Getting Started:

We work with individuals, student groups, retirees, faith communities, and everyone in between interested in serving their Triangle area community. To volunteer with CWS, you’ll need to first fill out our online Orientation Registration and attend an orientation session.

Orientation is your chance to learn how refugee resettlement works, a bit more about the nature and work of our organization, and how you can be involved. There is no commitment once you have attended orientation, as you will receive an application and further instructions for involvement upon completion of the orientation session.

*** Our volunteer orientation is held on the first Monday of every month. Our next orientation is on April 4th, from 5:30-7:30. It will be held at the Church World Service office located at 112 S. Duke St. Suite 4B, Durham, NC 27701. The session lasts for approximately two hours and will take place at our office in the Brightleaf Square area of Durham. ***

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Volunteers are vital to CWS’s work welcoming refugees as they arrive in America and settle into their new homes.  There are numerous ways to get involved, from one time projects like furnishing an apartment to long-term commitments like assistant teaching an ESL class.  We hope that you find an opportunity that fits your skills and gifts as well as your own time availability.

Please look through the rest of this page, our volunteer opportunities, the list of volunteer resources, and contact our Community Resource Coordinator Jourdi Bosley at jbosley@cwsglobal.org  if you have any questions about serving with CWS.


Nick and Adam enjoy a laugh at a CWS event.

Nick and Adam enjoy a laugh at a CWS event.