Our Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
For over 30 years, Exodus World Service has been empowering the Christian community to welcome and befriend refugees. We do this by educating churches and individuals about the plight of refugees, and connecting volunteers with refugees through practical service projects. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unwavering in our commitment to engage the Christian community to be involved in the lives of refugees.
Refugees During the Pandemic
Those most deeply affected by the pandemic are the most vulnerable, including refugees. Many refugees are experiencing job loss or drastically reduced hours and suffering from the stress and anxiety associated with this new trauma. They need practical help and connections with caring volunteers.
To help ensure the health and safety of all of our stakeholders, we are closely monitoring and following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health.
We have suspended home visits between refugees and volunteers, as well as group gatherings such as Refugee Journey Simulations, volunteer training events, and church partner meetings. We have also suspended our travel program to refugee settlements overseas. In addition, our staff members are currently working from home.
We have developed new opportunities for volunteers to serve refugees through virtual connections, and in ways that adhere to social distancing guidelines.
And, as always, we are mobilizing prayer partners to pray regularly for refugees in our communities and around the world.
There are numerous ways to serve and care for the refugee community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Learn how you can:
- Collect and/or deliver essential supplies for refugees,
- Connect virtually with refugees who are alone and isolated,
- Participate in education opportunities to learn more about refugees,
- And other opportunities!
Give to Help Refugees During COVID-19
Together, we’re meeting real needs and reminding refugees that they are welcomed and cared for. Your gift provides practical help to refugees, such as emergency grocery and toiletry supplies for refugees who have lost their jobs, and connections with caring volunteers who offer emotional support and encouragement.
The rapidly evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic means that new information is always being made available. Please stay connected to our website, e-newsletter or social media platforms at the bottom of this page for more information and the latest volunteer opportunities.