Resource Documents

We host monthly volunteer check-in meetings at our downtown office. These check-ins are meant to be a live resource; an opportunity to speak with our staff to make our office a more supportive place for your questions. You can bring any specific questions, desires, ideas, or difficulties you’re having to these monthly check-ins surrounding working with new arrivals. As your form relationships via direct service provision with newly arrived refugees, you’ll likely have questions! This face-to-face meeting time with our staff and fellow volunteers is designed to be an opportunity to field those questions in a safe and helpful place. Click here to sign up for the next upcoming Volunteer Check-In.

If you’re providing direct service and are looking for some hands-on information about everything from paperwork to ESL guides, the following documents give step-by-step instructions on how to help refugees with some of their first steps here in the United States in a variety of ways. Feel free to print these out as needed!

Volunteer Support:

Would you like to share what you learned at orientation with friends and family? Feel free to share these documents as a simple way of raising awareness about CWS and our work to welcome refugees to the Triangle.

  1. The Refugee’s Journey to the United States
  2. 4 Key Philosophies of Church World Service
  3. Case Note Instructions
  4. Tips for Communicating with English Language Learners
  5. Empowerment in Action 

Paperwork Resources

  1. Housing and Safety Orientation
  2. Applying for a North Carolina ID Card
  3. North Carolina ID Form
  4. Activating EBT Card

Grocery Lists

These lists will help you to know what to buy to stock the pantries as a co-sponsor, or simply to provide a basic understanding of food staples from different countries around the world as an interested volunteer.

  1. Sub-SaharanAfricaGroceryList
  2. BhutanGroceryList
  3. MiddleEastGroceryList
  4. EastAsiaGroceryList

ESL Volunteer Lessons:

Are you an English Conversation partner looking for something new to work on with a client? Here are a few suggestions from our ESL department.

  1. Alphabet_Phonics.ESLlesson – a very basic beginner’s lesson covering identifying, sounding out, and writing the English alphabet
  2. ESL.lesson1.1  – an introduction to greetings and jobs
  3. ESL.lessons1.2 – learn time and scheduling
  4. ESL.lesson2.1 – help students navigate language pertaining to doctor’s appointments and the body
  5. ESL.lesson2.2 – language lesson pertaining to families
  6. ESL.lesson3.1 – language lesson pertaining to paying bills
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