Volunteers Needed – Refugee & Immigrant Services & Empowerment (RISE)

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Position Summary:
Join Kansas City Public Library’s team of RISE volunteers to help KC immigrants and refugees learn English or become citizens! Commit just 2-4 hours per week to help patrons increase English proficiency, study for the Naturalization Civics Test, practice for the Naturalization Interview and so much more! Morning, afternoon, or evening times are available, Monday-Saturday. Training and ongoing support are provided.

Choose a RISE volunteer position and schedule that works for you:

  1. English for Citizenship: Assist instructor in weekly classes (Wednesday 6-8 PM) designed to help patrons develop the English language skills necessary to successfully become U.S. citizens. Help students understand the vocabulary of form N-400 and correctly answer 90% of the USCIS civics questions, while developing their ability to speak and listen at an advanced beginning ELL level.
  2. Citizenship Interview Practice: Work one-on-one with patrons who are applying for U.S. Citizenship, focusing primarily on the eligibility interview itself. Volunteers will help students become more comfortable and confident with English conversational literacy through mock naturalization interviews. For many hoping to become citizens, the interview can be the most nerve wracking part of the entire process.
  3. English Language Learner: Lead small conversation classes having to do with life skills. Classes are held Monday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 am and Thursday evening from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the North-East branch.

Locations Where Volunteers Will Serve:


  • Experience with literacy coaching, language learning, or tutoring experience preferred
  • Must be a native English speaker/ or have gone through the naturalization process
  • Must be a flexible team player
  • Must be able to work with students of many different skill levels
  • Experience working with non-native English speaking persons a plus
  • Must have a desire and ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Must be patient, kind, and passionate about citizenship

Benefits Provided:

  • Knowledge that your efforts are helping immigrants and refugees realize their goal of becoming naturalized citizens
  • Enriching experience building community with a culturally diverse group of individuals
  • Help prospective citizens understand the importance of becoming an active, informed community member
  • Job skills, professional reference, resume enhancement, and networking opportunities

The Process:
Volunteers must complete an application, pass a background check, and complete 2 hours of training to serve. To apply: Fill out the online application »

For more information on Citizenship, email:
janelee@kclibrary.org or phone 816.701.3673
ritaedmonds@kclibrary.org or phone 816.701.3546
For more information on ELL, email:
katietaylor@kclibrary.org or phone 816.701.3712
beccahrendall@kclibrary.org or phone 816.701.3547