Children and Youth
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, there is still a need for after school programs where refugee children can feel cared for, empowered, and have fun.
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.
Learning English is one of the most critical areas of support needed for new refugees. You can help by becoming a classroom assistant for our Vocational English class or by participating in one of our Women's Integration Gatherings or Women's Literacy classes.
Immigration Legal Services (ILS)
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.
Don’t have a consistent schedule to commit to? If you have daytime availability there are various appointments Monday through Friday. You can help transport refugees to important classes, health appointments, school enrollment, or other critical appointments during their initial resettlement period. If you're available at night, you could help welcome a new family arriving at the Sacramento airport.
Internships at World Relief prepare students and recent graduates for cross-cultural service by immersing them in the fields of refugee resettlement, nonprofit operations, and immigration legal services. Our interns have the opportunity to gain professional casework and operations skills, build meaningful relationships, and learn about local and global immigration issues, both through direct service to refugees and immigrants as well as trainings, debriefing sessions and personal reflection.