You can make a world of difference in the lives of refugees, immigrants and survivors of human trafficking by sharing your time and talents.
Volunteers play an integral role in creating welcoming communities here at World Relief Triad, and we strive to ensure our relationship with our volunteers is a mutually beneficial one. We hope you gain as much from the experience as those whom you will serve.
Cooperative Learning Environments
Cooperative Learning Environments (CLEs) are weekly topical-based educational and interactive sessions, in which World Relief clients and community volunteers are invited to participate together. CLEs provide not only an opportunity for learning, but also a natural social environment for relational connections to form. CLE volunteers are encouraged to look for opportunities to develop relationships that may expand outside of the regular gathering times. For more information on Cooperative Learning Environments, please visit this link.
Other Individual Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer services staff will talk with each individual volunteer applicant in order to get to know them better and find the best place for them to engage. Sometime a volunteer's specific personality or skills may be a good fit to meet an existing need or opportunity not listed in our main opportunities.
Good Neighbor Teams
True transformation happens through relationship. A Good Neighbor Team (GNT) is a group of 5-12 people who are passionate about showing the love of Jesus to the refugee and immigrant community here in the Triad area. A GNT is partnered with a refugee or immigrant family for a minimum of 6 months and works to assist World Relief Triad staff with various aspects of the resettlement or integration process through at least weekly interactions. A GNT is often a pre-existing small group or community group from a local Church; however, a GNT can also be any group of people that come together out of their passion for loving their neighbors. For more information on our GNT opportunity, please visit this LINK
Community Connection Teams
Integrated communities are formed through connections and relationships. Community Connection Teams (CCTs) facilitate relationships between members of the existing community and newcomers. A Community Connection Team is a small group of people, often times from a church, committed to loving their neighbors. A CCT is partnered with a refugee or immigrant individual or family for a minimum of 6 months and works to provide social interaction and a network of friends. A CCT’s role is to provide a place of welcome and belonging for newcomers through monthly relationship-building activities, such as gatherings at team members homes or social outings. These monthly gatherings offer an opportunity for newcomers to feel welcomed, to socialize, to experience new things, and share culture. Additionally, CCTs offer great potential for long-term, reciprocal relationships to develop. For more information on our Community Connection Team opportunities, please visit this LINK
Home Sponsorship Teams
Home Sponsorship Teams (HSTs) offer churches or small groups a way to welcome and support refugees, immigrants and survivors as they arrive in the Triad. HSTs engage their church and community to help gather material needs for a home, then prepare, and setup the homes for a family of newcomers. Teams commit to sponsoring between 1-4 home preparations within a year. The HST and World Relief will agree on a two-month window in which the home setup will happen. As that time gets closer the team starts to gather items and once there is a newcomer family with housing secured, World Relief and the Home Sponsorship Team will decide on a final set up date. This is a great hands on service project for a group that also provides opportunity to engage the wider church and community in gathering items to bless a family who is starting over. For more information on our Home Sponsorship Team opportunities, please visit this LINK
A Freedom Team is a group of like-minded individuals, most often from a local church, that partners with each other, their community, and World Relief to bring greater advocacy, prevention, resources, and survivor support as part of the anti-human trafficking movement. Through the Freedom Team program, World Relief provide the structure, resource and support to Freedom Teams as they gather, grow, and go. Together we can be part of ending modern day slavery. For more information on the Freedom Team opportunity, please visit this LINK
One-Time Service Projects
We occasionally have opportunities for churches, businesses, schools and other groups to volunteer with a project, donation drive or other event. For one-time opportunities, please contact TriadVC@wr.org
WHO CAN VOLUNTEER?
Individuals or groups (such as companies, faith groups, school groups, etc).
Anyone ages 16+ can volunteer directly. Anyone under the age of 16 will need a guardian present.
WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?
World Relief opportunities vary in time and commitment. We work with a volunteer's availability, passion and skills, to find the best opportunity. Some volunteers participate in one-time activities while others commit to a six-month program.
If you are interested in an official internship, please see our career page for internship opportunities.