Get Involved During COVID-19

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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 jeanna.choi@exodusworldservice.org 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 hereContact Jeanna Choi at jeanna.choi@exodusworldservice.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 sue.horgan@exodusworldservice.org for more information. 

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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

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 jeanna.choi@exodusworldservice.org to learn how to get connected. 

Virtual 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. Apply now.
Book Club Circle

Learn About Refugees

Book Club

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 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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