Arrive Ministries is an affiliate office of World Relief*


Good Neighbor Overview

A Good Neighbor Volunteer supports one refugee family in their integration to the Sacramento community by providing empowerment and mentorship. Most often, Good Neighbors share practical advice and help familiarize refugees with American culture, customs, and navigating systems and community resources.


Time Commitment and Responsibilities:

  • Minimum 6 month commitment.

  • Visit with your partnered refugee family 3-4 times per month. Visits are usually between 2-3 hours.

  • Female volunteers often begin very basic English tutoring with the women and children. Most women in the family will not speak any English and are most commonly illiterate in their own language.

  • Must exercise high degree of patience, flexibility and creativity when practicing English. 

  • Explore the local community with refugee family.

  • Communicate consistently with Good Neighbor Coordinator about refugee needs.


Good neighbor REQUIREMENTS

  • Must exercise high degree of patience, understanding, flexibility and self-awareness.

  • Record and report monthly volunteer hours served via Track-It-Forward. 



  • The first step in becoming a volunteer with World Relief Sacramento is to submit a volunteer application. 

  • Once you submit an application, a World Relief representative will contact you with information to register for a required 4-hour Volunteer Orientation held once a month. This training is meant to give you an introduction into refugee resettlement as well as introduce our guiding volunteer principles.

  • After attending, all volunteers must discuss final placement with a Volunteer Coordinator, watch our Prevention of Sexual Abuse online training and complete a background check in addition to clearing two references.