Staying Safe and Helping Others During COVID-19

Find Your Place in the Story

From English classes and citizenship clinics to mentoring and tutoring after school, there are so many ways to build relationships and show welcome to refugees and immigrants in your community! Bring your gifts, abilities and interests, and World Relief will help you connect them to walk alongside these families and individuals as they rebuild their lives in the Chicago suburbs!

Note: Due to precautions around COVID-19, many of our volunteer opportunities are currently operating virtually, and your welcome is needed more than ever! Click the link below to learn more about these opportunities & to apply!

Learn How to Get Involved



"Volunteering is a learning experience. I learn about the needs of refugees and immigrants, immigration law and policy, and teaching English. Mostly, I learn about the world by getting to know immigrants, their lives, and their stories."

--Paul, World Relief Volunteer


"Serving in the ESL program has helped me love my diverse city even more, and the students inspire and remind me to love my neighbor each week by their joy, enthusiasm, tenacity, and gratefulness."

--World Relief Volunteer


"By volunteering,  have met and been inspired by people who are selfless, compassionate, and brave beyond belief. It has shown me all that we are and all that we can be, if only we reach out a helping hand to others"

--World Relief Volunteer

Get Your Church Involved

We are committed to partnering with and equipping local churches to participate in the ministry of welcome. We partner with over 250 churches of all sizes and ethnic backgrounds. We want to encourage even more churches to begin or continue their journey of welcome, with flexible ways to get involved. We call this pathway Start, RISE, Stand. Follow the links below for more information on each.

Start exploring what it might look like for your church to serve refugees and immigrants. We prepare an individualized plan for your congregation to learn and launch into a ministry of welcome.

RISE stands for Refugee and Immigrant Sunday Emphasis. We partner with you to design and deliver a customized event or program that will help your congregation understand God’s heart for refugees and immigrants.

Stand with refugees and immigrants by taking what you’ve learned from your RISE event and putting it into action to welcome refugees and immigrants in the community.