Volunteers are an integral piece of World Relief’s puzzle, greatly assisting World Relief Fox Valley in standing with vulnerable populations through our programs.
World Relief Fox Valley utilizes volunteers on a regular basis to aid in the 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.
At World Relief Fox Valley, it is our firm belief that this volunteer experience involves mutually transformative relationships; in which volunteers are also learning from their new refugee friends. Everyone involved in the relationship empowers, becomes empowered, and learns about how to form real bonds, built on love, dedication, humility, and humbleness.
Please note: Due to policy changes impacting refugee resettlement numbers current volunteer opportunities are limited and orientations are currently on hold. Please e-mail our Community Outreach Coordinator, Kelsey Hulet, if you'd like to be put on the contact list for our next scheduled orientations.
Topics covered in orientation include: Who is World Relief?, What is a Refugee?, The Road to Resettlement, Refugees in the World, Adjustment Issues and Services Provided to Refugees, Self-Sufficiency, Volunteer Expectations, and Helping Without Hurting (along with videos, interactive exercises and time for questions).
**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.**