Mentors and volunteers play a vital role in serving newly arrived refugees by providing assistance, friendship, and general assistance.
Some specific things they do include...
- Welcomers (Airport pickup): More than just transportation to their new home, a warm welcome at the airport is an invaluable gift to travel-worn refugees.
- Roadrunners (Drivers): Help refugees get to necessary caseworker and medical appointments during their first couple weeks in America.
- Movers and Apartment Setup: Assist our staff in gathering donations, setting up housing, and purchasing groceries for new arrivals.
- Community/Cultural Guides: Help orient refugees to their new community and the public resources available to them such as public transportation, shopping, banking, library services.
- Teach a life-skills class: Budgeting, cooking, computer skills, home safety, etc.
- Employment/Health Advocates: Prepare and connect refugees to job leads or assist them in navigating our US healthcare system.
We also have multiple volunteer projects for groups:
- Buy groceries for a refugee family
- Provide a "Welcome Kit" for refugees (email us for a list of needed items)
- Coordinate a Resource Drive
- Have a family over for dinner
- Develop a Good Neighbor Team
To apply to be a volunteer email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions, please contact:
Northern Nevada International Center
(775) 784-7515 x 221