The Welcome to America Project offers volunteers the chance to help others in our community in a hands-on way. Ranging from age 5 to 95, our volunteers repeatedly tell us how their experience moves and inspires them in positive ways. Gain a new perspective on your life, get to know various cultures, and experience the true meaning of community when you sign up to volunteer with WTAP.
Do you or someone you know want to help teach refugees English? You need not speak another language. And all learning will take place on-line.
The Welcome to America Project (WTAP) and Arizona State University (ASU) are pleased to introduce our new Arizona-focused partnership under ASU’s Education for Humanity initiative.
Education for Humanity works globally, in collaboration with on-the-ground partners, to improve access to education for refugees through provision of a variety of on-line programs ranging from English language training to entrepreneurship to academic coursework. Together, WTAP and E4H will offer a blended learning model that combines digital learning tools with in-person (virtual) support through our many volunteers. The initial objective of our program is to support the current English-language learning efforts in the refugee and refugee resettlement community. Our approach is designed to be inclusive; refugees, resettlement agencies, ethnic community based organizations, faith-based entities, language-learning organizations, schools, etc. are all eligible to enroll participants as a supplement to existing programs or independent of such programs. We strongly believe that everything we can do to accelerate language skills will ultimately enhance refugee integration and success.
To learn more about the program and the role of volunteer facilitators, please email your name and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will contact you with upcoming dates for Zoom meetings to familiarize you with the Learn English Now program content and the responsibilities for volunteers.
Go with WTAP team members to interview our newly referred families to greet them and make a list of what they need for their homes. There are a number of teams, so the commitment can be as little as once every two months or as often as every month. Home visits take place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.
Help sort incoming donations and pack for family deliveries each week at our warehouse in Tempe. Though you probably won’t meet refugees at the warehouse, these steps are vital to our operation. Join us on Tuesday mornings to sort and Wednesday mornings to pack.
Deliver furniture and household items, as well as a warm welcome, to new refugee families on Saturday mornings.
Each month, WTAP volunteers serve refugee families by holding a pop-up Clothing Closet. Here, we distribute gently used clothing, shoes, accessories and children’s books in an atmosphere of kindness and friendship. Join us on Saturday mornings about once a month.
Bike enthusiasts, we have an opportunity to serve! Please join us once a month to ready donated bikes for refugees and talk about future plans to collect, repair and distribute bikes. Bikes mean greater freedom for the newly freed. Jobs, education and connection to community in easier reach.
Keep our storage units organized and ready for deliveries. Schedule varies.
Carry out administrative work, sometimes from your home! We have jobs in excel spread sheets, creating name tags, making flyers, writing letters, helping us to maintain our database, and making phone calls to our volunteers. This can be done (almost) any day you choose.