We are so thankful to our in-kind donors who donate their goods to our refugee clients.
In addition to our ongoing donation needs (see sidebar), we also have more immediate donation needs that are constantly changing, depending on our refugees’ situations. Look to the right to see if you can fulfill some of these needs.
Small household items and other light donations can be dropped off at the WRDoffice from
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Donors and volunteers can arrange for pick-up of large furniture donations by filling out the
“Large Donations Pickup Form” below. For questions about donations, contact Ben Francis (Resource Specialist) at email@example.com.
For more information on donations, visit the S.E.R.V.E. Toolkit.
Many volunteers often ask ways in which they can get involved outside of the Good Neighbor Team and general refugee partner volunteer opportunities. Below is a list of additional volunteers can serve. Keep in mind one of the goals of volunteering is to build long-lasting relationships that empower, not enable, refugees:
In addition to our ongoing volunteer opportunities, the following are more immediate volunteer needs.
1. Do you have mechanical skills? Do you have mechanic skills? Jesus multiplied the bread and fish that a boy humbly gave away. World Relief has one car to humbly give away, and we are praying that God will use it to provide opportunities beyond what we can see. Please donate time fine-tuning this car so that it can be donated to a refugee who will use it to serve others without transportation. Contact Elissa Hill, firstname.lastname@example.org .
2. Are you a male that loves soccer? Many of our male refugees love playing soccer and would enjoy getting to know new people by playing a game together. This is a relaxing and entertaining way to build friendships and minister to the newcomer community. Contact Jessica Jones, email@example.com.
3. Do you have experience applying for jobs? Our refugee clients are busy searching for jobs. If you have ever applied for a job, you know that the process is confusing, stressful and complicated, even for an English-speaking American. Assist refugees in this process by conducting mock interviews, helping them fill out applications, searching for jobs and practicing interview skills. Contact Brianna Bake, firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Do you know how to ride the Durham public bus? Or want to learn how to? And want to teach refugees to do the same?: Our refugees’ main form of transportation is riding the bus. Therefore, they need to learn how so they can get to work, go to the grocery store, visit the bank and relax on a Saturday in the park. You and your small group can organize a day to teach a group of refugees how to ride the bus (if you don’t know how, you can learn, too). Contact Gabrielle Keath at email@example.com.
5. Teach refugees the basics of budgeting: Financial literacy is an important factor in achieving self-sufficiency. Help refugees understand budgeting, currency, bank accounts and money by meeting with them and coaching them. Contact Brianna Baker, firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. Teach refugees to take advantage of free services offered by the public library: Many of our refugee clients do not have internet in their homes. The Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill public libraries offer many free services to be used by our refugees, including free internet. Help refugees obtain a library card, learn how to use the computers (especially for job searching) and find helpful books. Contact Brianna Bake, email@example.com.
7. Volunteer with a male refugee or a group of refugee men: Our single men refugees are most often neglected from volunteer partnership. If you are a male and are interested in partnering in friendship and assisting in the resettlement of refugee men, contact Kaylee Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
8. Partner your business with us: We are seeking to build connections with businesses and employers in our community. Do you own a business or have openings at your workplace? Refugees are always seeking work upon arrival, especially in entry-level retail positions. If you are interested or want to receive more information, contact Elissa Hill at email@example.com.
9. Organize a financial literacy seminar: WRD can provide you with materials for assisting our refugees in understanding how to properly manage their finances. If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Kaylee Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
10. Organize the WRD clothing closet: We are seeking organized volunteers to assist in cleaning up and sorting the clothing closet. If you’re interested, contact Kaylee Baker at email@example.com.
11. Become an on-call appointment assistant: Although we aim to create self-sufficiency in refugees by encouraging them to ride the bus to various events and appointments, some situations require us to drive our refugees. We are seeking a volunteer with daytime availability to be available to take refugees to various health appointments. If you’re interested, contact Kaylee Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
12. Partner with Refugees Who Are Already Living in the Triangle: You can also partner with refugees who have already arrived in the U.S. Contact Kaylee Baker at email@example.com or 919.724.4816 to set up a partnership today.
13. Clean a WRD vehicle: WRD staff uses our donated company cars on a daily basis to pick up refugees from the airport, drive them to medical appointments and tackle emergency situations. Therefore, our cars get beat up, dirty and worn pretty quickly. We are seeking a volunteer to clean, detail, vacuum and wash our cars. If interested, contact Kaylee Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org.