volunteer job descriptions
Below you’ll find one-paragraph descriptions of the volunteer opportunities available at World Relief Minnesota. You also can download one-page postion descriptions from our Catalog of Volunteer Opportunities. Pdf files can be accessed by clicking on the position titles.
Refugees resettled through World Relief Minnesota and/or participating in WRM’s employment program encounter many obstacles during their first several months in the U.S. WRM’s New Neighbor Program seeks to empower members of the local church to respond to God’s persistent call to welcome the ‘stranger’ by connecting newly arrived refugee families to volunteers who provide the needed support during these critical moments in cultural adjustment. The goal of the New Neighbor Program is for refugees and volunteers to build relationships and participate in cultural exchange as the refugee families resettle in the Twin Cities. Through this process, refugees and volunteers come to see one another as neighbors instead of strangers. To be a neighbor, whether you are the refugee or the volunteer, is to be a friend, a cultural broker, a teacher, and a learner.
Partner with World Relief’s Case Management team in welcoming and providing Reception & Placement services for refugees throughout the 90 day resettlement period by transporting clients to various appointments and remaining with them throughout the appointment to ensure its completion. Types of appointments include: applying for public assistance at the county, applying for Social Security cards, ESL and school registration, applying for a state ID at a DMV office, WIC appointments, trips to the grocery store, doctor appointments, and clothing closet or furniture appointments. You will have the opportunity to interact with refugees from various cultural backgrounds and learn much about our area’s local government services and social services systems.
In order to become self-sufficient, refugees must be able to learn English and find employment. Transportation is one of the largest barriers for refugees attempting to accomplish these tasks. You can assist new arrivals to overcome this barrier by accompanying them on the bus to their English class, job counselor, first days of work, or appointments at the World Relief Minnesota office.
Help ensure the overall efficiency of World Relief Minnesota (WRM) in collecting and distributing in-kind resources for newly arrived refugees. Resources include hygiene products, kitchen ware and utensils, bedding, towels, cleaning products, and warm clothing.
The work of World Relief Minnesota is ultimately dependent on the provision of God. In other words, helping refugees with warm clothing, housing, and help adjusting to life in Minnesota is impossible without a solid foundation of prayer. Seeking God on the behalf of refugees arriving in Minnesota is the first and most important step in helping them survive and thrive here. As a prayer group, a small group, or just by yourself, you can contribute invaluable time supporting WRM through prayer.
Our Somali neighbors are learning English and how to adjust to life in Minnesota after escaping the violence of civil war and the extreme hardship of refugee camps. Join us in welcoming and loving our new neighbors. SALT volunteers meet with a Somali man or woman once a week to build a friendship as you help them learn English and learn how to read. The purpose of this position is: 1) To build friendship and trust while helping students learn to communicate in English, and 2) at times to help a student learn to read and write for the first time in their lives.
There are many unique and creative ways to serve the refugee community. If you have a great idea fitting outside of our current volunteer descriptions that you would like to share, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org