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ORGANIZATION: World Relief Seattle


Program Summary: For many recently arrived families, tackling a brand new education system in an unfamiliar language is a major challenge - with limited orientation opportunities. Many families find themselves inundated with school communications, wandering a new neighborhood searching for their bus stop, or being passed between school staff looking for how to advocate for their children. School Navigators are assigned to families with temporary needs navigating school for their children, easing the transition to a flourishing academic future.

Regular Volunteer Role: School Navigators are flexible, bouncing between various engagements for either 1 orientation day or perhaps a several week journey of advocacy. List of opportunities will be sent to available Navigators, who can support if their time allows. Specific experience is not necessary, though community members who feel confident navigating the basics of the school system are encouraged to join.

  • Commitment: Reasonable availability on any schedule; willing to pick up responsibility for various needs if they fit your week or month
  • Location: Flexible - may be at a family's home, or at a local school. Volunteers have the option of setting a preferred location boundary for assignments


  • Patient, kind, and passionate about welcoming and supporting newly arrived families
  • Comfortable navigating school-related day-to-day information (for example, communications, class schedules, transportation system, picture day, calling teachers, etc.)
  • Additional languages other than English are a high need, particularly Dari, Pashto, Ukrainian, or Russian
  • Availability and willingness to support regularly, according to your schedule
  • Able to pass a federal background check
  • Consistently report volunteer hours

If you are interested in the below, please complete our World Relief King County Volunteer Application! (

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About World Relief Seattle


841 Central Ave. N., Suite C-106, Kent, WA 98032, US

Mission Statement

World Relief is a Christian organization that helps refugees fleeing political, social and religious persecution begin new lives in the Seattle area. Our mission is to empower the Church to serve the most vulnerable. Our vision is to see refugees become fully-functioning, integrated, and vibrant participants in society by helping them conquer the many hurdles along that path.


World Relief works with volunteers, local churches, the community, the U.S. Department of State, and other NGOs to help refugees begin new lives in the Puget Sound area. Our goal is for refugees to become self-sufficient by empowering and aiding them in their journey of building a new life in America. Under a federal contract, we provide casework time, English language instruction, and job placement assistance, among other services. In the past year, we've welcomed more than 800 refugees to Seattle from countries as diverse as Burma, Iraq, Bhutan, Somalia, and Eritrea.

With World Relief's services and the help of a local volunteer network, these newcomers are able to build peaceful and productive new lives in America.


Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Immigrants & Refugees
Children & Youth, Education & Literacy, Immigrants & Refugees


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations Kent, WA 98032



  • General Education
  • Mentoring
  • Youth Services
  • Child Welfare
  • Child Development
  • Transportation




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training

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