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Indianapolis Volunteer Opportunities

Please consider applying for one of our top opportunities!

Front Desk Coverage

We need your help greeting our refugee clients at our office. Primary responsibilities include answering phones and checking in clients. Expect a fast-paced environment with high traffic times, clients who speak minimal English, and little interpretation help. This is a good opportunity to volunteer individually or with a friend!

Requirements: Must be available during the work week, between 9 AM and 4 PM. Minimum commitment: work at the desk twice a month for at least 3 hours. Six month commitment required.

Teach English

Classroom Teacher: The success of resettlement largely depends on a refugee’s access to English instruction. Volunteers will teach English 1.5 hour classes weekly at Exodus. All materials and curriculum are supplied.

Requirements: Minimum commitment: Teach at least one 1.5 hour class per week for 6 months. Classes are scheduled for Monday – Thursday at 9:30A and 11A. Volunteers must complete trainings and class observation. Teaching experience is required and ESL experience will be given preference. This is currently a virtual volunteer opportunity teaching via Zoom. 

Conversation Partner

Having a conversation partner provides newcomers with the opportunity to practice their English-speaking skills. This is a great resource for refugees to supplement the skills that they learn in their ESL classes, as well as for those volunteers who thrive with one-on-one situations. This opportunity often evolves into a newcomer having a social connection that also helps them to successfully integrate in life in America.

Requirements: Minimum 6-month commitment. Must be able to meet with the refugee individual or family 2-4 times per month. Must complete 1 training in addition to Refugee 101.

Teen Mentor

Refugee youth face unique challenges as they adapt to life in the United States. A mentor provides guidance on how to navigate US culture as a teen and walks with refugee youth as they work towards their future goals. Mentors provide encouragement and support to assist refugees teens in setting themselves up for success.

Mentors will be matched with one or two teens. Teens participating in the program will identify goals they would like to work toward with the help of their mentor. In the past, mentors have helped teens with homework, helped them study for the driver’s test, and taken them to get a library card. Additionally, Exodus will hold monthly educational events for the teens that mentors and mentees will attend together. These will cover topics such as college readiness, employment readiness, and cultural adjustment, in addition to other fun activities.

RequirementsMinimum 9-month commitment. Must be able to meet with the refugee teen at least 2 times per month. Must complete Exodus trainings, Stewards of Children Training (online), and a personal interview. This volunteer opportunity is a hybrid opportunity (both virtual and in-person). 

Youth Tutoring Volunteer

The Youth Tutoring program pairs refugee kids from 3rd –8th grades with an adult tutor who can help them navigate the U.S. Education system, help them with homework, and work together to achieve their educational goals and wishes. The tutor meets with the student at a minimum of 2 hours a week to work with the student on their educational needs. The Program also offers quarterly group activities with Exodus for students and tutors to learn and have fun together. The events consist of educational and fun activities for both adults and children.  

 

Requirements: Minimum 1-year commitment. Must be able to meet with the refugee student at least once a week (2 hours minimum). Preferably with educational or tutoring experience, but not required. Must complete Exodus trainings, Stewards of Children Training (online), and a personal interview. This volunteer opportunity is a hybrid opportunity (both virtual and in-person).

Life Skills Mentor

Working with a mentor helps newcomers attain a better grasp of American culture, successfully integrate into their new community, and achieve personal goals. Refugees will identify goals to work towards with their mentors. Goals might include practical skills such as grocery shopping, budgeting, banking, or getting acquainted with modern technology. Time with the individual or family can be spent at their home, at your home, and/or taking them out to experience new things in Indiana. This is a great opportunity for families, as children have a special ability to form cross-cultural friendships.

Requirements: Minimum 6-month commitment. Must be able to meet with the refugee individual or family 2-4 times per month. Must complete 1 training in addition to Refugee 101.

