Support for the Journey

Hundreds of refugees are resettled each year in the Triad of North Carolina after fleeing persecution in their own home countries. Refugees often arrive with little to no English, limited familiarity with U.S. culture, and no financial resources. Their resettlement journey is long and full of challenges.

You can make that journey easier.
Volunteer to support newcomers as they rebuild their lives, and help us continue the over 40-year tradition of welcoming refugees to North Carolina


Friendship After Kabul

A little over a year ago in August 2021, I deployed to Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne as part of Operation Allies Refuge. Our goal was to evacuate American citizens as well as Afghan allies fleeing the Taliban and seeking safety in the U.S. My experiences during the evacuation stuck with me. Even after returning to North Carolina, the memories continued to occupy my mind. I wanted to find a way to help here at home.

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Individual Volunteer Opportunities


Practice English With Refugees

Minimum 6 month commitment of around 3 hours/week.

Provide refugees with the English Language skills they need to be successful. 1 on 1 English support is greatly needed to help refugees feel more comfortable in their new environment and increases their ability to find employment. Working 1 on 1 with a refugee can help give them the confidence to practice speaking English and help you meet one of your new neighbors!

Requirements: Volunteer Orientation and background check

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Transportation Volunteer

Roughly one appointment/week for a minimum of 3 months

Help us get our clients where they need to go! New arrivals have many appointments in their first months in the U.S. Assist our staff by offering transportation to and from appointments for refugee individuals and families.

Requirements: Volunteer Orientation, background check, and motor vehicle record check

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Grocery Delivery Volunteer

roughly once a week for a minimum of 3 months

Assist with providing new arrivals donations of groceries from some local partnering agencies. Volunteers will pick up donated food and deliver to client's homes on a weekly basis.

Requirements: Volunteer Orientation- no background check required

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Cultural Orientation Support

Individuals can support the mission of welcoming refugees in so many ways: practicing English with newcomers, teaching computer literacy, helping to fill out job applications, working with our immigration legal office, or supporting our ESL classes!

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Group Volunteer Opportunities


Welcome Teams

Welcome Teams set up and furnish apartments so that newly-arrived refugees have a prepared home for them when they arrive in Greensboro. Check out the Home Supply List to see what items are included in a home setup!

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Community Sponsorship

Welcome newly arrived refugees to Durham through community sponsorship. As a community sponsor, your group of 7-10 becomes a partner with CWS Greensboro to greet a refugee family at the airport, assist them in securing and furnishing initial housing, connect them with local services, and show them all of the things that make our community so special!

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Volunteer Requirements

If you would like to volunteer directly with clients, we ask that volunteers are:

  • Able to commit to at least 6 months of direct service
  • Able to commit to approximately 1-3 hours a week of direct service
  • 18 years old or older
  • attend a volunteer orientation/training
  • complete a background check

Some volunteer opportunities may vary from these requirements.

If you have questions about the available opportunities or these basic requirements, Laura, our Community Engagement Manager is ready to help.

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