VOLUNTEER to Help Refugee and Asylum-Seeking Families living in and around Little Arabia and Orange County. Until further notice, all programs are delivered online, with the exception of food and furniture ministries.
We are also looking for Christian partners who live in LA county (Simi Valley, Tarzana, Glendale, Torrance) open to reaching out to new refugee and SIV families who would benefit from a welcoming community. Please email email@example.com if interested.
Spring 2022 Semester: 3/28/2022 to 5/27/2022
Summer 2022 Semester: 6/13/2022 to 8/12/2022
Help STABILIZE the lives of refugee families by providing diapers, furniture, household essentials, weekly supplemental food, transportation services, and case consultation to assist in the process of securing “survival” jobs.
As a volunteer, you can partner by:
What? Food Sorters help to portion bulk food and sort donated food into bags to be delivered to families. You are friendly and able to lift 50 lbs safely (or know their limits).
When? Thursdays 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
FOOD DRIVE THRU
What? VOR Food Drive Thru for families with demonstrated need to pick up essential groceries every week. Come help hand out food!
When? Thursdays | 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
What? The Furniture Team brings stability to families by meeting basic needs via picking up, delivering, and installing furniture and household items. You are friendly and are able to lift 50 lbs (or know your limit) and team-lift furniture.
When? Due to uncertainty of donations, we text the team to see who is available to pickup and delivery furniture. You serve when you can!
STOCKROOM & OFFICE ASSISTANCE
What? Office Volunteers assist in various projects including food and furniture organizing, program logistics, making calls, social media, taking video and photos, photo and video editing, and other tasks as needed.
When? As Needed at Office Hours (Mondays through Thursdays 9:00AM to 4:00PM)
Help families INTEGRATE into life in the U.S. by offering classes in English as a Second Language (ESL), workshops on American culture, history, and current news, consultation on the citizenship process, and mentoring to equip families with the knowledge and skills needed to work with local authorities and agencies in areas such as residence, medicine, education, and social services.
As a volunteer, you can partner as a:
What? Teach English (speaking, reading, listening, writing) to small classes grouped by level. You have taught English as a second language and/or demonstrated cross-cultural, multicultural, or intercultural experience.
When? Mondays, Tuesdays, & Wednesdays | 11:00AM to 1PM
ESL CLASS ASSISTANT
What? Help ESL teachers and substitute for them when necessary. You want to learn and gain experience from an experienced ESL teacher to help refugees gain English speaking and reading proficiency. Comfort using Zoom required.
When? Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays | 11:00AM to 1:00PM
ENGLISH CONVERSATION CAFE
What? Help refugees improve their English speaking through structured and informal conversational methods. You love people and starting conversations, but enjoy listening to people even more!
When? 2nd and 4th Fridays | In Person | 6:30PM to 8:30PM
FAMILY CARE ASSISTANT
What? For a season, journey with one or more refugee families under the direction of a VOR care worker. As needed, you may help with deliveries, giving rides for appointments, or coaching families in everyday life skills (e.g., grocery shopping, bus system, applying for community college classes). You are a mature, patient Christian with the ability to follow direction, honor boundaries, work closely with a team, understand your limitations, and be able to connect mentees with external resources or professional help when appropriate.
When? By appointment
U.S. LIFE & CULTURE CLASS - TOPIC PRESENTER
Share tips and guidelines for navigating everyday life in the U.S. Topics include: housing, schooling, transportation, health and wellness, banking, media and communication, and more.
When? Mondays | 1:00PM to 2:00PM (Zoom)
Help families THRIVE by providing job coaching towards a stable career, creating space for kids and youth to build character skills, expanding social networks through events with diverse participants and backgrounds, empowering individuals through mentoring, and providing service opportunities that empower families to give back to the community.
As a volunteer, you can partner in:
DISCOVER TRUTH GROUPS
What? Discover Truth Groups help individuals discover spiritural truths and equip them to apply spiritual precepts to their lives. Are you fluent in Arabic or Farsi or Pashto and have a passion for encouraging others in their spiritual journeys of discovering truth and experiencing God? If yes, apply to facilitate a Discover Truth Group.
When? By Appointment
Kids Fun Fridays
What? A fun evening to engage children in games, crafts, movies, meaningful discussions, and snack time. Background check required.
When? 2nd and 4th Fridays | 6:30PM to 8:30PM
1-ON-1 JOB COACHING
What? Help refugees become more competitive in the US labor market. You possess professional expertise and are passionate in helping others grow in their interviewing, networking, and communication (written and verbal) skills.
When? By Appointment
1-ON-1 ACADEMIC TUTORING (K-12)
What? Help students strengthen in a specific acedamic area. You enjoy working with children or teens and are knowledgeable in the subject matter (most frequent requests are in Math and Reading) your student needs help.
When? Mondays or Thursdays | 5:30PM to 6:30PM (Hosted Zoom sessions)