In order to become a WRD volunteer, one must complete the following four steps, in no particular order. However, volunteers are encouraged (but not required) to complete steps one through three before attending an orientation. Potential volunteers do not have to complete all steps in one sitting.
Refugees trust us at WRD and therefore trust that the people we bring into their lives are trustworthy, passionate and dedicated as well. These steps are to be completed before one can begin volunteering:
The application is extensive and necessary, as we take working with newcomers very seriously. It allows WRD to learn more about its volunteers and place them in volunteer opportunities that align with their passions and skills. Applicants should indicate in which volunteer opportunity or opportunities they are interested. The volunteer coordinator and church engagement specialist will then contact the volunteers with information on a potentially partnered client or with more details on their potential volunteer experience. Volunteer opportunities are described on the S.E.R.V.E. Toolkit’s Volunteer Category pages.
2. Fill out a criminal background check form (required) and motor vehicle background check form (if applicable).
Volunteers are required to get a criminal background check, and those who anticipate driving with a refugee are required to get both a criminal background check and motor vehicle check (WRD encourages volunteers to fill out both checks just in case). Please note that World Relief, not an interested volunteer, pays for background checks to be conducted.
In order to complete references, volunteers are to email the link to the reference form found on WRD’s website to TWO* people who can advocate for them. References can be from friends, family, co-workers, classmates, etc. Only WRD can see references’ responses.
*Note the requirement is now TWO references, not three, as it was previously.
Volunteer orientations are held once a month, usually the first Wednesday* of the month from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the WRD office in the multipurpose room. Click the above link for dates and more information. Please RSVP to Kaylee Law at email@example.com. If volunteers are looking to get involved before a the next monthly orientation or are unable to make the orientation, please contact the volunteer coordinator.
*Subject to change.
5. After finishing the application process:
The volunteer coordinator and church engagement specialist will review a volunteer’s application and then contact the volunteer with details about getting started. If an applicant does not hear from WRD within one week, he or she should not hesitate to call or email the volunteer coordinator.
Does my child need to apply to volunteer with WRD? If a child under the age of 14 is volunteering with a parent, he/she does not need to apply. Children ages 14 and above 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, background checks and orientation credit last for one year. References never expire. If you volunteered with WRD over a year ago, please resubmit your application, background checks and attend another orientation.