224 9th St SW, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA
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Our missionInternational Neighbors is a 501(c)(3) volunteer organization that works to equip refugee neighbors with the network and skills needed to move from surviving to thriving In Charlottesville.

International Neighbors

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Ways to help

Great Neighbor Guide program

Be matched with a newcomer, as an individual or family! This mutually beneficial relationship is imperative in order for our newest neighbors to thrive in Charlottesville.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • Children, Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Groups (10+), Corporate Teams, Families
  • Virtual, Physical, Indoor, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends
Items we need now

Vehicles/CARS...Driving the Dream

International Neighbors currently has a car request list of 107 individuals.  Our clients are faced with exorbitant expenses, beginning with repaying the U.S. Government for their family's airline costs.  This hefty bill ($9,000 for a refugee family of 9 people to be resettled to America from Uganda) coupled with Charlottesville's outrageous cost of living ($1,200 for a 2 bedroom 1 bath apartment) with only minimum wage employment opportunities makes car ownership almost impossible.
  • In-Kind Donations
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How you helpOur Volunteer Village is the only way we can meet our mission! Become a Great Neighbor Guide, and be connected with a newly resettled immigrant. These aspiring Americans are desperately in need of a network, and 100% of our volunteers report a positive and eye-opening experience. Be a great neighbor!
About usRefugees (people who have been forced to leave their country in order to escape war or persecution) and SIVs (special immigrant visa holders, who worked for the United States during the conflicts in Afghanistan or Iraq) are invited by the U.S. Government to begin new lives in America. Scores of these survivors live in isolation, faced with a multitude of obstacles including: lack of language, PTSD, poverty, alienation, somatization, culture shock, xenophobia, homesickness, depression, confusion, and lack of transportation. We know that these barriers keep newcomers from living successful and independent lives, and also inhibit one's ability to share valuable contributions with the community.
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