- One hour/week for 9+ months at times and places that work best for both of you
- 21+; complete two trainings; pass a background and reference check
- Any location that works best for both of you
Is This the Right Fit for Me?
You’re interested in building a relationship with a woman or teenager where you can be an ally in her goals. You’re each bringing your own gifts and interests to the table. Maybe you’re offering community knowledge, a particular skill, or simply helping her establish roots in a new place, but you’ll also be getting an opportunity to expand your awareness of other cultures and develop a new friendship. You’re committed to building a relationship, but you’re also flexible, as schedules could sometimes change.
About Treetops Collective
Treetops Collective is focused on creating opportunities and connections for refugee women and teen girls in West Michigan through asset-based community development and social enterprise. They are celebrating the creative gifts new neighbors bring to our community through textile, pottery and screen-printing work, as well as advocating for a more welcoming community through creation and sales of tees that say “welcome” in different languages. Additionally, they are increasing the capacity for women in the Greater Grand Rapids area to develop relationships with their newest neighbors by facilitating introductions and coordinating relationships with New Americans in intentional friendships that increase community and cultural competency. Social fabric is necessary for all of us to flourish, and they are passionate about creating a new kind of welcoming community.
What Others are Saying
After leaving a teaching career of thirty years, I really wanted to do something with women and to make our city a better place. The relationship with my sister continues to surprise me. It has taken me out of my comfort zone and challenges me, but we have become friends. Despite the language barrier, we have been able to slowly get to know each other and share bits of our lives together. The most difficult thing is the language barrier and lack of resources for overcoming that, but, despite the difficulties, it is worth doing. I have learned so much. I look at life with a different perspective.Mary
Contact the Organization
If you’re ready to ask some questions and get started, contact the Treetops Collective directly.
What to Expect
Fill out an application, and Treetops will reach out and invite you to the next general volunteer meeting. Then, you’ll attend a training specifically for Sister Circles volunteers, which includes cultural competency and trauma training. You’ll be matched with a sister based on your location, availability, and interests. The Treetops staff will introduce you two and discuss expectations and commitment to each other. It’s up to you to coordinate the subsequent meet-ups with your sister and proactively grow the relationship.