What are the roles associated with GNTs?

Volunteers, WRD staff and refugees work as a team through shared roles in the GNT experience. WRD staff and GNTs share the common goal of serving in integral mission and empowering refugees to reach self-sufficiency.

GNT leader’s role: A GNT leader’s role is to act as a communication liaison between the WRD volunteer coordinators specialist and his or her GNT members. A GNT leader:

  • Communicates directly with WRD volunteer coordinators, on behalf of the entire team. The leader is the point of contact/laision and helps streamline communication. 
  • Provides direction, organization, support and inspiration for this rest of the GNT.
  • Is in charge of choosing the communication method between GNT members
  • Addresses group members' questions and reporting problems to/ask questions of WRD volunteer coordinators. The leader helps to creatively solve problems, seek resources and plan activities with partnered refugees. 
  • Monitors how well GNTs are maintaining proper boundaries with refugees, and avoiding burn out. 
  • Assures that GNT members are turning in their volunteer logs by the 25th of each month.
  • Make sure that all commitment forms are signed, and that the GNT is completing all services for which they are responsible.

Refugee's role: Refugees' primary role is to communicate their needs to both WRD and volunteers and comply with WRD’s expectations, which have been established with refugees’ best interests in mind.

WRD’s role: WRD’s role is to manage refugees' resettlement process and to direct GNTs in the appropriate ways to serve their partnered refugees. WRD will provide guidance to volunteers as needed from the time the GNT is formed until the time their partnered refugees' case is closed.

Interpreter’s role: Interpreters are provided strictly for some core services. If your team is assisting in provided these services, you may have the opportunity of meeting interpreters who work for WRD. Many of our interpreters have been through the resettlement process themselves, which equips them to be wonderful leaders in their ethnic community. Read more about interpreters here.