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

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Heartland- Refugee and Immigrant Community Services

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 39 people are interested

About: As a volunteer you will play a crucial part in the refugee resettlement process. In addition to making a positive first impression of the United States for refugees, you will help them make a smooth transition into their new home and community. To help ensure a successful transition to the US, family mentors assist refugees with core services, potentially including but not limited to:

  • Welcome
    • Prepare apartment for refugee’s arrival alongside RICS housing coordinator (if possible)
    • Provide household goods
    • Greet the family at the airport
    • Offer a welcoming and accepting presence during your weekly visit with the family
  • Transportation
    • Identify and assist with public transportation options for refugee
    • Assist family with navigating public transportation to get to appointments as needed
  • Education, Mentoring & Community Orientation
    • Provide academic support to school-aged refugee youth
    • Assist refugees with learning the basics: clothes laundering; grocery shopping; clothing; banking; and English language skills

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!

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 must be covered by the volunteer.

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

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Advocacy & Human Rights Education & Literacy Immigrants & Refugees


We'll work with your schedule.


4419 N Ravenswood AveChicago, IL 60640



  • 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
  • Once a week for at least 6 months

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