Get Involved During COVID-19
Collect & Deliver Supplies For Refugees
In the Greater Chicago Area
Grocery Care Packs
You can collect and/or deliver essential supplies for refugee families in need, such as food staples and toiletry items. This is a great opportunity for individuals, small groups, or church congregations. Learn what Grocery Care Pack items are needed. Contact Jeanna Choi at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Baby Care Packs
Help collect and/or deliver much needed supplies such as diapers and baby wipes to refugee families with infants and toddlers. Contact Jeanna Choi at email@example.com for more information.
Education Care Packs
Online learning can be especially difficult without tactile materials. You can help refugee children with the needed resources by collecting and/or delivering flash cards, books, school supplies, etc. This is a great project for individuals, small groups, or church congregations. Contact Sue Horgan at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Connect Virtually With Refugees in Chicago
Pen Pals for Kids
Connect your children with children from refugee families as Pen Pals! Kids from participating families are paired with refugee kids of a similar age and provided resources and tips on writing letters to each other. Sign up for New Neighbor Pen Pals for Kids.
Virtual New Neighbors
You can conduct “virtual visits” with refugees, using video chats, phone calls, texts and other platforms. This is a great opportunity to show care for refugee neighbors and to build friendship. Contact Jeanna Choi at email@example.com to learn how to get connected.
Learn About Refugees
Join with others for Book Club to read and discuss Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis. The Book Club meets on Zoom every Thursday for six weeks from May 7 – June 11.
Virtual Cross-Cultural & Refugee Issues Training
This training prepares you to engage with refugees. It offers in-depth learning and activities to broaden a volunteer’s understanding of who refugees are and how they get to the United States, as well as how to navigate cross-cultural communication and friendship. Register for a training today, or contact Jody May at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Recommended Reading Lists
Learn more about refugees and the issues surrounding resettlement, or simply take a walk in a refugee’s shoes by checking out some of the recommended books below.