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 nnic@unr.edu.

If you have questions, please contact:

Carina Black
Executive Director
Northern Nevada International Center
(775) 784-7515 x 221