Get Involved During COVID-19
Collect & Deliver Essential Supplies
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 email@example.com for more information.
Baby Care Packs
Help collect and/or deliver much needed supplies such as pajamas, bottles, diapers and baby wipes to refugee families with infants and toddlers. See complete list here. Contact Jeanna Choi at firstname.lastname@example.org 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. See complete list here. Contact Sue Horgan at email@example.com for more information.
Connect Virtually With Refugees
Pen Pals for Kids
Connect your children with children from refugee families as Pen Pals! Kids from participating families are paired with refugee kids in the greater Chicago area of a similar age and provided resources and tips on writing letters to each other. Sign up for Pen Pals for Kids.
Virtual New Neighbors
You can conduct “virtual visits” with refugees living in the greater Chicago area once a week for three months 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how to get connected.
Virtual New Neighbor for Youth
Learn About Refugees
Join with others for Book Club to read and discuss A Hope More Powerful than the Sea: One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival by Melissa Fleming. Book Club meets on Zoom every Thursday for six weeks from July 9-August 13. Participation is free, but registration is required.
Book Club for Youth
Your middle and high school-aged kids are invited to join Book Club for Youth to read and discuss Of Beetles and Angels: A Boy’s Remarkable Journey From a Refugee Camp to Harvard by Mawi Asgedom. Book Club for Youth meets on Zoom every Tuesday for six weeks from July 14-August 18. Participation is free, but registration by a parent is required.
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 email@example.com for more information.
Recommended Reading Lists
Learn more about refugees and the issues surrounding resettlement by checking out our recommended reading page, or download the reading list flyers below.