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


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Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

4419 N Ravenswood AveChicago, IL 60640

About

We have new refugee families coming to the U.S. nearly every week, and nearly all of them could use a resource to help them adjust to their new home! Volunteers would help out prior to the family's arrival, and then visit them once a week for at least 6 months. Activities would include showing them around their neighborhood, teaching them how to navigate CTA, show them where to buy groceries, and other activities that we take for granted, but that new refugee families need help with! For this program, it is possible for there to be from a single individual to a small group of volunteers or a whole American family for each newly arrived family, so tell your friends about this opportunity and have them join! Requires a commitment of at least 6 months. Most families will reside in the Rogers Park and West Ridge areas, and possibly as far north as Evanston. This position will require passing a background check, completing an application, and attending an orientation. Each individual of the group will have to complete each step as individual volunteers, even if they will be volunteering with the same family. Also, each group will be asked to donate a few things to the refugees new home before the family arrives, which are usually small, cheap, or easy to find/donate (bathroom supplies, kitchen supplies and silverware, linens, etc.). For more information or for an application, please email Alyssa Wilson at alwilson@heratlandalliance.org!

Skills

Good Match For

Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Once a week for at least 6 months

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