The Caring Circle Program matches Rochester residents with refugees in a partnership of cultural exchange and support. We believe that everyone has something to learn and everyone has something to teach.
While there are social support agencies that provide assistance to refugees, there is often a social gap between refugees and their host country’s population. Caring Circle volunteers engage in activities that promote refugee self-sufficiency and independence.
Volunteers work weekly with a refugee family or individual to help them make the most of Rochester and integrate into the community. This can include:
- Transportation (to job interviews/doctor’s appointments/etc)
- Help with paperwork (reading mail/interpreting bills/school enrollment/advocacy in school settings/etc)
- Teaching (American culture/English/cleaning using Western-style appliances/etc)
- Healthcare (interpreting healthcare paperwork/finding specialists/advocacy/etc)
- Grocery shopping
- Financial literacy