At its heart, community sponsorship creates opportunities for communities to play a key role in supporting refugees and other forcibly displaced individuals as they settle into their new communities. In community sponsorship, refugees and other forcibly displaced populations are paired with groups (e.g. faith communities, businesses, civil society organizations, clubs) who provide clearly defined financial and/or in-kind contributions and volunteer services to support their welcome and integration over a set period of time.
Through community sponsorship, groups rather than individuals are paired with a forcibly displaced individual or family to contribute financial and/or in-kind support and provide holistic services that welcome and facilitate overall integration over a set period of time.
Community sponsorship facilitates refugee integration by connecting refugees more directly to community members and strengthens local community support for refugees and immigrants. Through sponsorship, groups engage with and reconnect to their local communities, bringing about stronger, more cohesive societies.
Co-sponsorship is a critical form of community sponsorship. In co-sponsorship, groups commit in a non-legally binding written commitment with a resettlement agency to provide or ensure the provision of reception and placement core services to newly arriving refugees. It is regulated by the US Department of State through its Reception and Placement Program Cooperative Agreement held with resettlement agencies.