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The Refugee Response's

Community Advisory

Board (CAB)

What is the Community Advisory Board?

The Community Advisory Board (CAB) was formed in order to foreground the voices of members of resettled communities in the Cleveland area. They meet every month in order to determine initiatives and projects for refugee-background community members to become more actively involved with the work of The Refugee Response and other refugee services in the Cleveland area. We are looking for candidates from our client communities, specifically people with refugee backgrounds who are living in Cleveland

What is TRR’s Community Advisory Board (CAB)?

TRR’s Community Advisory Board is a group of people from TRR’s client communities who meet regularly to provide input on TRR’s current programs and projects and to also contribute ideas that inform new programs and projects. CAB members are eager to improve TRR’s programs in service to the communities they identify with.


What are the Community Advisory Board’s goals?

The CAB will provide input on existing programs and projects including TRR’s employment programs, education programs, content creation program, advocacy projects and the Ohio City Farm.


The CAB will share decision making power with TRR staff at the director level, and will be consulted for the formation of new programs, projects and initiatives. CAB members are also highly encouraged to propose original ideas they think would be beneficial to the communities they identify with. *The CAB will have a modest budget to execute new projects and will also work within existing program budgets.


By virtue of CAB members contributing their skills, experiences, and expertise, TRR will be better situated to work with and meet the needs of refugee clients in Cleveland, Ohio.

How can CAB members benefit from participating in the CAB?

Leadership: Occupy an essential leadership role where your skills, experiences and recommendations are valued. Provide input on TRR’s programs from education to employment.


Professional Development: Gain experience working in the nonprofit and social service sectors and add a board level position to your resume.

Advocacy and Civic Engagement: Bring about positive outcomes for the communities you identify with.

Networking: Network and collaborate with a diverse group of creative individuals who care about improving refugee services and supporting local community groups.

How often will the Community Advisory Board meet? Where will the CAB meet?

The Community Advisory Board will meet the first Sunday of every month from 7:00-8:30pm. Each meeting will be 1 hour long. 


Due to COVID-19 considerations, meetings will be held on Zoom for the foreseeable future. We intend to meet in person as soon as we can safely do so.

We are looking for CAB candidates who:

  • Are interested in TRR’s mission and programs.

  • Are community-minded.

  • Feel comfortable expressing their voice among a diverse group of people, and working collaboratively with others.

  • Will gladly provide and receive considerate constructive feedback.

  • Are happy to participate in virtual meetings via Zoom. 

  • Computers, internet and quiet space will be available at Refugee Response’s office for those who need it.

  • ​Are willing to recuse themselves on issues impacting their own businesses or political campaigns.

  • Will commit to 1 year of service and will attend at least 8 out of 12 meetings per year.

  • Speak English, or are willing to participate in tandem with an English speaking CAB member. (At this time; requirement may change.)

  • Are at least 16 years old.

    • Parent or guardian consent is required for young adults (16-17 years old).

  • We are looking for candidates from our client communities, especially people with refugee backgrounds who are living in Cleveland.

I'm interested! How do I apply?

Or request a paper application, phone call, Zoom meeting, WhatsApp call or socially distant meeting by contacting Kate Nickley by phone at (216) 236-3877. Leave a voice mail if she does not answer your call!


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