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Heartland Human Care Services - A Company of Heartland Alliance

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HeartlandAlliancefor Human Needs & Human Rights is a service-based, human rights organization that provides housing, health care, human services, and human rights protections to the most poor and vulnerable people in our society, and uses its 118 years of experience to advocate for social justice.

Heartland’s Refugee Youth & Family Services provides support to refugee families and their children through cultural orientation, academic support, social activities and prevention education. It also provides services designed to integrate refugee youth into the mainstream community. Refugee and Immigrant Community Services (RICS) annually resettles more than 150 individuals in Chicago from places like Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, Burundi, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Nepal, Pakistan, Togo and Vietnam. RICS serves an additional 500 refugees through a variety of services including cultural orientation, adjustment counseling, employment, job readiness and placement services, as well as medical case management, family literacy, and English language training for adults.

We are looking for unpaid volunteers to work in our College Preparatory Program as homework helpers and ACT/College Entrance exam tutors.


Provide individual and group tutoring assistance to refugee youth and implement age-appropriate educational activities at a fixed public meeting place every week.

• Check in weekly with students to make sure they are on the right track toward being admitted to college.

• Volunteers are expected to commit one night a week toward meeting with students either at the Heartland office or a neighborhood community center or library.


• Past teaching experience is desirable but not required.

• A basic understanding of the college application process in theUnited States.

• The ability to assist students with high school level homework is desirable. You don’t need to be an expert, but should be able to work through problems to find a solution with the student.

• Excellent communication and organizational skills.

• Interest in working with refugees in a multi-cultural, multi-lingual, and multi-ethnic environment.

• Experience working with youth.

• Patience and flexibility.

• Computer proficiency.

• Language proficiency in Arabic, Armenian, Assyrian, Burmese, Chin, Creole, Farsi, French, Karen, Kirundi, Kinyarwanda, Nepali, Oromo, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese is helpful, but not required. Experience with teaching ESL is also helpful.

• Willingness to complete and pass a background check.

Volunteer hours may be shortened or lengthened depending on schedule.

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About Heartland Human Care Services - A Company of Heartland Alliance


4411 N. Ravenswood and 5715 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60640, US

Mission Statement

To achieve freedom from want, fear, and injustice for people marginalized by poverty, displacement, or situations of vulnerability by developing and providing a continuum of services that meet basic needs, build strengths, safeguard human rights, and provide opportunities for positive change.


Heartland Human Care Services (HHCS) is the human services partner of Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights, a servicebased human rights organization that provides material assistance to meet basic human needs and other services and advocacy that foster empowerment, societal participation, and self-sufficiency. HHCS delivers a variety of services to newly-arrived refugees, asylees and immigrants through its Refugee & Immigrant Community Services (RICS). RICS is comprised of a dedicated, multi-lingual and multi-cultural staff with diverse backgrounds and expertise in the refugee and immigrant fields.

Advocacy & Human Rights
Education & Literacy
Immigrants & Refugees


We'll work with your schedule.


4411 N. Ravenswood AveChicago, IL 60640



  • Tutoring
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • General Education
  • Youth Services
  • Literacy / Reading


  • People 55+
  • Group



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