Welcome Network Involvement Opportunities
The Welcome Network has a large and growing list of ways that individuals and churches can choose to get involved! Where do you fit? Each of these opportunities are ways to provide gospel-directed love and empowerment to area immigrants and internationals.
To learn more about any of these opportunities, or be connected, please contact us.
Good Neighbor Teams & Refugee Resettlement
LAKE & PORTER COUNTIES
The Welcome Network is a remote resettlement site, in partnership with USCCB, for the United States refugee resettlement program. We actively resettle victims of war and violence into Northwest Indiana. This program includes everything from picking up individuals and families at the airport, to helping them settle into their apartments, assisting with meals, language tutoring, securing employment, enrollment in school, and many other facets of life.
We are looking for individuals, churches, and organizations that want to participate in this amazing opportunity.
Tutoring & ESL
Mercy Hill Church in Munster hosts a Wednesday evening ESL class for individuals wanting to improve their English.
ESL classes will be beginning at Grindhouse Cafe on Sunday evenings in the near future. Volunteer ESL facilitators are needed. Training will be given.
STUDENT "EXPERIENCE" FAMILIES & INDIVIDUALS
Are you an active person or family? Do you occasionally have an extra seat in the minivan or SUV? Consider attending one of the Welcome Network international student events and getting to know a student from Ecuador, China, Saudi Arabia, India, or elsewhere. They want to experience normal life in America, not just the confines of their campuses in Hammond or Valparaiso. They want to see your son’s soccer game, or take the South Shore into the city for a day. Invite them to a backyard BBQ, or to your church potluck. It’s not rocket science, it’s just hanging out.
Website & Social Media
TWITTER / FACEBOOK COORDINATOR
Do you like to find the “crème de la crème” of current event stories and do you have a certain online media savvy? Are you intrigued by stories of immigrants and refugees? If so, you can help with our online twitter and facebook social media presence. The Welcome Network wants to raise awareness of the needs of immigrants in Northwest Indiana and South Chicago, and to make potential participants/clients aware of our services.
Do you enjoy reading and writing? The Welcome Network needs content creators for the website and our social media venues. Blog submissions, news releases, etc.
LEGAL CLINIC VOLUNTEERS
Our immigrant legal clinic is Hammond based and currently serving Northwest Indiana. The Welcome Network is looking for a part-time administrative assistant to schedule client interviews, mail completed case applications, and keep things organized.
The Welcome Network also has general administrative needs including: assisting the Executive Director with upcoming seminars, organizing fund development mailings and database management, replying to emails, and helping keep things running smoothly.
Do you like to meet people? Do you enjoy getting the word out? The Welcome Network needs help with meeting local immigrant-rich communities (churches, neighborhoods, other nonprofits) and getting them information about our immigrant legal services clinic.
4 times a year, the Welcome Network will provide citizenship and work authorization workshops for immigrants. Imagine being able to help 20-30 eligible people take steps toward citizenship or work authorization in one morning or afternoon. We need workshop volunteers who are ready to be trained to help with this experience. Volunteers are needed to take passport photos, help fill out the proper forms, make copies, etc. Attorneys are also needed on-site for these special events.