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 Training 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 can also have an emphasis on Health and Job Coaching. 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.
Welcome Meal and Grocery Shopper volunteers purchase groceries and hot meals at a local Halal market before a family arrives to Sacramento and take them to the family's first apartment. In addition, due to the Housing Crisis, volunteers can 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.
A Job Coach is a Good Neighbor with an emphasis on employment and committing for 3 months. Job Coaches can help clients by performing mock interviews with them, helping them create or tweak their resumes, helping them with their online applications, answering any questions they may have about working in the USA and helping them practice their soft skills. Transportation to job fairs, job interviews or networking events is another area where Job Coaches can really step up and assist the client.
Our goal for Career Specialists is to pair families, usually the husband or father in the family with volunteers who have experience in the same vocation. The benefit would be to help the client network in their field and better understand the way that industry is in America. This unique position allows for remote assistance through phone calls and online correspondence, though some in-person meetings would be beneficial. We ask that if you commit to this role that you walk with the client until they find a job.
Job Training Facilitator
Our Training Center is set to open in the summer of 2017 and we will need assistance with our computer lab. We will have set hours for clients to come in and receive guided assistance as they navigate online job searches or improve their computer skills.
Immigrant Legal Services volunteers are legal professionals, law students, interpreters, and other non-lawyers who are eager to serve World Relief Sacramento's immigrant clients through the provision of legal servies, interpreting, translation and community education and outreach.
Interpreters and Translators
Help interpret for intake days, cultural orientations, home visits, legal services clients and other volunteers. If you are fluent in Arabic, Farsi/Dari, Pashto, Russian, or Spanish 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