VolunteerMatch Disaster Alert Center

Hawaii is dealing with the terrible impact of fires. Read our blog to find out what you can do to help support natural disaster relief.
Read More
  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 22 people are interested

NEW: Help Refugees at International Institute of Wisconsin

Save to Favorites

ORGANIZATION: International Institute of Wisconsin

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 22 people are interested
IIW Logo

For inquiries contact Lorin Jones
Refugee Resettlement Community Engagement Coordinator

Family Mentorship

Mentors provide support to newly resettled refugee families in the clients homes by helping them learn English and adapt to life in the U.S.

3 hours minimum per week with the same family

Pre-Arrival Housing Set-Up

Volunteers will work with our Housing Coordinator to help transport items and set up a refugee’s family housing before their arrival, to provide a welcoming home.

4 hours minimum on a needed basis


Volunteers will provide transportation and support to refugees. Volunteers will be required to remain for the duration of the appointment. Such appointments include going to the doctor, bank, schools, Social Security or Food Share offices, and more

3 hours minimum per appointment; family or individual will vary per appointment

Instructional Aide

Volunteers will work under the direction of the ESL teacher to provide one on one or small group tutoring to adult students. Class time is 10-11:30am Monday thru Thursday.

Cultural Orientation

Volunteers are able to commit to teaching for at least 2 hours per session for a period of 5 weeks. C.O. is a program that helps refugees become acclimated to life in Milwaukee and aids them in achieving self-sufficiency

*Note: Interested volunteers will have to go through an interview process

2 hour minimum per class for 5 weeks. Please inquire for more questions

Job Club

Volunteers will help refugees who are job seekers and provide support as they are on the job hunt. Duties may include assisting with the application process and practice interviewing,

*Note: Interested volunteers will have to go through an interview process

2 hour minimum on a needed basis. Please inquire for more questions

Bus Orientation

Volunteers will provide directions and support to newly arrived refugees as they learn how to use the Milwaukee bus system (MCTS) to get around the community. Help new arrivals learn how to use the UMO bus app and access critical needs in the community.

3 hour minimum for each session on a needed basis

Special Event (Holiday Folk Fair)

Event Volunteer at the annual Holiday Folk Fair

Volunteers assist with set-up, registration, monitoring event, serving food and much more at annual Holiday Folk Fair which IIW sponsors (November 17-19, 2023)

4 hour shifts


Assistance needed collecting and organizing donations of household and personal items for refugees.


Other Professional Skills

Do you have other professional skills that would be useful to IIW? Write a brief summary of how you would be willing to help.

Contact Lorin for more details: ljones@iiwisconsin.org

2 More opportunities with International Institute of Wisconsin

Request failed
{{ opp.title }}
This is a Virtual Opportunity.
{{ opp.location }}
We'll work with your schedule
{{ opp.dateStr }}
{{ opp.timeStr }}

About International Institute of Wisconsin


1110 North Old World Third Street, Suite 420, Milwaukee, WI 53203, US

Mission Statement

The International Institute of Wisconsin is an organization dedicated to the promotion of international cooperation, understanding, and a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural perspective through education, exchange, communication, social activities, art and immigration and citizenship services.


Founded in 1936, IIW is serving a wide variety of cultural, social and educational needs in the state of Wisconsin. There are four main departments through which IIW fulfills its mission:

Immigration, which also includes refugee resettlement and combating human trafficking, has as its main goal to aid in the development of strong families. This is accomplished though case management for newly arrived refugees or assistance in applying for permanent residency and citizenship

The translation and interpretation department aims to provide comprehensive language services through a roster of over 150 trained interpreters who speak over 50 languages collectively.

The International Visitor’s Leadership Program, a national program through the Department of State, promotes citizen diplomacy by designing and coordinating meetings for international leaders with their counterparts or experts in their field and providing home hospitality and cultural events during their stay in Wisconsin.

IIW also provides numerous educational programs and presentations for schools, museums, local organizations and the general public throughout the year. Most notably, IIW has hosted the Holiday Folk Fair International for over 65 years. This annual celebration takes place at Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, and is a three day event celebrating culture and diversity by bringing together over 30 ethnic groups to showcase their unique traditions.


Children & Youth
Immigrants & Refugees
Children & Youth, Immigrants & Refugees, International


We'll work with your schedule.


1110 North Doctor Martin Luther King Junior DriveSuite 420MilwaukeeMilwaukee, WI 53203



  • Mentoring
  • Community Outreach
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)


  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Each opportunity listed above will require a time commitment between 2 and 4 hours.
  • A desire to work with a multi-cultural, multi-lingual, multi-ethnic population is required.

Report this opportunity