Co-sponsor with Local Office
Groups within 100 miles of a CWS office have the opportunity to be a local cosponsor. Cosponsor groups work with agency staff to provide core services to refugee newcomers from a variety of countries. These newcomers are already in the refugee pipeline to the United States and are not specifically matched with cosponsors until after they arrive. Cosponsors provide important support for both newcomer clients and office caseworkers.
While the services expected from cosponsor groups may vary based on the needs of the local office, cosponsor groups provide eight or more of the following services (needs will vary by office):
- Home evaluation and safety check
- Airport pickup
- Housing and personal safety orientation
- Cultural orientation and assessment
- Assisting clients with the following (as applicable):
- Public benefits applications
- Social Security card application
- Selective Service application
- School enrollment
- Change of address forms
- Medical appointments
- English Language Learner (ELL) enrollment
- Employment services enrollment
While some offices do not have fundraising requirements for cosponsors, others ask cosponsors to fundraise between $3000 and $5000 dollars to assist with costs for newcomers.
For more information about cosponsoring with your local office, please fill out the form below and a CWS staff member will contact you.
Supporting Local Offices
If you are not in a position to sponsor but would still like to help with CWS’s response to the Ukrainian crisis, you can volunteer with your local office. Local volunteers help provide services like setting up apartments, tutoring, transportation, and more. Fill out the form below and a CWS staff member will contact you with more information.
Can't Commit to Sponsorship?
Your local office may have volunteer roles on an as-needed basis. Email your local office using the map below.