Find your place in the story.
There are many ways to join World Relief Seattle in welcoming refugees, asylees, immigrants and building transformational relationships.
Browse our volunteer opportunities below to see where your gifts, abilities and interests align. Be sure to click through the headings of the different opportunities to see more details and apply for a position. You don’t have to be an expert to make an impact!
Check out your Volunteer Toolkit for resources and ongoing learning opportunities.
Count it twice! Your volunteer hours are eligible to be matched with grant funding. Track volunteer hours here.
Opportunities to help refugees and immigrants
Cultural Companions walk alongside refugees and asylees with the goal of developing a mutually transformative relationship. Cultural Companions are matched with a newly arrived individual or family to meet weekly for at least 6 months. Share meals, practice English, help out with practical advice about American life, and build friendships!
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.
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.
ESL Assistants serve in our English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at our office in Kent or at an ESL program at one of our partner Churches. This can be a great way to meet refugees from many backgrounds and help in a very practical, meaningful way.
Host Homes offer shelter and hospitality to refugees and asylees while they get settled and find housing in the US. It’s a great way to create a safe place for newcomers and become someone's first American welcome.
Our Good Neighbor Teams are groups of 10-15 committed volunteers from the local Church partner trained to walk alongside one refugee/asylee family or group of indivduals for 6 months, backed by the prayers & support of their congregation, and motivated by God’s heart to serve vulnerable newcomers in our neighborhoods.
Front desk volunteers facilitate a welcoming and friendly environment for visitors to the World Relief Seattle office. Direct refugees, asylees and immigrants to needed staff members and field phone calls from clients, volunteers, donors, and community members in a fast paced environment. There is no better role to meet many refugees and World Relief staff members! Learn how to volunteer at the front.
Help welcome and provide resources to newly released detainees leaving the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. Volunteer in the Welcome RV, provide transportation, or be a host home for asylees, asylum-seekers, and immigrants.
Minister to and encourage immigrant detainees at the Northwest Immigration Detention Center in Tacoma by visiting detainees, writing letters, or facilitating Saturday and Sunday church services. 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.
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.
Refugee families and asylees 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.
Advocate for refugee-related policy and legislation.