Serving the vulnerable together as we connect refugees and immigrants with local churches and volunteers to facilitate life-changing relationships.
We are not currently accepting applications for new volunteers.
With the gift of your time through social support and cultural guidance, you can empower our refugee brothers and sisters to become self-sufficient in their new American home. Below is a brief explanation of our various ministry opportunities as well as details on our volunteer application process.
REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Our Friendship Partners and Good Neighbor Teams are our most involved opportunities over the course of 6 months. We look for individuals who are:
- Believer in Jesus Christ
- Previous Evangelistic experience
- Comfortable in one on one situations
- Good Listener
- Respectful of other cultures
- Willing to be a learner
FRIENDSHIP PARTNER: An American friend (1-4 people) who can help a refugee family become self-sufficient and find their confidence in America. Time spent together should encourage and reinforce American cultural concepts while learning about each other’s culture.
Minimum commitment of 3 hours a week for 6 months
GOOD NEIGHBOR TEAMS: Groups of 5-12 people (a church group, a Sunday School class, group of friends, colleagues, a community group) who can help a refugee family become self-sufficient and find their confidence in America. Time spent together should encourage and reinforce American cultural concepts while learning about each other’s culture. Your team can help our new neighbors adapt and adjust to American life through intentional companionship and personalized service. Good Neighbor Team's develop beneficial and meaningful relationships by spending time together. What a great opportunity to share the love and hope of Jesus Christ with the nations through meeting the social, economic, and spiritual needs of newly arrived international families living in your own community. For more info and access to our team guide, CLICK HERE.
Minimum commitment of 4 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months
ESL TUTOR: Visit a refugee family or individual two times a week to help them learn basic English.
Minimum commitment of two hours per week for three months (or one full semester for students)
Through the use of after school programs, youth mentoring, and school partnerships we help refugee students in Nashville achieve their academic and life goals despite their former adversities and setbacks.
Our goal is to positively impact refugee students through academic recovery, cultural activities, mentoring, opportunities for creative expression, and newcomer camps.
JOURNEY AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM GUIDE: Develop relationships with high school refugee students while offering support to the after school program through homework help, facilitating activities, and English conversation practice. Currently three locations – two in South Nashville, one in Smyrna.
Weekday afternoon/early evening availability required
JOURNEY AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM TRANSPORTATION: Assist in transporting high school refugee students home from after-school programming. Car time is valuable time to get to know Journey students! Volunteers are encouraged to attend the program when able. Currently three locations – two in South Nashville, one in Smyrna.
Weekday early evening availability required
JOURNEY MENTOR: Develop relationships with high school refugee students and help prepare them for graduation and life after high school. Mentors play a valuable role in social and emotional development, provide insight and access to local American culture, and act as an external support system.
Minimum commitment of one meeting a week for one year
JOURNEY TUTOR: Provide academic tutoring for high school refugee students who have relocated out of districts where Journey after-school programming serves. Scheduling would be decided between tutor and students.
Minimum commitment - current school year
For more information about any of the opportunities, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at NashvilleVC@wr.org. To apply to volunteer in any of these opportunities, visit our Volunteer Application Process page.