& Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas
Volunteer Opportunities
Catholic Charities’ Refugee Resettlement program uses volunteers in many capacities to support refugees as they make Kansas City their new home.  If you are interested in helping, look through this list of volunteer needs and contact Judi Barkema at jabarkema@gmail.com to get connected with the programs that interest you the most.

Refugee English Outreach Tutor
The Community English program brings affordable English instruction into the home of resettled refugees who may have barriers to traditional classroom English. Volunteers in the program meet with people from all over the world right here in Wyandotte County! Review English lessons and practice conversational English in the home with the aim of increasing employability and self-sufficiency of the student. Tutors will meet once a week for a minimum of three months. Curriculum and lessons provided.

Refugee ELL Teacher
The purpose of the Learning Center is to enable refugees to easily access English Language instruction and other classes to assist them in transitioning to life in the United States. There are three English language levels offered Monday through Thursdays. Classes are in the morning from 9:00-11:30 or the afternoon from 1:00-3:30. Volunteers will take at least one shift per week. Currently are seeking volunteers for Monday afternoon, Tuesday morning, and Thursday afternoon.
Complete the regular duties of the Refugee ELL Teacher on an on-call basis. Subs may expect to work a few times a month depending on other volunteer teacher availability.

Refugee Employment Mentor
Meet at a designated location with the aim of increasing employability and self-sufficiency, through the sharing of knowledge and experience in a common field of work. Set goals with your mentee, aid them in resume writing, LinkedIn/Career Builder setup, and supporting their job search. Currently seeking volunteers in IT/computer science, music, art, teaching, and interior design. Meet one to two hours weekly or biweekly for three months or until mentee is employed.

Refugee Social Services Walk-In Screener
Work with refugee clients on Tuesday mornings to determine the reason for their visit. Utilize a live document to update information on the client for case managers viewing and arrange for interpretation as necessary. Volunteers who have experience in administration, working with low-level English speakers, and/or are familiar with Google Sheets are preferred, but not required as training will be provided.

Refugee Move-In Team Member
Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas Resettlement Office assists newly-arrived refugees with housing and meeting other basic needs. Volunteers help furnish and set-up homes with donations from the Hope Distribution Center. Move-In times may vary throughout the week depending on when case managers secure housing. Additional opportunities available for warehouse up-keep and move-in driving.

Refugee Driver
The Reception and Placement program provides services for the first 90 days that a refugee is in the United States. This begins with airport arrival and includes securing housing, applying for social security cards, health screenings and immunizations, school enrollment for children, and other appointments. Volunteer will assist R&P case managers with transportation for newly-arrived families. Valid driver’s license and insurance required.
Appointment Drivers:
Pick up and take clients to routine appointments such as immunizations, social security, and DCF meetings. Volunteers should be prepared to wait the amount of time it takes for clients to finish appointments and drop them off at their next destination or to their home.
Shopping Buddies:
Take clients for initial grocery store visits and/or TurnStyles thrift store to select clothing. Volunteers should be prepared to answer questions and shopping in America and help clients with TurnStyles vouchers.
Saint Andrew Christian Church
13890 W. 127th Street, Olathe KS  66062