Professional Connection

Help international newcomers with elements of their job search, such as: resume reviews and interview practice. (Engineering professionals in demand!)

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Welcoming Mentor

Help international newcomers get acquainted to the Cleveland area or practice English conversational skills.

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Professional Connection

Professional Connection volunteers are matched with an international newcomer (immigrant, refugee and/or international student) based on similar professional backgrounds and interests. Responsibilities might include reviewing resume and cover letters, mock-interview practicing, and sharing job search skills:

  • Possess experience in job searching and hiring practices in Cleveland.
  • Have a background in Human Resources or a specific industry (for example, engineering) preferred.
  • Connect newcomers to new contacts and professional networks.
  • Attend a volunteer orientation and training session at Global Cleveland.

Welcoming Mentor

Welcoming Mentors are matched with an international newcomer (immigrant, refugee and/or international student) based on neighborhoods and interests. Responsibilities include orienting a newcomer to their neighborhood (e.g.where to shop, eat, play, learn, worship, etc.). A mentor will also help the newcomer with English conversation skills:

  • Attend a volunteer orientation at Global Cleveland.
  • Commit to volunteering at a Global Cleveland Welcome Hub in or near your neighborhood.
  • Possess good communication skills, and speak in a friendly and clear manner.
  • Be patient and work through language barriers and accents.

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Sign up to become a Global Cleveland Volunteer online by clicking the button below:

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Requirements & Commitments

A little or a lot of time? No matter what, we can help you find the right time to meet your time availability:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have an appreciation for other ethnicities and cultures
  • Exercise professional and timely communication

For questions about Global Cleveland’s volunteer opportunities, contact Jazmin Long, Welcome Coordinator, at


Global Cleveland will host ongoing volunteer orientations at the Welcome Hub. During this time volunteers will be able to tour the Welcome Hub, meet each other and Global Cleveland staff, and learn more about specific volunteer opportunities. Volunteers are required to attend a one-hour orientation before they are matched with a volunteer opportunity. Refreshments will be served. Street parking downtown is free on the weekends, and free one to two hour street parking is available during the week.

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Naturalization Ceremonies

Global Cleveland needs your help welcoming our newest American citizens on what is one of the most important days of their lives. Three times a month, Global Cleveland sends representatives to the naturalization ceremonies to hand out welcome packets, and collect information on our newest American citizens. Ceremonies are typically held at the Carl B. Stokes U.S. Court House in the Jury Assembly Room on Level L1 and dates for 2016 ceremonies can be found below.

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We are grateful to these supporters who have helped Global Cleveland become a reality