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Volunteer

Steps to becoming a volunteer:

  1. Complete an online application
  2. Complete background check
  3. Attend Refugee 101 Training
  4. Attend a training specific to your chosen volunteer opportunity
  5. Mentors will be expected to complete an interview

Volunteer 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 classes weekly for 2.5 hours at Exodus. All materials and curriculum are supplied.

Requirements: Minimum commitment: teach 1 class per week for 6 months. Must complete trainings and class observation. Teaching experience is required and ESL experience will be given preference.

Tutor: Exodus needs volunteers to serve as English tutors for individuals and families in their homes. Schedule based on refugee’s availability. All materials and curriculum are supplied.

Requirements: Minimum commitment: tutor 1 hour per week for 6 months. Must complete trainings and observation. Teaching experience is required and ESL experience will be given preference.

Be a Welcome Team

Perfect for churches, companies, civic organizations, and other groups, Welcome Teams partner with Exodus to assist a refugee family with adjusting to life in the U.S. during their first 90 days. 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.

Mentor

Due to the decrease in newly arrived refugees, this volunteer opportunity is currently unavailable. We encourage you to get involved in other ways. 

Working with a mentor allows newcomers to practice English and attain a better grasp of American culture.

Refugees who enter the program will identify specific goals to work towards with mentors. Mentors will be expected to meet with clients twice a month at minimum to work on goals. Goals may include practical skills such as grocery shopping, budgeting, banking, and 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 America. 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 trainings and a personal interview.

VOLUNTEER APPLICATION