Stand Locally: Volunteer in World Relief’s Immigration Clinic

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.  Hebrews 13:2

Refugees and immigrants from all over the world are in Baltimore.  The World Relief Immigration Legal Clinic in Baltimore provides a wide range of immigration services for these people living in Baltimore- so far away from their homeland. Services include helping apply for green cards, supporting efforts of refugees and permanent residents to bring their immediate families to the US and apply for citizenship.  The work is geared toward low-income individuals and the clinic would welcome volunteers in their work.  There are volunteer opportunities that have flexible time commitments and regular time commitments:

Flexible time commitments – This commitment is as needed depending on your availability.  Volunteer opportunities include:

–           tutoring clients for their naturalization test

–           assisting clients with English skills

–          helping clients gather proof of identity

–          spiritual support

–          Bible study

–          assist with child or elder care so clients can attend appointments

–          after school tutoring

Regular time commitments – This commitment needs to be regularly scheduled for a 3 month minimum.  Opportunities include:

–          Reception assistant – minimum 4 hours/week – includes answering phones, making appointments, greeting clients, providing clients with information on community resources.

–          Interpreters and Translators – no minimum time commitment – services will be scheduled as needed.  Volunteer opportunities include interpreting in the clinic or on the telephone, either by appointment or on an on-call basis, depending on volunteer’s availability, translating documents from home or in the clinic.  Many languages are needed!

Please consider offering your time to this vulnerable population.  For questions or more information, please contact Patricia Chiriboga-Roby (Patty) at 443-451-1900 or proby@wr.org

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,   Matthew 25:35

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