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Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Inc

  • 7 people are interested

In 2016, the United States resettled 78,761 refugees from Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Afghanistan, Syrian Rep., DR Congo, Eritrea, Iraq, and Myanmar. At the height of refugee resettlement in 2016, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee resettled over 600 refugees in Milwaukee and Sheboygan.

5 years later, these individuals are now eligible to apply for Citizenship! Becoming a U.S. citizen is a big dream for many refugees or immigrants as becoming an American provides many opportunities that they otherwise would not have.

Everyone has their own reasons for wanting to become a U.S. citizen, such as:

  • Voting
  • Passing their citizenship onto their children
  • Running for most public offices
  • Traveling a United States passport
  • Applying for a wider range of family members to join them in the United States

Working toward citizenship is an important goal; however, it can be tough! With the help of our volunteers, we can create a safe learning space for refugees and immigrants to prepare for and pass the Citizenship test. Sessions are one-on-one or small groups and held virtually at times that work best for all participants.

You do not need to be a lawyer or a history professor to help! We will provide all the training, but a basic knowledge and interest in American history is helpful.

As a volunteer, you will work with learners to memorize 100 Questions about US history and civics, to respond to questions about information & vocabulary on the application, and pass the reading and writing requirement. Learn more about the citizenship application process by clicking below!

Please note: Due to the time it takes to complete training and to find a learner who is a good match, this is not a quick-start opportunity, and we generally ask for a 6-month minimum commitment.

Skills/ Experience

  • Likes to connect with others
  • Is compassionate and culturally sensitive
  • Feels comfortable working with individuals with varying levels of English
  • Can work independently; however, also are willing to ask questions, as needed.
  • Think on their feet and creatively problem solve as the needs of the learner changes
  • Must be comfortable communicating in English- English speakers of all levels are welcomed and encouraged to apply
  • No previous experience is necessary; training is provided. Teaching, tutoring, cross-cultural experiences or additional language skills are a plus
  • Must be 18 years old to volunteer


  • Have access to a computer/tablet/phone with a webcam feature and reliable internet
  • Basic computer skills and familiarity with Zoom, WhatsApp or FaceTime

Time Commitment

  • 1-2 hours per week; most learners are looking for 45 minutes to 1-hour sessions, once or twice a week
  • We work with your schedule- schedules will be determined based on both the learners’ and the tutor’s availability
  • A volunteer may work with more than one learner individually, if the volunteer wishes


Volunteers will receive training before being matched and will have ongoing educational opportunities to enhance their teaching techniques and learning activities.

Volunteers receive regular staff support through periodic check ins, monthly newsletters and Volunteer Meet Ups (virtual educational and collaboration time). They also have access to a vast library of instructional material.

The Impact

You will become a big part of someone's else's success story!

All of our classes and programs are free to our clients, and we couldn’t provide the level of service we do without the help of our wonderful volunteers. We believe the connections our volunteers make with their clients are mutually beneficial and our communities are stronger and more vibrant when we build these bonds.


Please contact:

Jessica Brandt, jbrandt@ccmke.org

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About Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Inc


2021 N 60th St, Milwaukee, WI 53208, US

Mission Statement

Catholic Charities serves people of all faiths throughout the ten counties of Southeastern Wisconsin. Our Mission Statement: Inspired by Christ's call to serve, our mission is to provide service to those in need, to advocate for justice and to call upon others to do the same. Our Vision Statement: Our vision is to improve the lives of those we serve, to empower the most vulnerable, and to help reduce poverty through quality, compassionate, and effective human services.


Catholic Charities mission to "provide service to those in need, to advocate for justice and to call upon others to do the same" has been the core of our work since 1920. We measurably improve the lives of the poor in our communities and empower them to reach their full potential. When we accomplish this, lives are transformed and the benefits to the community can be exponential starting by improving the quality of life one person at a time.

With an outpouring of support from the community, we are able to help the poorest among us. We help people of all faiths, ages and cultures improve their ability to be self-sufficient, raise a family in more stable and healthy home, escape violence, cope with emotional and behavioral challenges, and overcome barriers to a better life.

Our Programs and Services:

  • Behavioral Health/Counseling
  • Outreach & Case Management
  • Adoption Services
  • Pregnancy Support Services
  • Supported Parenting Services
  • Adult Day Services
  • In-Home Support Services
  • Legal Services for Immigrants
  • Refugee Resettlement Services
Education & Literacy
Immigrants & Refugees


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations Milwaukee, WI 53208



  • Tutoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Adult Education
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Relationship Building




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Once per week for a minimum of 1 hour

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