Welcome to the CWS community sponsorship and volunteer portal! This page is designed to provide resources and training for community members to equip themselves to welcome refugees.
If you have any questions about the materials or you would like to be connected to an office near you in order to volunteer, please click the volunteer button, below, and fill out the form.
Protecting our Afghan Allies
As the United States withdraws from Afghanistan, thousands of families who have worked alongside the U.S. Military are in urgent and immediate danger. The U.S. government promised to protect them and is now working to bring them to safety.
CWS resettlement offices and affiliates welcome these Afghan families when they arrive in the United States, providing housing, employment and other social services so that they can thrive in their new communities.
Community Sponsorship Manual
This resource was created for communities working with Church World Service local and affiliate offices to welcome refugees resettled in the United States. Portions might be useful in work with other newcomer immigrants and asylum seekers; however, it is important to note that the content was designed for working with the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. Although much of the information laid out in this manual will be applicable throughout all community sponsorship work, it is important to always follow the guidance of local agency with the understanding that the work may look different according to local context.
Community Sponsorship During COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic and the social distancing measures have drastically changed the ways in which we connect with each other. As community members there are still ways that you can offer welcome and comfort to newly arrived refugees and immigrants during this time. This tool kit will provide you with suggestions, activities and educational opportunities that you can do from the safety of your home to support refugees and immigrants.
Together We Welcome Conference
On March 4th, 2022, CWS along with our Faith Solidarity Team invited faith leaders, clergy, community organizers and immigrant leaders to a dynamic virtual and inaugural event to hear from impacted voices as well as timely and relevant information about resettlement & migration from faith leaders, national and local resettlement staff and other experts in forced migration. Attendees spent the weekend learning about migration and displacement and walked away with specific action steps to foster welcome in their local communities.
Click HERE to view the recorded sessions from the event
Lunch and Learn Webinars
A series of webinars for community sponsors and volunteers. All webinars are approximately 30 - 45 minutes in length.
REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT 2020: WHAT'S NEXT
Presenter: Mia Witte, CWS Deputy Director for Resettlement
ADVOCACY & EDUCATION AT THE NATIONAL, STATE, AND LOCAL LEVEL
Presenters: Meredith Owen, CWS Deputy Director of Policy and Advocacy; Adamou Mohamed, CWS Community Organizing Coordinator
US/MEXICO BORDER UPDATE & ASYLUM SEEKERS
Presenters: Diego Lopez, Shelter Manager with Casa Alitas in Tucson, AZ; Aaron Tate, CWS Director of Program Innovation
UPLIFTING THE LEADERSHIP OF REFUGEES IN COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Presenters: Noel Andersen, CWS National Grassroots Coordinator; Rodrigue Makelele, CWS Refugee Organizer - Virginia
Live the call to justice and hospitality while creating welcoming communities; volunteer at your local CWS affiliate. Volunteer opportunities may include assisting with initial appointments, serving as an English partner, or coordinating donations. Opportunities vary according to your community, but all connect your talents, time and energy with our newest neighbors. Contact the CWS affiliate in your community for current volunteer opportunities.
No CWS affiliate near you? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find an opportunity near you.