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Global Refuge Ambassador Network

Join a Team of World Changers and Community Transformers

Global Refuge Ambassadors are the lead mobilizers. They stir the public into action by organizing, convening, representing, and advocating for the work of welcome in contexts across the country.

The Global Refuge Ambassador Network is a nationwide community, made up of passionate advocates, volunteers, and leaders from all walks of life. They are all united by their passion and commitment to stand in solidarity with Global Refuge and the newcomers we serve.

With active support and training from Global Refuge staff, Ambassadors carry out a wide variety of work on the ground in their communities. From organizing awareness campaigns and advocacy actions to hosting prayer vigils and social media takeovers or gathering supplies to aid local crisis response, it is the Ambassadors that embody Global Refugee’s local response in times and areas of need.

New in 2024: Those who are under the age of 18 may join this sacred work as Junior Ambassadors! While contributing in many of the same ways as Ambassadors, Junior Ambassadors are equipped with special training and tools to advocate from within their schools and local communities.

Together, Ambassadors and Junior Ambassadors carry out the work of welcome from their local context, and equip others to do the same.

Sound like you or someone you know? Apply or share with a world-changer you know today!

Applications to join the Ambassador Network are considered bi-annually, so don’t wait!

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We’ll provide resources, tools, and ideas for potential actions associated with each role, but the sky is the limit! Ambassadors are encouraged to think creatively, mix and match, and discern how they can best use their gifts and show up in the world as an Global Refuge Ambassador.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Attend Ambassador Orientation Series and complete the Intentions Survey Take Action – plan to dedicate time and energy to integrating it into your life. While the Global Refuge Mobilization team will be there to provide resources, trainings, and support, it is the responsibility of the Ambassador to ensure they are working with their community and leveraging their strengths to support Global Refuge in welcoming immigrants and refugees.  While this will look different depending on the person and their interests, you should plan to dedicate time each week to the Network, whether posting on social media, staying abreast of immigration news and issues, attending a training, or meeting with your local community. You get out what you put in. This Network is for leaders and self-starters. Submit Quarterly Impact Reports and collaborate with other Ambassadors and Global Refuge staff to brainstorm best practices

  • Global Refuge volunteers show up and offer time to respond to an immediate local need. Ambassadors, on the other hand, do the pre-work to communicate that need and organize the response. For example, if there were a local need to provide food or perishable goods like sandwiches, the volunteers would show up to assemble and package the sandwiches. The Ambassadors would have bought the sandwich ingredients and reserved the space.

    Both roles are essential to orchestrating local action, and both have their place regardless of the specific need. Even when the need is not as tangible as physical items like food or water, the two roles work in tandem in the same way. Ambassadors represent Global Refuge by communicating local needs and helping organize the public into action. The Volunteers sign up and show up, and act as the hands, feet, and voices that carry out the work of welcome.

    In the past, Global Refuge supported volunteer engagement exclusively by referring interested people to local affiliate offices. Moving forward, Global Refuge is expanding our opportunities for volunteers across the country to include such programs as writing letters to immigrants in detention, partnering with English language learners for conversation practice, and more.

    Ambassadors are welcome to participate in any or all of our volunteer opportunities. However, they are first and foremost invited and encouraged to develop fluency in Global Refuge’s outreach efforts in order to become spokespeople and mobilizers within their communities. Ambassadors make a greater degree of commitment to use their gifts and passions to uniquely transform their respective spaces into havens of welcome and hubs of action as representatives, advocates, philanthropists, creators, or conveners.

  • Ambassadors are invited to use their unique interests and skills to make an impact through 5 core roles: Representative, Advocate, Creator, Convener, and Philanthropist.

    Representative: Represent Global Refuge at meetings and events in your local community, including brief presentations about ways individuals and communities can get involved

    Advocate: Focus efforts on learning about and advancing for policies around welcoming refugees and protecting asylum seekers

    Creator: Use your talents to lift up the experiences of immigrants and refugees and amplify the work of Global Refuge through your medium of choice: blogs, poetry, sermons, social media, and more

    Convener: Host events to engage new communities and individuals in Global Refuge annual programs and campaigns.

    Philanthropist: Inspire transformative generosity in support of immigrants and refugees through the Global Refuge mission

    We’ll provide resources, tools, and ideas for potential actions associated with each role, but the sky is the limit! Ambassadors are encouraged to think creatively, mix and match, and discern how they can best use their gifts and show up in the world as an Global Refuge Ambassador.