Local Refugee/Immigrant Volunteer Opportunities
The Newcomers School Soccer Program
The Doris Henderson Newcomer’s School on Friendway Ave. (Guilford County Schools) serves recently arrived immigrant and refugee children in grades 3-12 who are novice English speakers. Students are taught English and American culture before they transition to their district school. Visit The Newcomers School for more information about the school.
Michael Amend, active in the Westminster community of faith, founded a soccer program for Newcomers School middle and high school students. 14 drivers are needed each Saturday in April and May (except Easter weekend) at 3:00 p.m. to take youth players home after games at the Spears YMCA. Only about 25% of Newcomers school families have transportation and approximately 50 to 60 players are participating this spring. Newcomers Soccer Program is for children of families that are newly settled in Greensboro and attend the GCS Newcomers School. Newcomers School offers grades 3 through 12 for children who have lived in Guilford County less than a year and have English as a second, third or fourth language. For information and/or to volunteer, please contact Judy Jay at email@example.com or 336-621-8239 or Michael Amend 336-210-1997.
Newcomers School is also in great need of gently used tennis shoes for students in grades 3 -12. Please place your donations in the collection boxes at either campus and please limit your donations to athletic type shoes only.
Church World Service of Greensboro
CWS of Greensboro provides comprehensive case management and employment services aimed at empowering newly arrived refugees to build a foundation for long term self-sufficiency and success in the United States. Volunteer opportunities include teaching Citizenship classes, apartment set-up, transportation to/from medical and social service appointments, civics/ESOL classroom assistance, computer class instruction, and employment mentoring. Visit Church World Service of Greensboro for details and volunteer training dates.
The Center for New North Carolinians
In 2001, the Board of Governors of the UNC established the UNCG Center for New North Carolinians to provide research, training, and evaluation in addressing immigrant issues. Today, the Center is housed in the UNCG School of Human Environmental Sciences. Volunteer opportunities include after-school tutoring M-F from 3-5:50 p.m. at Glen Haven Apartments near the intersection of N. Elm and Pisgah Church. Childcare volunteers can engage with Latino pre-school age children on Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant while the mothers attend educational programs. Visit Center for New North Carolinians for more information about CNNC.
FaithAction International House
FaithAction International House serves Greensboro’s newest immigrant neighbors while educating and connecting our diverse community across lines of culture and faith – turning strangers into neighbors! Its goal is to help Greensboro become a model multicultural, interfaith and immigrant-friendly city, and to share the experience with other communities. Volunteer opportunities include job readiness assistance, transportation to/from medical and social service appointments, ESOL and computer class assistance, interfaith and multicultural event coordination, and office copying and filing. Visit FaithAction International House for volunteer training dates.