Volunteer Opportunities in Akron

Find your place in the story.

There are many ways to join World Relief Akron in welcoming the stranger and building transformational relationships.

Browse our volunteer opportunities below or contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Christian Benadum, to discuss your interests, gifts and availability. For more detailed descriptions of each role please click on the role heading. (cbenadum@wr.org)

In order to equip our volunteers and empower the refugees we serve, all of our volunteers are required to complete a few steps prior to becoming a volunteer:

  1. Submit a Volunteer Application
  2. Attend a Volunteer Orientation (see our Facebook Events page for schedule)
  3. Complete a Background ​Check
  4. Arrange any additional role-specific training directly with the Volunteer Coordinator

Don't hesitate to contact our Volunteer Coordinator with questions and please remember, you don’t have to be an expert to make an impact!

Good Neighbor Teams

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(Visit refugees 3-4 times a month for at least 6 months)

Good Neighbor Teams accompany refugees in their transition to life in the United States.  Good Neighbor Teams are matched with new refugee families to meet weekly for at least 6 months. Share meals, practice English, help out with practical advice about American life, and build friendships!

Road Runners

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(4 hours a week for at least 3 months)

Road Runners volunteer once a week (during business hours) to help casework staff by driving refugees to and from appointments. It is a tangible way to be the hands and feet of service. Drive to medical appointments or the grocery store; teach refugees how to apply for library cards or use ATM machines, or even pick them up from the airport when they arrive.

​Bus Training

​(2 hours at least once a month)

​Volunteer to train a refugee how to ride the METRO in Akron. You can volunteer to help with group training sessions, or to be a "bus buddy" for an individual refugee. You don't have to be an expert on public transit to help, World Relief will provide you with all the information you need to do this well!

Host Homes

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(Periodic, 4-12 days with each opportunity)

Host Homes offer shelter and hospitality to refugees for their first week or so in the United States. Introduce refugees to an American home: thermostats, washing machines, and casseroles – they’re all new to many refugees. It’s a great way to share the welcoming love of Christ and make a lasting impact.

Welcome Kits

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(One time opportunity, may take ~1 month to organize)

Refugee families are arriving every week and that means MANY apartments need to be set up. We collect donations of basic household goods and need help collecting and organizing these items for placement in refugees’ first apartments in America. Find out what items we accept.

Apartment Move-in

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(Periodic, as needed)

Lend the gift of your labor and assist us as we move furniture into new apartments. Individuals can donate their time and/or their vehicles to help World Relief turn a house into a home.

Career Coach

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(2 hours a week for at least 3 months)

Career Coaches have the opportunity to meet with an individual or a group for job training and interview preparation, enabling individuals to move toward self-sufficiency.


For more information contact:

Volunteer and Donations Coordinator- Christian Benadum (cbenadum@wr.org)

Or apply now by clicking the link below!