The Refugee Response's
The Refugee Response empowers resettled families to grow roots, supporting them in becoming engaged, self-sufficient and contributing members of their new communities.
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 every other month, or 6 times per year. Each meeting will be 1 hour long. We will select a time that works best for most CAB members at the first meeting on December 9th at 7:00pm.
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.
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 4 out of 6 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).
Identify with one of our client communities:
Are a first or second generation immigrant or refugee.
Live in the greater Cleveland area.