Salt Lake City

Refugee Volunteer Programs

Know Your Neighbor Volunteer Program

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.

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.

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.


Upcoming Events:

Stand with Refugees from Burma

April 10, 2018 | 6 p.m to 9 p.m.

Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 E 400 S, SLC, UT 84111

Join the Mayor's Office and community members in filling out pre-addressed and stamped postcards asking Utah's Congressional members to pass the Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act. The Mayor's Office will mail the postcards on behalf of the participants. Click here for more information.


For more information, please contact Fatima Dirie, Refugee Community Liaison: 801-535-7931 or