Opportunities to Engage
Join our community of sponsors, community sponsorship staff, and refugees paired with sponsors.
We organize ongoing opportunities for knowledge sharing and learning. These include a weekly Lunch and Learn, monthly Roundtable Discussions, and ongoing Communities of Practice. We hope you will join us!
Lunch and Learn Sessions
Join our weekly webinars for community sponsors and volunteers, featuring guest speakers and covering critical topics for supporting refugee families in your communities.
12:00 PM ET
Upwardly Global: Assisting Refugee and Immigrant Professionals Pursuing Careers in the U.S.
Upwardly Global supports refugees and immigrants in restarting their careers in their new community. Learn how you or a new neighbor can connect to Upwardly Global programs and resources.
12:00 PM ET
Partners in Mobilization: How Houston Welcomes and YMCA Houston Activate Volunteers and Donations
During this session, participants will learn about the partnership between a local resettlement agency and Houston Welcomes Refugees. The presenters will also share advice with sponsors and volunteers from lessons learned.
Featured Past Webinars
Missed a live Lunch and Learn? Watch the recordings of all our past webinars below.
Exploring co-sponsorship at the national level
Three of the nine national resettlement agencies in the U.S. are piloting a national co-sponsorship program. During this session participants will learn about the pilot programs, including the approaches the three agencies have taken in the design and implementation of their programs, and the challenges and opportunities they’ve identified to date.
Refugee Mental Health Considerations and Trauma-Informed Care Practices for Community Sponsorship Groups and Volunteers
During this session participants learn about possible mental health issues faced by some refugee clients as well as practical applications of the principles of trauma-informed care during co-sponsorship, support, or volunteering.
Roundtables are organized in the form of feedback sessions, workshops, and panel discussions to bring together community sponsorship groups, community sponsorship staff, refugees paired with CS groups and partners to inform the direction and focus of RWC training, Technical Assistance, and knowledge-sharing efforts.
Topics essential to quality CS program design, delivery, and evaluation are discussed with an aim of gaining inclusive perspectives and inputs from a wide range of CS stakeholders.
Additional roundtable dates and details coming soon.
Communities of Practice
Depending on your role with community sponsorship, when you join a community of practice you will connect with others carrying out similar tasks and responsibilities. You will have the chance to learn how others in similar positions manage, and together share knowledge and best practices.
Refugee Welcome Collective supports communities of practice to meet on a regular basis, and is a platform for sharing lessons learned, materials developed, and further connections and knowledge across communities.
To learn more about joining a community of practice, please complete the expression of interest form below.