Depending on the country, sponsorship groups may or may not be required to contribute financially to the sponsorship. Further, there may be certain laws and regulations governing fundraising that sponsorship group members should be aware of, for example, the issuance of tax receipts.
This course contains fundraising ideas. Many are also useful for recruiting additional group members and volunteers:
Employment is often an important part of the resettlement process. Access to work is key to self-sufficiency and for some people, it is difficult to feel like contributing members of society if they are unable to work.
Sponsorship groups are integral in the refugee newcomers’ process of adapting to the new community since you identify needs and connect them with resources. This is also the case with mental health needs.
As a sponsorship group member, you can support refugee newcomers to seek professional support, which any person can benefit from regardless of their background.
Sponsorship group members can have a variety of responsibilities related to education. Obviously, the scope of these responsibilities depends on the refugee newcomers family composition, their ages, education needs, and the specifics of the education system in the resettlement country.
Your group is responsible for equipping the refugee newcomers with knowledge of and access to the various modes of transportation available in the resettlement community. Some sponsorship groups may also choose to separate transportation tasks from orientation generally.
An important way to support sponsored refugees’ integration and self-sufficiency is to link into a secure and supportive social network. This network may or may not include your group. While building a diverse network can take longer than the sponsorship period, it can be achieved if approached intentionally.