World Relief Spokane
1522 N. Washington, Ste. 204
Spokane, WA 99201
(509) 484-9829
kcoakley@wr.org

Kaitlyn Coakley,
Volunteer & Refugee Simulation Coordinator
email:  kcoakley@wr.org
(509) 321-1863

Johnna Nickoloff

Development Director
email:  jnickoloff@wr.org
(509) 232-2818

Hours:     9 am - 4 pm
Closed:    Thurs. and Sun.
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Purpose:
Our Mission:   Empowering the local Church to serve the most vulnerable.

"World Relief Spokane currently provides refugee resettlement assistance, employment services, micro-enterprise loans, immigration services and works to raise awareness and serve victims of human trafficking.

Our work depends heavily on volunteer and church support, both financially and in many practical ways. Our volunteer orientation and refugee simulation program provides invaluable information, training and opportunities for anyone who is looking to work with refugees, victims of human trafficking, or volunteer for a Christian non-profit organization."

Vision
In community with the local Church, World Relief envisions the most vulnerable people transformed economically, socially, and spiritually.
       
World Relief Spokane currently provides
  • Refugee resettlement assistance,
  • Employment services,
  • Micro-enterprise loans,
  • Immigration services and
  • Works to raise awareness and serve victims of human trafficking.
Programs and services depend on client eligibility.

Volunteer Opportunities:
As refugees arrive in Spokane, they rarely bring more than the clothes they are wearing and a few bags. Resettling permanently in a new country with a new language, new culture, new people, etc. can be very intimidating and challenging. World Relief Spokane provides a variety of services, one of which is to connect refugees with resources and volunteers who will mentor, teach, support, and encourage refugees.

Below are a few ways to become involved as a volunteer in our organization:
  • Mentor a refugee: provide support and friendship to a refugee family or individual. Assist in teaching and practicing English with them, show them around Spokane, assist with and educate about daily tasks, teach about our culture in the U.S. and Spokane. 3-6 month minimum commitment, 2-4 hours per week. Most common volunteer opportunity

  • Teach Citizenship classes: assist in teaching weekly citizenship classes to refugees who have been here several years and are preparing to apply for U.S. citizenship.

  • Moving volunteers: be on our call list for volunteers who will help refugees pack, clean, and move furniture to a new home

  • Host family: house a newly arrived refugee individual or family in your home for a temporary amount of time 

  • Donate Basic Needs:

    Furniture:  sofas, dining tables, end tables, dressers, beds/frames, easy chairs, cars, bicycles, helmets
    Household items:  dishes, eating and cooking utensils, mixing bowls, lamps, alarm clocks, light bulbs
    Linens:  bath/hand/kitchen towels, twin/full/queen bed sheets and blankets, new pillows
    Personal hygiene items:  soap, shampoo, toothpaste/toothbrushes, deodorant, toilet paper, feminine hygiene, diapers/wipes
    Cleaning supplies:  laundry soap, dish soap, mops, broom/dust pan, sponges, surface cleaners, waste baskets
    Clothing:  coats, warm clothes, hats/scarves/gloves, business clothes, shoes, jeans, shirts, new sox
    Miscellaneous:  cars, bicycles, helmets, appliances, electronics, school supplies, baby items

    Please contact Brian Olson at World Relief Spokane to arrange for a drop-off, or to have your large items picked up.  (509) 321-0328, or email: bolson@wr.org. 

  • Build one of the following 3 kits.  Pack the items into a sturdy box.  Large plastic bins, laundry baskets, or wastebaskets work well, as they will be reused by refugee families.  Contact Brian Olson to arrange for either delivery to WR, or a truck pick-up for large items, at (509) 321-0328, or email: bolson@wr.org.  Along with your kit, a donation of $25 helps cover transportation and storage costs. 

    Welcome Kit
    Laundry Basket, alarm clock/radio, 4 lights bulbs.  The following items must be NEW, please:  4 bed pillows, Bottle of dish detergent, All-purpose cleaner, Laundry detergent, 4 deodorants, Disposable razors, and Shaving cream. 

    Employment Kit
    Calendar,  Jump drive, Adult bike helmet, Bike lock, Black socks (new please), Stamps, Envelopes, Padlock with key, Backpack, Lunchbox (with ice pack and small Tupperware).

    Build Your Own
    Pick 4 or 5 of the following items: 
    Forks/knives/spoons, Manual can opener, Pots/pans/baking sheets, Mixing bowl, Kitchen knife, Notebook, Pens, Backpack, and the following which must be NEW:  Box of tall trash bags, Diapers and wipes.

  • Warehouse volunteer: sort and organize donated items in our warehouse

  • Driving volunteer: volunteer your time to driving lessons for refugees who have valid U.S. driving permits

  • Office volunteer: provide administrative support to staff members and client support to refugees in the office
For more information about how to get involved, visit our volunteer website:
http://worldreliefspokane.org/volunteer

Last Updated By: Kaitlyn Coakley, 4/18/16