Thank you so much for your interest in becoming a Good Neighbor Team! You are about to enter into a life-changing experience both for you and for the refugees you befriend.

Just as the Good Samaritan crossed cultural and religous boundries to help someone in need, you too are going to minister healing, friendship, and restoration to people from other cultures. It is a ministry that moves beyond charity to relationship and empowerment. 

Whereas in the past GNTs were volunteer groups who were matched with families upon arrival in Spokane, current federal policy has greatly reduced arrivals and we have had to shift gears. The fact is, we may not be receiving new families but there continue to be an abundance of families requesting volunteers. After one or two years in Spokane, most families have a need for homework help for their kids, English practice for mom, as well as assistance getting a drivers license and understanding some of the mail. Whether GNTs connect with families the first day they arrive in Spokane or enter in one or two years later, they continue to be the most important contributor to the thriving of refugee families in America.

The Onboarding Process of a GNT:

  1. Form a group of 5-8 individuals and have each person fill out a volunteer application. 

  2. A Team Leader of the group is assigned and contacts Volunteer Coordinator Nancy Goodwin to express your group’s interest.

  3. Your team will be invited to attend a volunteer orientation.

  4. Background checks are completed and processed by each person

  5. Toward the middle to end of the onboard process, the VC talks with the team about which families might be the best match for your team.

  6. Once the family is assigned, the team has a preliminary discussion about schedules and specific ways each member might be help out, according to the family’s needs and each member’s skills and interests.

  7. An introduction date is arranged between the GNT, WR family, VC and interpreter if needed. At this introduction, the team meets the family and discusses schedules and plans for future visits so that the family is visited at least once a week for the first three months. After that time, the schedule can be assessed and revised as necessary.

For more information please contact:

Nancy Goodwin, Volunteer Coordinator

(e) ngoodwin@wr.org   (p) 509.484.9829 x146