How to Get Involved

To qualify as a Natural Helper, you must be bilingual or multilingual, have access to a computer and an e-mail address that is checked regularly, and be willing to:

  • Volunteer to serve in your community
  • Attend classes for a mandatory 20-hour training program (classes are held in the evenings or on weekends)
  • Attend ongoing bimonthly training (held on weeknights from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.)
  • File confidential reports online about your volunteer time

While the following are not requirements to become a Natural Helper, it also is helpful if you are:

  • An immigrant to the United States OR have an understanding of the unique situations faced by immigrant newcomers
  • Willing to be available in the evenings and on weekends to assist with emergency requests or needs
  • Connected within your community and knowledgeable of public and local services

The Immigrant Welcome Center trains two groups of Natural Helpers annually.  Class size is limited to 12.  If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Natural Helper, please contact program director Terri Morris Downs at (317) 808-2340 or tdowns@immigrantwelcomecenter.org