Volunteer opportunity description

Interested in supporting refugee youth in Chicago? Work alongside Heartland staff to assist our newly arrived refugee youth with their homework on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4pm-6pm at a space in West Ridge. Our afterschool program aims to provide our youngest participants a safe and welcoming place to work on challenging homework assignments, while also engaging in fun activities with volunteers and other participants! No experience or expertise in subject matter is required. Our participants are English language learners, so we are looking for patient and passionate individuals who want to make a difference in refugee youth lives through spending time with them working on basic homework assignments and other developmental activities designed for language acquisition.

We are asking volunteers to commit to at least one location on a weekly basis. Consistency is very important to our youth in forming relationships and a safe space.

If you'd like more info about After School Program or would like to learn about other ways to volunteer with our refugee resettlement agency, please contact Alyssa at alwilson@heartlandalliance.org.


  • Attend orientation - various dates

  • Complete online criminal history background check. The cost is $18.95 and must be covered by the volunteer.

  • Commit to volunteering at least once per week (outside of vacation/illness) for at least four months (or one semester).

Our volunteer needs

We need volunteers who are free at these times


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About the organization

Refugee & Immigrant Community Services

Alyssa Wilson
Volunteer Coordinator
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