Support Refugees


Arriving in the United States is an exciting, but overwhelming time for newly arrived refugees. Adjusting to their new home can be stressful, and volunteer support is vital to help them transition successfully. Volunteer to make a difference in a family’s life during their first few months in the United States.

 

Below are opportunities to support refugees. Learn more about our Volunteer Tasks

  • APARTMENT SET UP VOLUNTEER

Refugees need a furnished apartment before they arrive. Pick up donated items from our storage facility or at the store (expenses are reimbursed). Then set up beds, couches, dressers, and other needed items.

  • AIRPORT RECEPTION VOLUNTEER

Refugees arrive in Sacramento after 24-48 hours of travel. Welcome these refugees, and be the first smiling face they see! Help families gather their belongings at the airport, drive them to their new home, and get situated for their first night here.
*Airport pick-ups typically occur Monday-Thursday between 9:00pm and 11:00pm.

  • NAVIGATOR VOLUNTEER

Newly arrived refugees have many responsibilities and appointments after arrival. You will walk, drive, and/or take the bus with families to various appointments at the Opening Doors office, health clinics, and schools. You ensure refugees arrive on time, communicate with staff, and learn the route for future appointments.
*Appointments typically occur Monday-Friday between 8:00am and 5:00pm.

  • ORGANIZE A DRIVE

Welcome Kits provide families with basic household items. Collect donations in the form of Welcome Kits by mobilizing your small group, family, church, or school to collect needed items! Since we are not a donation drop off center, we cannot accept walk-in donations. Please contact us before hand.
*See Refugee Welcome Kits for a list of items.

  • DONATE HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

Donations of household goods allow us to transform basic apartments into affordable homes. We only accept items that are in new or like-new condition, and we reserve the right to inspect items and and turn away anything that is not in good condition. Please contact us via email before delivering donations at Donation@openingdoorsinc.org. No phone calls please.

*At this time, we are only able to arrange for a dropoff at our client's apartment.

  • REFUGEE MENTORSHIP

Mentors provide guidance and support to a newly resettled refugee family in Sacramento. As a mentor, you will be responsible for preparing refugees for a positive experience living in the United States. Introducing them to their new community, mentors assist a family with: navigating the health care system, opening a bank account, transportation to appointments, applying for a California ID/Driver’s License, and finding low cost grocery/clothing stores. You may also assist clients with their resume, job search and applications, interview preparation, and using their local library’s resources. Additionally, mentors can help with school and/or learning English, and take the family on field trips to local points of interest.

  • INTERN

Work with refugees and gain casework skills as well as advocacy experience. You will be exposed to the social welfare system and learn how to manage client cases.

*Read more about the internship before applying.

 

 

Thank you for your support!