Due to the current legislation on Immigration and Refugee Resettlement Programs, World Relief High Point/Winston-Salem will only offer volunteer opportunities that require a commitment of at least 1-2 hours a week for minimum period of 3 months.
ESL TUTOR: Help refugees or survivors improve their English! ESL tutors must be able to commit to at least one session per week (1-3 hours a week) for a minimum of three months. Tutoring takes place in the client’s home or another agreed-upon location. Tutors must have an excellent command of the English language. Though experience is helpful, it is not required. WR offers ESL training and optional curriculum as well as a limited number of additional resources. Patience and creativity go a long way in this vital, independent role.
FRIENDSHIP PARTNER: Loneliness is one of the greatest challenges refugees face in America, so good friends are greatly in need. FPs are matched with families or individual refugees, assisting with orientation to the community and free/low-cost activities around the city; providing transportation if possible; serving as a first point of reference during a refugee's cultural adjustment process; and in many cases offering to assist in basic English language acquisition The goal is to build lasting and mutually enriching friendships. On average, FPs should aim to devote 2 hours/week to this opportunity, for a minimum of six months. Being a Friendship Partner, requires patience, creativity, compassion, and independence.
GOOD NEIGHBOR TEAM: True transformation happens through relationship. The GNT opportunity allows for relationships to form. A GNT is a group of 5-12 people who are passionate about showing Christ’s love to the refugee community here in the Triad area. A GNT is partnered with an individual refugee or refugee family for a minimum of six months and works to assist World Relief High Point staff with various aspects of the resettlement process. A GNT’s role is to create loving, lasting, life-long, mutually beneficial relationships with their partnered refugees through weekly visits (1-2 hrs. per visit) to the family and assisting with the resettlement process. A GNT is often a pre- existing small group or community group from a local Church; however, a GNT can also be any group of people that come together out of their passion for serving the vulnerable.
FRONT DESK STAFF: Front Desk volunteers are vital to World Relief operations, greeting each and every person who visits the office. Volunteers also answer the main phone line, file paperwork and occasionally processes donations. Shifts run 9AM-12PM or 1PM-5PM Monday-Friday.
ROAD RUNNERS: Don’t have a consistent schedule to commit to? Consider joining our “on-call roster.” You’ll be contacted occasionally for specific transportation needs as they arise. These opportunities may include but are not limited to: medical appointments, immigration appointments, school enrollments, and additional transportation needs. Weekly commitment of 2-4 hrs.
INTERPRETATION: For World Relief to best serve immigrant and refugee families, we rely on community interpreters. We currently seek on-call volunteer interpreters for the following languages: Arabic, Farsi/Dari, Pashto, Urdu, Burmese, Chin, Karen, Kinyarwanda, Tigrinya, Swahili, Somali, and Spanish.
TRIAD COMMUNITY RESPONSE TEAM: TCRT seeks to develop long-term strategies and resources as well as a network in order to apply a holistic approach to the issue of human trafficking by uniting existing organizations, promoting community education, awareness, and prevention, and identifying and developing long-term resources for survivors. The TCRT meets quarterly between Forsyth and Guilford County and requires a weekly commitment of 1 hr., to work on resourcing, raising awareness and educating the community on the crime of human trafficking.