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U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

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

We are seeking volunteers to tutor English and provide professional development training--both to be conducted online. Volunteers can choose to do either or both. Information for each virtual opportunity is given below.

For online English tutoring, this is a pilot project that is tentatively starting with online Volunteer Orientation and Training on Monday, May 11. Following it, you will be matched with a pre-literate or literate student or small group to facilitate lesson plans written by our ELL instructor. The medium of instruction to be used is WhatsApp, an online communication platform. The minimum time commitment is 1.5 hours/week, or 3 sessions/week at 30 minutes/session.

For online professional development training, the volunteer presenter will assist newly resettled refugees on their job seeking. To name a few activities, they will be given presentations (on topics such as job interview tips and money management) to follow, assist with resume writing or completing job applications, and conduct mock interviews to shake those nervous jitters away. The medium of instruction is undetermined as of now, but it will be online for the meantime. Interpretation services are also available to ensure understanding. There is a flexible time commitment for this opportunity.

To maximize your volunteer experience, we offer:

  • Volunteer Orientation and Training--whether you have no prior related experience or think that you're not tech savvy enough to install/use WhatsApp, we're here to guide you;
  • a flexible schedule--we want to help you help us;
  • a memorable experience in helping a refugee or immigrant family; and
  • staff support throughout your commitment.

Please contact us via email at volunteer@uscri-desmoines.org to join our USCRI family!

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About U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants


1200 University Avenue, Suite 205, Des Moines, IA 50314, US

Mission Statement

Our mission is to address the needs and rights of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide by advancing fair and humane public policy, facilitating and providing direct professional services, and promoting the full participation of migrants in community life.


For 100 years, the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) has given hope and new life to persons fleeing from war, violence, and persecution in their home country. A catalyst for refugee rights and advocacy, USCRI has changed the lives of thousands of newly arriving Americans and continues to do so through various program support.

USCRI Des Moines supports refugees beginning their new lives in the U.S. by providing immediate needs, core services, and community orientations. Through collaborative support between USCRI and local businesses, organizations, and individuals, each newly arriving American is given tools and resources to successfully adapt to life in the Greater Des Moines area.

Community involvement is an essential piece of refugee resettlement. You can help refugees and immigrants transition to a new life in the Greater Des Moines area by volunteering, donating money or goods, or by partnering with USCRI to serve refugees and immigrants.

Education & Literacy
Immigrants & Refugees


We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


  • Tutoring
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Financial Literacy
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Relationship Building


  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • A minimum time commitment of 1.5 hours/week, or 3 sessions/week at 30 minutes/session

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