Often people come back from serving overseas on a Bethel mission trip with a passion to continue serving. Is there a way to locally wear a global hat, while waiting patiently at home for the next opportunity to serve overseas? The answer is YES!
There are many ways in the Tri-Cities to impact global people groups in your own backyard. Here is a list of ministries that work with families from around the globe (NOTE: Many nonprofits have been greatly affected by COVID-19, making it more difficult right now to serve. But it won't be that way forever, so use this time to explore these different ministries and then pray about how you might be able to help in the future!).
2600 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Suite 206, Richland
For over 20 years, World Relief Tri-Cities, with the help of many churches, volunteers, and organizations, have been serving new refugees with basic needs upon arrival in the USA. WR helps refugees and other immigrants with employment and related services so that they can move toward self-sufficiency as quickly as possible. They guide refugees through the long process of reuniting with family members left behind and help refugees and other immigrants apply for US Citizenship.
Volunteer opportunities: Mentors get connected with a new refugee family as soon as possible after arrival. The mentor commits to spend at least 2 hours a week with the family for 12 weeks. Mentors help with common tasks (shopping, English practice, appointments, etc, while sharing life together, learning about each other's culture, food, history, etc.
FAMILY LEARNING CENTER
505 S. Olympia St. Apt. B5, Kennewick
The Family Learning Center helps refugees thrive in their new homeland through adult ESL and school work support.
Volunteer Opportunities: Helping limited English speaking students with their homework after school in a multi-cultural environment.
Website: None (feel free to find them on facebook, or email: email@example.com
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT CENTER
21 S. Cascade St., Kennewick
The Skills Development Center is a multiethnic organization whose mission is to reach, teach, and empower under-privileged, under-represented, and under-skilled people groups, providing them with resources they need to succeed. The SDC values tolerance for the diverse ethnic, religious, and multi-cultural values of its participants.
Volunteer Opportunities: Adult literacy/writing assistance, after-school program help, tutoring, character and tolerance building programs, ESL, GED preparation
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
313 Wellsian Way, Richland
Habitat is founded on the conviction that every person should have a simple, decent, affordable home in which to live in dignity and safety. Our Tri-Cities Habitat for Humanity has assisted with many refugee and immigrant families over the years.
Volunteer Opportunities: Help building and repairing homes, help running the Habitat store, office support, etc.
FORGE YOUTH MENTORING
The mission of Forge Youth Mentoring is "connecting generations to restore hope in our communities and help young people find their God-given potential." Many of the youth served by Forge are from multi-cultural families.
Volunteer Opportunities: Mentors who meet once a week with their mentee for an minimum of one hour, participating in a variety of fun and meaningful activities, match support coaches, office assistants, church champions