Find your place in the story.

There are many ways to join World Relief Seattle in welcoming the stranger and building transformational relationships.

Browse our volunteer opportunities below to see where your gifts, abilities and interests align with coming alongside refugees and immigrants. Be sure to click through the headings of the different opportunities to see more details and apply for a position. You don’t have to be an expert to make an impact! 

Be sure to check out our Volunteer Toolkit for more resources on walking alongside refugees and other vulnerable immigrants.

Count it twice! Aside from building friendships and community, some volunteer hours are eligible to be matched with grant funding. Current volunteers can register to track their hours here

Opportunities to help refugees and immigrants

Cultural Companions walk alongside refugees and vulnerable immigrants, with the goal of developing a mutually transformative relationship. Cultural Companions are matched with refugee and immigrant families to meet weekly for at least 6 months. Share meals, practice English, help out with practical advice about American life, and build friendships!


World Relief Seattle believes in holistic refugee resettlement. Our Women's Sewing Class offers a safe space for women to learn English, foster community, and develop skills. Watch the video and read more about the program here.


Over 40% of the refugees and immigrants we serve are children. World Relief is providing educational and developmental opportunities that build the essential academic, personal and social skills needed to succeed. Help Refugee Children today.


ESL Assistants serve in our English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at our office in Kent or at an ESL program at one of our partner Churches. This can be a great way to meet refugees from many backgrounds and help in a very meaningful way.


Host Homes offer shelter and hospitality to refugees for their first week or so in the United States. Introduce refugees to an American home: thermostats, washing machines, and casseroles – they’re all new to many refugees. It’s a great way to create a safe place for a refugee families first steps, and become the family's first American friend.


Front desk volunteers facilitate a welcoming and friendly environment for visitors to the World Relief Seattle office. Direct refugees and immigrants to needed staff members and field phone calls from refugees, volunteers, donors, and community members in a fast paced environment. There is no better role to meet many refugees and World Relief staff members! Learn how to volunteer at the front. 


Minister to and encourage immigrant detainees at the Northwest Immigration Detention Center in Tacoma by visiting detainees, writing letters, or facilitating Saturday and Sunday church services. The goal is to serve detainees in Word and Deed, helping them to grow in faith in Christ and walking alongside them as they experience detention and when they are released or deported. 


Interns serve alongside staff: assisting with practical needs, gaining professional casework skills and learning about refugee resettlement and cross-cultural ministry. This is a highly relational, hands-on internship involving significant commitment and responsibility. 


Volunteer alongside the World Relief job team to prepare refugees and immigrants for employment. This position offers individual support to refugees and immigrants as they apply for jobs and adjust to new work cultures and expectations. Join the job team in shaping strong applicants!


Refugee families are arriving every week and that means MANY apartments need to be set up. We collect donations of basic household goods and need help collecting and organizing these items for placement in refugees’ first apartments in America. Find out what items we accept.


Other Opportunities to Serve:

Volunteer with The Refugee Project, our educational simulation experience..

Advocate for refugee-related policy and legislation.



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