have an urgent need for host homes in three different capacities. All hosts must follow CDC procedures and protocols.
Post-release volunteers welcome people as they are released from the ICE processing center in Tacoma. Volunteers greet guests (while socially distanced), provide a place of respite, and offer assistance as the person plans their next steps. All services are held outside of the detention center facility. Oftentimes volunteers provide the guest with transportation to the bus or airport.
Over 40% of the refugees and immigrants we serve are children. World Relief is providing educational and developmental opportunities that build the essential academic, personal and social skills needed to succeed. Be a part of their story.
Cultural Companions walk alongside refugees and asylees with the goal of developing a mutually transformative relationship. Volunteers are matched with an individual or family and meet weekly via video call for at least 6 months, accompanied by occasional in-person meetings following CDC guidelines.
Volunteer alongside the World Relief job team to prepare refugees and immigrants for employment. This position offers individual support to refugees and asylees as they apply for jobs and adjust to new work cultures and expectations.
Good Neighbor Teams are groups of 10-15 committed volunteers from a local church partner trained to walk alongside a refugee/asylee family or group of individuals for 6 months, through a combination of socially-distanced and remote interactions. Please contact us for the most current information.
Interns serve alongside staff: assisting with practical needs, gaining professional casework and communication skills, and learning about refugee resettlement and inter-cultural work. Our Resettlement and Health & Wellness internships are highly relational, hands-on internships involving significant commitment and responsibility. Our Communications internship is highly collaborative and involves supporting World Relief Seattle in our marketing and communications work.
Mentors walk alongside refugee and asylee youth ages 18-24 with the goal of developing mutually transformative relationships and working together toward life, educational, or career goals.
Connect with newly arrived refugees and asylees to help improve their digital literacy so that they can successfully navigate digital tasks that are necessary for self-sufficiency and community integration.
World Relief Seattle believes in holistic refugee resettlement. Our Women's Sewing Class offers a safe space for women to learn English, foster community, and develop skills. Watch the video and read more about the program here. This class will reopen in 2021. Please contact us for updated information.
Minister to and encourage immigrant detainees at the Northwest Immigration Detention Center in Tacoma by 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. Spanish speakers are especially helpful. Note: weekend worship services and window visits are on hold as the detention center remains closed to in-person volunteers.
Other Ways to Engage
Even through a pandemic, refugees and asylees are arriving every week and that means MANY apartments need to be set up. We gather donations of basic household goods, back to school supplies and more to help get people settled in their new homes. Find out what items we accept or order from our Amazon wish list.
Advocate for immigration related policy and legislation.