Application Process

Welcome potential WRD volunteer!

We are excited that you are interested in serving and partnering with the refugee community. 

To learn more about WRD's volunteer opportunities, click here. 


Next Steps for Applicants After Submitting an Application:

Someone from the volunteer coordination department will contact you with your volunteer eligibility once: 

  1. We receive responses from your references
  2. We receive your background check results
  3. You attend orientation: IEO is required for all volunteers, and SEO is additionally required for Good Neighbor Teams & Friendship Partners

If eligible to volunteer, the volunteer coordination department will then connect you to an opportunity.

After attending all required orientations, someone from the volunteer coordination department will contact you (generally within the next two weeks) to clarify your volunteer opportunity interest.

*You are required to attend the volunteer orientation related to your chosen volunteer opportunity before engaging in that opportunity.* 

You can attend a required volunteer orientation at any point in the application process - you could attend before starting the application process, in the middle of the process, or after you finish the process. Attending an orientation does not lock you in as a volunteer. You are welcome to attend as a way to help you learn if you wish to volunteer with WRD. However, attending a volunteer orientation is required before engaging in a WRD volunteer opportunity. 

Application FAQs: 

Does my child need to apply to volunteer with WRD?

If a child under the age of 16 is volunteering with a parent, he/she does not need to apply. Applicants who are 16 and 17 years old will need to complete an application separate from their parents, with the parents’ permission indicated if they are under the age of 18.

I volunteered with WRD in the past. Do I need to resubmit an application? 

Volunteer applications and background checks last for one year. References never expire. The Relase of Liability Form and an online system for tracking volunteer hours are new requirements, and all volunteers are to complete these, whether or not they filled out an application within the year. Ask the volunteer coordinator if you need to attend another orientation, as this varies. 

Is there an age limit on volunteering?

There is no age limit to volunteering. However, those under the age of 16 must always be accompanied by an official WRD volunteer over the age of 16 when serving.