Volunteer Orientation

Volunteers are vital to CWS’s work welcoming refugees as they arrive in America and settle into their new homes.  There are numerous ways to get involved–from one time projects like furnishing an apartment to longer term commitments like teaching an ESL class.  We hope that you will search through this page and find an opportunity that fits your skills and gifts as well as your own time availability. Contact our Director, Ellen Andrews at eandrews@cwsglobal.org  if you have any questions about volunteering with CWS!


Getting Started:

In order to volunteer with CWS, you’ll need to first fill out our online Volunteer Application, attend an orientation session, and submit a background check clearance to the CWS office. The time for the next orientation session is listed below in red text, as are instructions for the background check. The CWS volunteer orientation session lasts for approximately one hour and will take place at our office, 112 S. Duke Street. We’re in the same building with Parker and Otis coffee shop!

The next volunteer orientation will be Monday, April 13th from 5:30-6:30 PM  at 112 S. Duke St. Suite 4B, Durham, NC 27701.

All prospective volunteers will need to get clearance from the police department/sheriff’s department where the volunteer lives before they can begin volunteering. The results must be mailed directly to CWS Durham or hand-submitted to CWS Durham in a sealed envelope with a clerk’s signature over the seal. Please contact Ellen Andrews at eandrews@cwsglobal.org with questions regarding the background check policy and procedure.


Nick and Adam enjoy a laugh at a CWS event.

Nick and Adam enjoy a laugh at a CWS event.

7 responses to “Volunteer Orientation

  1. Pingback: Volunteer Orientation | Church World Service RDU·

  2. I was wondering if the volunteer orientation is still scheduled for today or not due to this afternoons weather warnings and early school closings.

  3. Hi I filled out an application for volunteering – however, I’m not able to attend the orientation on Monday evenings. Is it possible to meet with you during the day?

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