During COVID-19, NNIC is suspending monthly community member coffee hours and in-person volunteer trainings. Please contact Gladys Wilson for training opportunities at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monthly community coffee hours and volunteer training
NNIC hosts monthly community member coffee hours on the final Wednesday of every month at noon.
NNIC also hosts a volunteer training on the final Wednesday of everything month at 5:00 p.m. in the NNIC offices.
Please contact Carina Black by email at email@example.com if you would like to provide items or have any questions.
- Mattress - twin/double *Only married couples and small children of the same sex may be expected to share beds
- Box spring
- Bed frame
- Set of drawers, shelves or other unit appropriate for storage of clothing (only if closet does not have shelves)
- Kitchen table
- Kitchen chair - one per person
- Couch or equivalent seating - in addition to kitchen chairs
- Lamp - one per room unless installed lighting present
- One place setting of tableware per person - fork, knife, spoon
- One place setting of dishes per person - plate, bowl, cup
- Pots and pans - one sauce pan, frying pan, and baking dish
- Mixing/serving bowls
- One set of kitchen utensils such as spatula, wooden spoon, knife, serving utensils, etc.
- Can opener
- Baby items as needed
Linens and other household items
- One towel per person
- One set of sheets and blankets for each bed
- One pillowcase for each person
Mentor groups and volunteers play a vital role in serving newly arrived refugees by providing friendship, and general assistance. Mentor groups are typically 10-15 volunteers that support refugee families beyond the capacity of the NNIC. These groups work with the NNIC via a point person in the mentor group.
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 U.S. health care system.
- Bus buddies: Train refugees on using the bus system in Reno. Help them practice routes to work, the store and other frequent destinations.
We also have multiple volunteer projects for groups:
- 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