Children and Youth - mostly Virtual, Temporarily
Thousands of resettled refugee children in Sacramento face unique and pressing challenges. Many are misunderstood in their new neighborhoods and are struggling to overcome trauma and the daily stresses of adjusting to a new culture and community. While school plays a vital role in helping refugee children integrate, now more than ever, these English Language Learners are in need of distance learning support.
Good Neighbors are individuals, families, or a small group of friends (2-3) who desire to help refugees with community integration by providing life skills, spending quality time together and sharing cultures with each other. Good Neighbors can also have a focus on Job Coaching, Health Advocacy, and/or English Tutoring.
Good Neighbor Teams
Our Good Neighbor Team program is a team-based, relational volunteer opportunity consisting of 5-10 members (formed by you). This group comes alongside a refugee family for a duration of 6 months and assists them in their transition to Sacramento.
Volunteer opportunities include individual job coaching, crafting resumes, setting up LinkIn accounts, and mock interviews for refuees/immigrants to prepare them for the workplace here in the U.S.
english - VIRTUAL
Learning English is one of the most critical areas of support needed for new refugees. You can help by being a tutor for a woman in one of our literacy classes (starting again in Feb.) or focus on ESL as a Good Neighbor.
Immigration Legal Services (ILS) -TEMPORARILY PAUSED
The ILS program exists to serve low-income immigrants in need of legal assistance, engage and train legal professionals and others to serve their immigrant neighbors through citizenship workshops and offer relevant legal education to help vulnerable populations know their rights. Some training is available.
Can't make a regular commitment to volunteering but want to help when you can? There are a variety of ways to serve as an arrival volunteer. You can welcome a refugee family by helping set up their apartment before they arrive, meeting them at the airport and taking them/their luggage to their new home, grocery shopping, or [in the future] providing a host home for 1-2 nights if their apartment isn't quite ready.