Volunteer opportunity

Family Mentor - Refugee Services

Newly arrived refugees face many obstacles as they try to adjust to a new life in America. Many daily tasks are challenging, but often our clients are faced with social isolation as well. As a Family Mentor, you (and your family) will be matched with a refugee family to provide them basic instruction and examples of American living, help orient them to the Nashville community, and develop a trusting relationship. Understanding "the basics" is an indispensable component of successful resettlement and can go a long way toward making families feel safer, happier, and more confident in their new home. This role is perfect for volunteers who like to serve autonomously and direct their own projects and goals. Though volunteers are welcome individually, this is also an excellent opportunity to engage your family in welcoming refugees to the community. For example, if you have teen-aged children, we can match you with a family that also has children of a similar age. Together with our clients, you can build community, learn about other cultures, and develop a new sense of what it means to be an American and a Nashvillian.


  • At least 18 years old with valid driving license and insurance
  • Able to meet at least one hour a week for a minimum of six months
  • Desire to work with other cultures
  • Friendly and open-minded
  • Patience and Flexibility

Contact: For more information or to apply for this position, please contact Lizzie Goddard at egoddard@cctenn.org, or call 615-760-2765.

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