Volunteer Opportunities with World Relief!

We're now accepting new volunteers! Here's how you can sign up to serve with us: 

1. Sign up for volunteer orientation here
2. After volunteer orientation, our volunteer coordinators will send you a link to the volunteer application
3. Get matched with a refugee family and start serving
4. Track your hours on this form

Current Volunteer Opportunities

  • Calling all bilingual volunteers! We have two new opportunities for volunteers who speak two or more languages:

    • We are beginning to recruit volunteers for our new Mentorship Program. If you are interested in mentoring a refugee or immigrant young adult and you speak at least one other language fluently (especially, but not limited to: Spanish, French, Arabic, Karen, Dari, Pashto, Kinyarwanda, Swahili), please email our Mentorship Coordinator, Selina Máté (smate@wr.org) to learn more.
    • We are looking for fluent Spanish-speakers to do some community outreach for our Immigration Legal Services Center. Hours are flexible. If you are interested in this opportunity, please email Sarah Blanchard (sblanchard@wr.org).
  • Friendship Partner Opportunities

    • Many of our refugee friends have expressed a desire to learn our community bus routes better. Taking the bus is the primary way they get around town for things like groceries, appointments, and work. But it can be difficult to understand the system without some help. We are looking for volunteers who are willing to ride the bus with refugees to help them learn their routes and some basic bus literacy. You do not need to be familiar with the bus system to be a good bus partner! We have a very helpful training to guide you. And just by merit of your familiarity with the local language and culture, you will be a big help! If you are interested in this opportunity, please email Sarah Blanchard (sblanchard@wr.org).
  • Donation Needs

    • World Relief Durham is currently collecting the following items for donation. To arrange a donation, please email our Donations Manager, Josh (wrddonations@wr.org).
      • Couches & chairs
      • Pots & Pans
      • Kitchen Knives
      • Household Cleaners
      • Toilet Paper
      • Paper Towels

Friendship Partners (FPs) are friends with refugees who assist them in specific areas of need. When refugees arrive to the U.S., they are oftentimes isolated from the greater community or a support system. Friendship Partners (FPs) are individuals who want to love on the refugee community by spending time with them, showing them emotional support and assisting with their adjustment to the U.S. through relationship. Click here for more information.


We're launching our new Youth Services Program and need your help! We're looking for volunteers to commit to mentoring and tutoring refugee and immigrant students. Click here for more information.



We're looking forward to World Relief Durham's Youth Refugee & Immigrant Summer Enrichment (RISE) Camp. The goal of this camp is to provide refugee & immigrant youth with opportunities to combat summer learning loss in a culturally and linguistically supported environment- but we need your help! Click here for more information.


We're accepting donations to meet various refugee needs. Check out this link to see how you can contribute (donate)


We contract out work and are always looking for individuals who would be willing to interpret on behalf of World Relief and on behalf of the refugees we serve. Click here for more information.


Apartment Set up Teams are formed when a refugee or refugee family is arriving to the states and prepare the home for your refugee partner. Tasks include filling the house with furniture, groceries, and other essentials. Click here for more information.


Good Neighbor Teams (GNT)are a group of people partnered for friendship with a newly arrived refugee group or family. The GNT makes weekly visits with their refugee partner for at least 6 months. Click here for more information.


In this role, you will join a small group to welcome a new refugee partner to the U.S. by meeting them at the airport and helping them get to their new home. You will help create “Welcome to the U.S.” signs and provide a small welcome gift. After assisting in this way, you will say good bye to your new friends, and hopefully meet up with them again to continue a friendship. Click here for more information.


If you are interested in housing a refugee or refugee family, of if you think you have another housing opportunity, we ask that you contact our World Relief Durham Office so we can set up a time to talk. Click here to contact us.