Volunteers are an integral piece of World Relief’s puzzle, greatly assisting World Relief Fox Valley in serving vulnerable populations through our programs.
World Relief Fox Valley utilizes volunteers on a regular basis to aid in fulfillment of program requirements, and to provide mentorship, friendship, and general assistance to refugees and refugee families. Prior to refugee arrivals, volunteers assist staff in gathering donations for refugee housing, setting up housing, and grocery shopping for new arrivals.
Volunteers are also trained by WRFV staff to help refugees once they have arrived in the United States, aiding staff in helping refugees adjust to a new environment, culture, and lifestyle.
Volunteers donate their time and resources, providing support to newcomers by helping them get to necessary medical appointments, taking them shopping for groceries and climate-appropriate clothing, and teaching them to navigate the community via public transportation. Volunteers help to teach refugees basic living skills such as housekeeping and budgeting. In addition, volunteers spend time as ESL tutors, interpreters, and translators, and function as cultural and community guides, helping refugees learn about their new community and the public resources available to them, demonstrating personal and public safety practices, and answering questions clients may have about their new environments.
World Relief is currently focusing on their mission of empowering the local churches to help resettle arriving refugees; therefore, we will not be holding volunteer orientations - we resume volunteer orienation nights late summer or early fall. If you would like to be added to our contact list of when orienations will resume click here to email Kelsey Hulet; otherwise you can click here to find out how to rally your congergation to become a Good Neighbor Team!
**Please note that our offices serve the Fox Valley so we currently only place and serve clients living in Appleton and Oshkosh, WI. Therefore all of our volunteer opportunities will be in these two cities only. If you are interested in finding opportunities with refugees for a different geographical location in the state please feel free to check out Wisconsin’s list of agencies by geographical location here.**