ODHR - Know Your Neighbor Program

Since the mid-1970s and the end of the Vietnam War, the state of Utah and its residents have welcomed an estimated 60,000+ refugees from more than 20 countries. As a welcoming community, the state of Utah receives an additional 1,100 refugees from around the world annually, all of which have unique stories to share, skills to contribute, and traditions to celebrate. The Know Your Neighbor Program aims to integrate the welcoming community and Utah’s refugee population by developing friendships in the following ways:

Family Friend
Through the Family Friend program, volunteers will have the opportunity to build friendships with an individual or family from Salt Lake City’s refugee community as they get to know each other over the course of at least six months.  As with any other friendship, a volunteer’s experience with this program will encompass a diverse array of experiences. Some weeks may include helping children with homework, teaching a mother to budget, or working together to improve a shared skill or interest. Whereas other weeks may include family outings or teaching each other how to make one another's favorite cuisine. Our hope for this program is to provide both volunteers and refugees with the chance to learn from and enjoy one another’s company.
 
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Volunteer and have the opportunity to build friendships
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Skill Share Mentor
As the more unique of our three programs, this volunteer opportunity provides those involved with a chance to share their own professional or personal interests. The need for these volunteers is not always immediate, but as volunteers are able to make known to us the skills they wish to share, allowing us to create a pool of people that we can call on when that need arises.
 
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Volunteer and share your own professional or personal interests
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Program Volunteer
As a Program Volunteer, you will have the chance to work hand in hand with staff members and other volunteers in both classroom, office, and community settings. Opportunities include teaching, mentoring, or planning in tech, citizenship, recreation, life & job skills, and administrative-based programs.
 
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Work hand in hand with staff members and other volunteers
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