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ROAR welcomes volunteers. There are many ways to help.

Want to get involved? There are lots of ways you can help give a new life to an LGBTQ refugee. You can be a sponsor, provide professional support to ROAR, offer services to new refugees, provide financial support, emotional support, etc. Our Constitution of October 2023 briefly outlines what ROAR is about. You can get more detail in our Bylaws.


A key way to help an LGBTQ refugee be accepted into Canada is to sponsor them. Private sponsorship is one of the ways we can help protect refugees from around the world.

There are a number of different private sponsorship options. Most require commitment to supporting the refugee emotionally, practically and financially for one year.

ROAR helps bring people interested in private sponsorship together and will help guide the group through the process of sponsoring an LGBTQ refugee. For more on ROAR sponsor roles, read our overview.


ROAR needs people who can provide professional services. We work with health care providers, educators, marketers and communicators, social workers, lawyers and more. If you are a professional or provide services that could help a refugee restart their life, we want to hear from you.

Financial Support:


Helping refugees resettle in Canada costs money. We depend on financial support from community members and organizations to continue to help find safe homes for LGBTQ refugees.

Your donation will help support a refugee to settle in Nanaimo. Private sponsorship of refugees is based on a commitment to pay costs for the first year of the refugee’s stay in Canada. Financial support will increase the number of refugees that can be resettled from very dangerous situations around the world. 


Every penny counts. Donations are gratefully received through the Brechin United Church Refugee Fund and are processed through the safe, secure website.


If you want to be involved, but cannot dedicate time or money, there are other ways you can support. If you want to help, even if you’re not sure how, send us an email or a letter.

Promotional poster. Heading: Join a ROAR sponsorship group
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