COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Resettlement practitioners agree that meaningful integration happens at the local level. Municipalities, elected officials, service and health care providers, the media, schools, employers, faith leaders, volunteers and refugees themselves all have a role to play in ensuring that newcomers become self-reliant members of society. The resources here offer strategies for building capacity in advocacy, volunteer management and shared cultural experiences to promote community exchanges with refugee and asylum seekers.

Advocacy

IRC Champions for Refugees Toolkit

A toolkit on how to raise awareness about refugees and cultivate champions.

Community Outreach & Education

Building and Sustaining Community Collaborations for Refugee Welcome: A Community Engagement Toolkit

A toolkit developed by Welcoming America to help organizations and community groups identify their current strengths and consider new strategies for expanding and deepening their collaborations in order to promote welcoming communities.

Building Welcoming Schools: A Guide for K-12 Educators and After-School Providers

A guide published by Welcoming America comprised of activities that promote a welcoming environment and inclusive school setting all year-round.

Community Engagement Program Assessment Tool

A self-assessment tool to help resettlement and integration practitioners identify the current stage of their community engagement program in the areas of Community Engagement, Identifying Stakeholders, Reception Planning, Community Education, and Refugee Inclusion & Ongoing Coordination, and to better understand the key components of program maturity.

Digital Civics Toolkit

A collection of resources published by the MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics that explore a range of civic opportunities and dilemmas via five modules: Exploring Community Issues, Investigation, Dialogue, Voice, and Action.

Faces of Resettlement Reflection Questions & Lesson Plans for Community Members

Faces of resettlement reflection questions and lesson plans published by the Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange featuring refugees from Bhutan, Burma, Burundi, Iraq and Sudan sharing their stories.

Neighbors Together: Promising Practices to Strengthen Relations with Refugees and Muslims

A toolkit published by Welcoming America that outlines practices to counter anti-refugee and anti-Muslim sentiment.

Recipe Book for Integration

A toolkit published by Caritas for volunteers and communities to support integration.

Salam Neighbor

An award-winning documentary that showcases the experiences of those living in a refugee camp.

Stand Together: Messaging to Support Muslims and Refugees in Challenging Times

A toolkit published by Welcoming America to help advocates with messaging in support of Muslims during challenging times.

Stronger Together

A toolkit published by Welcoming America that provides guidance on how to effectively communicate the potential of newcomers to serve as a force for economic growth.

Ten Ways to Fight Hate

A guide that lists ten ways to fight hate and promote inclusion and tolerance within your community.

The Linking Communities Project, Creating Welcome for Refugees

An initiative that brings together stakeholders concerned about emerging barriers to local refugee resettlement and strengthens connections, provides training, and raises awareness in communities, among other practices.

The Receiving Communities Toolkit

A guide published by Welcoming America that aims to engage mainstream America in the process of integrating newcomers.

Welcoming America

An organization that works to reduce the barriers that immigrants face to fully participating in their communities.

Volunteer Engagement & Management

Mentoring Refugees: A Handbook for Volunteers

A handbook that serves as a resource manual and training guide for volunteer mentors providing one on one cultural orientation to refugee families in the community.

Refugee Resettlement in Partnership: A Guide for Community Volunteers and Institutions

A guide published by the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) describing suggested methods to engage volunteers in refugee integration activities.

Volunteer Management Manual – Section 1: Five Stages & Introduction

An introduction to the volunteer management manual and the five stages of the volunteer and intern life cycle.

Volunteer Management Manual – Section 2: Home-Based Volunteers

This section of the volunteer management manual outlines guidelines and best practices for working with home-based volunteers following the five stages of the volunteer life cycle.

Volunteer Management Manual – Section 3: Working with Corporate Volunteers: Volunteerism

Volunteer Management Manual – Section 3: Working with Corporate Volunteers: Volunteerism

Volunteer Management Manual – Section 4: Volunteer Coordinator Resource Library

This final section of the volunteer management manual contains over 70 templates and resources that are adaptable for your use.

Volunteer Program Assessment Tool

A self-assessment tool to help resettlement and integration practitioners identify the current stage of their volunteer programming in the areas of Planning, Recruitment & Placement, Orientation & Training, Support, and Post-Service, and to better understand the key components of program maturity.

Volunteering for Refugee Integration

A toolkit published by the SHARE Network which promotes benchmarks for volunteer engagement in refugee integration in European countries.

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