Bus Training Volunteer

The Exodus Bus Training Program seeks to assist newcomers in achieving self-sufficiency as they learn how to navigate their city via the bus system. Refugees will identify their goals in travel skills. This would always include learning how to get from their home to Exodus but could also include learning how to travel to the grocery store, their job, their school, or even public service locations (like the Social Security office or their local BMV). Volunteers and clients alike will have the opportunity to learn more about the city of Indianapolis, enjoy some sights along the way, and develop friendships based upon shared experience.

Time Commitment/Requirements: Minimum 3-month commitment. Operating hours for this opportunity range between 7A – 4P on Monday through Friday. Outings generally take a minimum of 3 hours round trip. Please communicate availability within this window – volunteers should be prepared to be called upon approximately 1 week in advance (it is not mandatory to accept every opportunity – just be willing to be asked).

R+P Transportation Volunteer

The R+P (Reception and Placement) Program seeks to provide support to our case management team by transporting newcomers and their families to initial health screenings, grocery store outings, bank visits, and more. This is a great way for volunteers to provide practical and emotional support to refugee families as they learn to navigate the American medical system for the first time. Having a personal vehicle and space to take multiple people at a time will be mandatory for this opportunity.

Time Commitment/Requirements: Minimum 3-month commitment. Operating hours for this opportunity range between 7A – 4P on Monday through Friday. Please communicate availability within this window – volunteers should be prepared to be called upon between 1 week to 1 day in advance (it is not mandatory to accept every opportunity – just be willing to be asked). A copy of driver’s licenses and insurance cards will be required.

Be a Community Support Team

Perfect for faith organizations, companies, and civic organizations, Community Support Teams partner with Exodus to assist a refugee family with adjusting to life in the U.S. Groups typically work with a family during their first 90 days in the U.S., but may also be placed with a recently arrived family who would benefit from support. Commit to at least 3 Welcome activities, such as meeting the family at the airport, setting up an apartment, providing transportation to appointments, teaching English, providing financial assistance (rent, utilities, school supplies etc.) and more.

Requirements: Minimum 90-day commitment. Must be comfortable working with individuals with limited English proficiency. Groups must complete a comprehensive training and all participants must pass a criminal background check.

One-Time Opportunities

1) Warehouse Help/Donation Sorting – We need assistance maintaining the order of our warehouse by way of sorting donations, assembling furniture from boxes, organizing closes, and/or staging furniture. Please let us know if you are available to assist with this need.

2) Apartment Setups – We are currently expecting a large volume of refugee cases to be added to our community, and we will need help setting up those apartments or rental houses. This would involve unloading moving trucks and/or unpacking household items to be placed neatly in the new home. Please let us know what your availability is when you complete an application, as we are often given very short notice to when a new refugee family arrives and need volunteers to be on call if needed.

Note: COVID-19 precautions are observed. Please come prepared to wear a mask at all times if volunteering for one of these opportunities (if you do not have one, one will be provided to you). Social distancing will be practiced (6 feet as often as possible). 

 

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Every volunteer opportunity listed here is important, regardless of need status! Please feel free to request the opportunity that is the best fit for you. All volunteers must be at least 18 years old. For help identifying the right volunteer opportunity for you, contact Jericho Jones, Volunteer Coordinator, at jjones@exodusrefugee.org.

 

Become a Volunteer

Thanks for continuing to offer your support to Exodus!

To become a volunteer, you will need to complete the following steps:

Steps to becoming a volunteer:

  1. Complete an online application
  2. Attend Refugee 101 Training
  3. Complete background check
  4. Attend a training specific to your chosen volunteer opportunity
  5. Youth mentors will be expected to complete an in-person (or virtual) interview

If you have already completed your volunteer application, Jericho will continue to communicate with you about training and other volunteer opportunities!

Exodus is requiring all volunteers who want to either come to the Exodus office or meet with clients in person to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of this vaccination to Exodus. As always, the safety and well-being of our clients and volunteers is our top priority, and this will help us keep everyone safe!

Exodus will honor valid medical and religious exemptions.  We ask that you provide us with a doctor’s note in the case of a medical exemption, or a note from your religious leader indicating that you are a member of a religious group that does not allow you to be vaccinated.

Background Check

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