Befriend a newly arrived refugee family! Become a Family Mentoring volunteer!

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Heartland Alliance Refugee and Immigrant Community Services (RICS)

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Family Mentoring Program

About: Family Mentors meet regularly with a newly arrived refugee family or individual to help them make a smooth transition into their new home and community. Mentors provide social support by fulfilling the role of teacher, advocate, and friend. At the first meeting, mentors will help their mentee identify goals that they will work together to achieve in their weekly meetings. Mentors typically meet with their mentees in their home, usually in northern neighborhoods like Rogers Park and West Ridge, or take recreational trips throughout the city. This is a great opportunity to connect with someone across cultures. Some common activities Family Mentors can expect:

  • English conversation practice
  • Assisting family with understanding and navigating public transportation
  • Providing academic support to school-aged youth
  • Assisting family learn the basics: laundry, grocery shopping, banking, mail, appointments

Good match for: An individual, group of adults, or family that embraces diversity and wants to work together with a newly arrived refugee family to alleviate some of the hardships and challenges that come with resettlement. This volunteer position is a unique opportunity to develop rewarding friendships with refugee families.

Time commitment and requirements:

  • Commit to volunteering at least once per week (outside of vacation/illness) for at least six months.
  • Pass an online criminal history background check. The cost is around $18.00 and is covered by the mentor.
  • Be screened through the National Sex Offenders Public Website and the Illinois Child Abuse & Neglect Tracking System.
  • Complete an online training on recognizing and reporting child abuse.

For more information or for an application, please email Alyssa Wilson at!

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About Heartland Alliance Refugee and Immigrant Community Services (RICS)


4419 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60640, US

Mission Statement

Heartland Alliance advances the human rights and responds to the human needs of endangered populations--particularly the poor, the isolated, and the displaced--through the provision of comprehensive and respectful services and the promotion of permanent solutions leading to a more just global society.


Refugee & Immigrant Community Services (RICS) partners with refugees, asylees, immigrants and survivors of trafficking to address their needs by connecting them to their new community, providing education and employment services, and the help they need to succeed in their new country. RICS annually resettles more than 150 individuals in Chicago from places like Afghanistan, Burma, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Sudan, Ukraine, and Syria. 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'll work with your schedule.


Devon and WesternChicago, IL 60659



  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Adult Education
  • Financial Literacy
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • General Education


  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • one hour a week, attend new volunteer orientation

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