The Good Neighbor Team

World Relief Upstate partners with the local church and community to welcome and serve refugees helping them to move from stability to integration. Over the past three years, we have seen hundreds of refugees from three different continents find safety and stability here in the Upstate. We’ve witnessed families be reunited, children return to school, and authentic relationships formed. If you feel called to serve as a volunteer with World Relief and would like to learn more, please connect with us by sending an email to upstatesc@wr.org. We would love to hear from you! 

Current Volunteer Opportunities 

Road Runner and Social Services Advocate: Transportation is one of the greatest challenges for a newly arrived refugee. Without transportation, a refugee can not only feel isolated, he/she may not be able to make medical appointments, job interviews, or immigration appointments. Road Runners join an army of volunteers who are “on-call” to provide transportation when needed to critical appointments. But, Road Runners are more than just a taxi service – serving as a Road Runner provides another touch point to get to know our new neighbors, provides friendship and fellowship, and helps refugees overcome logistical challenges. 

Language Partner: As arriving refugees find employment or start school, finding time and availability to attend structured ESL classes can be difficult. Help refugees learn English, work on homework, or practice their language skills in their homes or another site after work or school. 

Friendship Partner: It is common for refugees to feel a sense of isolation and loneliness as they try to learn a new culture, new language, and new surroundings. Friendship partners provide much needed “relationship” as refugees begin their new lives in the United States. Friendship partners are matched with families or individual refugees and serve as the first point of reference during a refugee’s cultural adjustment process. They may assist with orientation to the community, provide free/low-cost activities around the city, provide transportation, and/or assist with conversational English. The goal is to build lasting and mutually enriching friendships. 

Office/Administrative: The World Relief office in the Upstate is located in Greenville, SC. There are several opportunities for volunteers who enjoy serving in an office setting. Tasks could include: answering phones, welcoming visitors, assembling information packets or training materials, assisting with clerical tasks, and other special projects as needed. 

Professional Services: Volunteers can use their professional skills and/or hobbies to make a difference and provide a much needed service to World Relief and those we help. Consider using your skills in social media, IT, graphic design, videography, or photography. 

Self-Sufficiency Programs: Volunteers can also use their basic life skills and experience to develop relationships with refugees. Consider providing programming about health & wellness, cooking, employment, or financial literacy. 

Interpreters & Translators: Communication is a key part of building a relationship. If you have fluency in a second language, we need you! Interpreters and translators are needed at various times throughout the day and throughout the week and weekends. 

Good Neighbor Team (GNT): Develop a long-term relationship with a refugee family by making a commitment as church body or small group to walk alongside a refugee family – either a newly arriving family, or a family who has been here but needs additional help and friendship.