Volunteer

Exodus Refugee Volunteer Opportunities

Due to the overwhelming number of volunteer applications since the recent Executive Order, Exodus is unable to accept new volunteers at this time.

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To apply for any of the opportunities below, please complete our volunteer formVolunteers must submit a completed background check and attend orientation. 

ONLY DAYTIME OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AT CURRENT TIME

Administrative Opportunities: We need your help serving our refugee clients at our office. Assist with answering phones, greeting and checking in clients, preparing training materials, completing Cultural Orientation Assessments with clients, organizing donations, helping clients access WIC, and more.  

Requirements: Must be available Monday through Friday, between 9 AM and 5 PM, committing for a period of 6 months, volunteering at least 2 times a month.  Must be comfortable functioning in a fast paced environment.

Teach English: The success of resettlement largely depends on the refugee's ability to learn English. Exodus needs volunteers to help teach English classes that meet weekly for 2 to 3 hours. Classes are conducted at the Exodus office and various community locations. You will assist the classroom teacher by teaching English in small groups. All materials and curriculum are supplied. Teaching experience and speaking a second language are not required. 

Requirements: Minimum commitment to teach 1 class per week for 6 months. Must complete training and class observation. Must be able to pass a criminal background check.  We have immediate openings for teachers in our daytime classes.  Must be comfortable interacting with individuals with limited English proficiency.

Be a Tutor: Exodus needs volunteers to serve as English tutors for individuals and families in their home. Teaching experience and speaking a second language are not required. Schedule based on refugee's availability. All materials and curriculum are supplied.

Requirements: Minimum commitment to tutor 1 hour per week for 6 months. Must complete training and tutoring observation. Must be able to pass a criminal background check.  Must be comfortable interacting with individuals with limited English proficiency.

Be a Welcome Team: Perfect for churches, companies, civic organizations, and other groups, Welcome Teams partner with Exodus to assist a refugee family with adjusting to life in the U.S. during their first 90 days. Complete at least 3 Welcome activities, such as meeting the family at the airport, setting up an apartment, preparing a welcome meal, driving them to appointments, teaching English, providing financial assistance (rent, utilities, school supplies etc.) and more.

Requirements: Minimum 90 day commitment. Complete at least 3 activities. Must be comfortable working with individuals with limited English proficiency. Must complete a 2-hour training and be able to pass a criminal background check.

Volunteer as a Group: Groups may volunteer to sort donations, organize our storage area, or complete other special projects as needed. Group volunteer requests must be made at least 30 days prior to the desired volunteer date. Our volunteer activities are not appropriate for youth below 8th grade and we require parental permission for any youth under 18 years old. We prefer groups be no larger than 10 volunteers. Please email Megan Hochbein at mhochbein@exodusrefugee.org for information about current opportunities. 

Requirements: Preferred times for group activities: Fridays between 11 am - 4 pm and Saturdays between 10 am - 1 pm.

Mentor an individual or family: Opportunities currently not available

Mentoring an individual or family is extremely valuable because it allows them to practice English and to attain a better grasp of American culture.

There are a variety of practical skills you can teach newcomers as well. Those skills include but are not limited to budgeting, banking, grocery shopping, and getting acquainted with modern technology. Time with the individual or family can be spent at their home, at your home, and/or taking them out to experience new things in America. This is a great opportunity for families to do together, because children of all cultures find a way to communicate and become friends.

Requirements: Minimum 6-month commitment. Must be able to meet with the refugee individual or family 2-4 times per month. Must be comfortable working with individuals with limited English. Must complete a 2-hour training and be able to pass a criminal background check.

Internships 

Semester- and summer-long internships are available for students interested in the following program areas: Reception & Placement, Intensive Case Management, Self-Sufficiency, English Language Training, Housing, and Development and Communications.

Download Internship Description.

All internships are unpaid. Interns are reimbursed for mileage but are otherwise responsible for all costs of living. We are happy to support interns who wish to get academic credit for their work with Exodus. Internship commitments vary but preference will be given to applicants who are available for a minimum of 16 hours per week for 10 weeks or more.

To apply, please submit a cover letter indicating your program area(s) of interest and your resume to Megan Hochbein, at mhochbein@exodusrefugee.org.