Listed below are some things you can do to help refugees in our community and around the world starting today.
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
Give a gift to the International Rescue Committee
The Rescue Gifts items in this catalog represent many of the programs, projects and tools that compose the IRC's work every day around the world. Allowing them to deliver comprehensive and holistic help to uprooted people, your gift will be used where and when most needed. And, when combined with those of other donors, your Rescue Gift becomes a powerful means to survival, recovery, and the restoration of dignity and self-reliance for those uprooted by conflict or natural disaster.
Volunteer with InterFaith Works in Syracuse
InterFaith Works has a wide range of programs and activities throughout the year, engaging over 5,000 people through our program work and events. Volunteers are invited to attend, support, plan and lead any of our programs and events and related committees. Their programs include:
The Center for New Americans, which provides resettlement and post-resettlement services to help refugee families in Syracuse reestablish their lives and overcome the barriers to successful integration in their new communities.
The Ahmad and Elizabeth El-Hindi Center for Dialogue, which serves as a hub for constructive community engagement. Dialogue programs and activities address community concerns and encourage understanding across racial, ethnic and religious differences.
Volunteer with RISE
The mission of Refugee and Immigrant Self- Empowerment (RISE) is to advocate and promote self-sufficiency through employment, education, social support and economic independence for members of the refugee and immigrant communities in Onondaga County, NY. Their goal is that all refugees and immigrants will become empowered to become economically independent and productive members of society who enrich their new community while maintaining their cultural identity. Some of RISE's offerings to include: ESL classes, case management, interpretation and translation, and job placement services among many others.
The Refugee & Immigrants Self-Empowerment relies upon the support of volunteers to assist in carrying out the day-to-day activities of the Center. Volunteers also help them reduce the costs of program delivery. They are always looking for volunteers to serve in a variety of capacities, including:
Special Events Assistance
They are especially seeking area employers who would like to partner with our Self-Sufficiency Program.