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Women's Empowerment: Mentor refugee, asylee, immigrant women *Remote position

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ORGANIZATION: Heartland Alliance Refugee and Immigrant Community Services (RICS)

  • 60 people are interested

Women's Empowerment Program - Refugee & Immigrant Resettlement Services

***Due to COVID19 this position is virtual until further notice***

The Women's Empowerment Program, through Heartland Alliance's Refugee & Immigrant Community
Services, is seeking Chicago based dependable, flexible, and compassionate female identifying volunteers to serve as mentors for adult female identifying refugee, asylee, and immigrant female identifying individuals. Volunteers will serve as a resource and support for participants who have created a specific goal for the program duration. These goals may range anywhere from learning conversational English, to using the CTA, to digital literacy, and/or vocational skills. This program is designed to meet the needs of our adult female identifying participants. We are seeking volunteers who have multicultural experiences and are comfortable with non-native English speakers.

Volunteer Role - Mentor an adult female identifying refugee, asylee, or immigrant. Support your mentee with their self-identified goal, create an avenue for communication, and provide social interaction. Setup weekly or biweekly remote meetings via Zoom, WhatsApp, etc. with your mentee's goal at the center of your interactions.

Time commitment and other requirements:

  • Commit to 4 hours a month for 6-12 months
  • Must obtain background check (cost is $18 and must be covered by the volunteer)
  • Complete online DCFS Mandated Reporter training
  • Attend new volunteer orientation
  • Report volunteer hours and activities to program coordinator
  • Must be comfortable working with English language learners

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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.


Education & Literacy
Immigrants & Refugees
Education & Literacy, Immigrants & Refugees, Women


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations Chicago, IL 60640



  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Adult Education
  • Arabic
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Swahili
  • Bilingual


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 4 hours a month, 6 - 12 month commitment from match meeting
  • Must live in Chicago and be female identifying and/or non-gender conforming individuals

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