Get Involved During COVID-19

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Collect & Deliver Essential Supplies

In the Greater Chicago Area

Welcome to America! Packs

Turn an empty apartment into a home by collecting and delivering basic household items for the kitchen, bath and bedroom, as well as a first month’s supply of food staples. You’ll meet a refugee individual or family on the day they arrive in the U.S. and personally welcome them with the essentials. See the list or sign up now.

Grocery Care Packs

Help meet the needs of refugee families who have lost their jobs or are unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as many families are experiencing food insecurity. You can participate in a Grocery Care Pack event by sorting, packing, and/or delivering food and essential items to the doorsteps of refugee families. This is a great opportunity for individuals and small groups. View event dates and sign up now

Baby Care Packs

Refugee families don’t have their normal community of family and friends around them to help welcome a new baby. You can bless refugees by collecting and/or delivering much needed items such as clothing, blankets, bottles, diapers and baby wipes to families that are expecting a new arrival. See the list or sign up now

Education Care Packs

Staying on track with academics at home can be especially difficult without the right materials, for students and parents alike. You can help refugee children and their families with resources by providing learning games, flash cards and other needed supplies to set them up for success at school and beyond. See the list or sign up now

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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

New Neighbors 

You can conduct “virtual visits” or socially-distanced outdoor 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. Sign up for information

New Neighbor for Youth
This is an opportunity for an adult volunteer to visit virtually with an elementary or middle school student once a week for three months in coordination with Exodus and the child’s parents. Volunteers offer students help with reading, writing and conversation skills. Refugee kids grow in confidence through this consistent mentoring and guidance. Sign up for information.

 

Learn about additional New Neighbor programs here

Book Club Circle

Learn About Refugees

Book Club

Join with others for Book Club to read and discuss The Middle of Everywhere: Helping Refugees Enter the American Community by Mary Pipher. Book Club meets on Zoom every Thursday at 7:00 pm CST from September 17 – October 29. Participation is free, but registration is required. 

Bible Study

Refugees are our neighbors. As we grapple with what it means to live out our faith by loving our neighbor, we need guidance. We need Scripture to inform our discussion, thought-provoking questions to frame our conversation and stories that touch our hearts and minds. Who Is My Neighbor? What the Bible Says About Refugees is a four-week Bible Study that comes alive when you’re able to seek answers and discuss with other people. The Bible Study is free for download for you, your small group or congregation.

A Bible Study discussion groups is also offered on Zoom 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm CST every Tuesday from October 6 – October 27. Participation is free, but registration 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 jody.may@exodusworldservice.org 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. 

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