Volunteers needed: Be a part of our story!

13 women trained to sew with another 7 on the waiting list. 15+ children who have been part of our childcare program. Multiple projects completed, including tote bags, coffee cozies, infinity scarves. Piles of donated fabric received and upcycled into lovely products. Yes, all of these are elements of the Make Welcome story. As our story unfolds, growth seems to be the plot line of the latest chapter, both organizationally and in impact...and we need help!

We’ve got openings for volunteers in several key position. Might you be a part of Make Welcome’s story? Here’s what we’re looking for in a volunteer:

  • Someone who loves Jesus and wants to invest in the lives of refugee women & children.

  • Someone who is flexible - almost every class time involves a change of plans, so volunteers need to be able to adapt with grace!

  • Someone who puts service above personal comfort - sometimes the classroom is really hot. Sometimes there are language barriers that are hard to get past. Sometimes a screaming baby needs to held and comforted for long stretches. Whatever the case, service isn’t always easy, so we need volunteers who will embrace that.

  • Someone who wants to come alongside to both serve AND to learn - the women we work with are amazing. They’ve endured great hardships, and have as much (or more) to teach us as we have to give to them. Volunteers need to have an attitude of humility and see their work with Make Welcome as an opportunity for personal growth.

Does this list of qualities describe you? Then take a look at our current openings, fill out the volunteer application and/or send us an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We’d love to talk to you about serving together!

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One Year Ends, Another Begins

“Praise the Lord, my soul. Lord my God, you are very great.” (Psalm 104:1)

After a summer break, preparations for a new year of Make Welcome have begun. In the midst of the various details for the next round of classes, I often stop and marvel at all that God accomplished over the past year. 

  • 7 amazing refugee women who are students in our classes, women who have become sweet friends. 
  • Locations provided for us to meet at as we needed them, each the right fit at the right time. 
  • A group of volunteers who have a heart to love and serve in a myriad of needed ways. 
  • Creativity for developing beautiful handcrafted items and finding new ways to teach in spite of language barriers.
  • Friends who have come alongside to give advice, support and encouragement when needed.

And now another year of class awaits. There will be new challenges and new blessings. I look forward to seeing and sharing how God continues to craft the story of Make Welcome. 

“For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning." (TS Eliot)

Photo courtesy of Thalita Carvalho

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