Find your place in the story.
There are many ways to join World Relief Sacramento in welcoming the stranger and building transformational relationships.
Browse our volunteer opportunities below to see where your gifts, abilities and interests align with coming alongside refugees and immigrants. Be sure to click through the headings of the different opportunities to see more details.
Once you have reviewed the volunteer opportunities below, the first step to become a volunteer is to register for a Volunteer Information Session on our Events page. You don’t have to be an expert to make an impact!
For any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Jessica Alvarado at JAlvarado@wr.org or contacting us at (916) 640-2618.
A Good Neighbor Team (GNT) is a group of 5 to 10 people from a local church or community group that partners with World Relief Sacramento (WRS) to welcome and walk alongside a newly arrived refugee family for a 6 month commitment. A GNT is partnered with an individual newcomer or newcomer family and works to assist WRS staff with various aspects of the resettlement process. A GNT’s primary role is to create loving, lasting, life-long, mutually enriching relationships with their partnered newcomers by visiting them at least once every week. Our goal is for each refugee that arrives to the Sacramento area to feel the warm welcome of the local church and community.
Good Neighbors consist of an individual, a family unit, or no more than 3 friends that get to know a refugee family and help them integrate to America by providing consistent friendship, cultural empowerment, sharing meals, practicing English and helping out with practical advice about American life. Good Neighbors also consist of Health Advocates and Job Mentors. Good Neighbors are matched with a new refugee family to meet 3-4 times a month for at least 6 months.
Host Homes offer shelter and hospitality to refugees for 1 - 3 weeks in the United States while their apartment becomes available. Introduce refugees to an American home: thermostats, washing machines, and casseroles – they’re all new to many refugees. It’s a great way to share the welcoming love of Christ and make a lasting impact.
Hospitality volunteers shop for groceries and hot meals at a local Halal market before a family arrives to Sacramento. In addition, due to the Housing Crisis, hospitality volunteers also provide transportation to a Halal Market or deliver warm meals to refugee families staying in hotels.
Greet refugees when they first arrive to Sacramento and orient them to their new home. More than just transportation to their new home, a warm welcome at the airport is an invaluable gift to travel-worn refugees.
The first two weeks of a refugee family's arrival can be exhausting due to the number of appointments they have. Daytime Drivers (Roadrunners) help transport refugees to important classes, trainings, and appointments such as cash benefits, social security, school enrollment, and medical appointments.
Interpreters and Translators
Help interpret for intake days, cultural orientations, home visits, and other volunteers. If you are fluent in Arabic, Farsi/Dari, Pashto, and Russian we welcome you to attend a Volunteer Information Session!
Interns serve alongside staff assisting with practical needs, gaining professional casework skills and learning about refugee resettlement and cross-cultural ministry. This is a highly relational, hands-on internship involving significant commitment and responsibility.
Other Opportunities to Serve
- Assist World Relief staff with administrative work or planning events
- Advocate for refugee-related policy and legislation