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Support Refugees and Immigrants in Need with Heartland's Preferred Communities Program

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

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Preferred Communities

Refugees and other displaced peoples are already some of the most vulnerable in today's society, but there are those among them with particularly dire needs. Heartland Alliance's Preferred Communities program is dedicated to supporting those who are in need of additional care including some of the following:

  • Clients with Disability or Medical Conditions ​
  • Clients with Social/Psychological Conditions ​
  • Clients with Substance dependency ​
  • Elderly clients ​
  • HIV-positive clients ​
  • LGBT clients ​
  • Secondary Migrant ​
  • Single-parent household ​
  • Survivors of Torture/Sexual and Gender-Based Violence
In supporting the Preferred Community team, volunteers will be matched with a Heartland participant and schedule regular meetings to help them in their transition into life in the United States, daily tasks that they may not be familiar with or otherwise need assistance with, and occasionally accompany them to medical appointments. This is a great opportunity to truly help someone in need of support and welcome them into the country. It may seem daunting at first, but you don't need to be an expert on anything to help and the Heartland team will be there to support you and your match every step along the way.

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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.


Advocacy & Human Rights
Immigrants & Refugees
Advocacy & Human Rights, Community, Immigrants & Refugees


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations Chicago, IL 60626






  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • We ask that volunteers commit to four hours per month.
  • Background Check, HIPPA Training, Mandated Reporter Training, Volunteer Orientation

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