Welcome club volunteer

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.  

World Relief Sacramento is partnering with local churches to launch our first Refugee Welcome Club, an organized after-school program & soccer league for refugee children.

Churches support the sustainability of the Welcome Club through offering their facilities, mobilizing and supporting volunteer teams, and donating items for the club.



  • Since churches sponsor the Welcome Club, individual volunteers must join an established Welcome Club through a local church or seek to form a Welcome Club through their own church.

  • Must be culturally sensitive and respectful of diverse backgrounds.

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

  • Ability to handle sensitive client information confidentially.

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


Time Commitment and responsibilities

  • The Welcome Club meets every Wednesday between 4:00pm - 6:00pm at a local Carmichael park

  • Willing to commit to 3 months and 2 Wednesdays/month for a total of 5 hours/month

  • Male volunteers will work with boy refugees ages 8-14 and lead soccer practices or even be assistant coaches

  • Female volunteers will work with girl refugees ages 8 - 14 and lead small group activites

  • For assistant coaches, soccer expereince preferred but defintiely not required.

  • Participate in occassional Saturday scrimmages, summer camps, or events


volunteer application steps

  • 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 Training 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 and complete a background check in addition to clearing two references.