Your passion for our work is absolutely crucial to fulfilling our mission of empowering refugees. In order to be successful, we need people like you who are passionate about our cause to help us spread the word.
Overcomers Refugee Services relies on the generous support of our donors - big and small. Peer-to-Peer Fundraising or Crowdfunding is a great way to raise awareness and money through small to medium size donations from many people, typically online.
There are always administrative tasks that need to be done. Your support with these tasks allow our case managers to focus on our clients.
Learning to speak English is one of the biggest barriers to integration for New Americans. They are typically enrolled in ESL classes, but the more they practice, the better they can learn.
Providing transportation for New Americans ensures that they can access the health and other necessary services they need.
Teach a skill that would be beneficial to our Women or Youth Group. Teach at our Citizenship Classes. Your organizational leadership, fundraising, grant-writing, or accounting skills could make a big difference for our organization and our clients.
Monthly donations give us the ability to sustain and expand our services and programs, broaden our reach, and maximize our impacts, ensuring the full and successful integration of all New Americans who join our community.
Our clients are former refugees who have been forced to leave their homes, fleeing war,, human rights violations, and devastation from natural disasters. They have spent years in refugee camps, stateless, in limbo, not knowing if or when they will ever return home or find a new home. They have lost or had to leave behind family, friends, and community.
Many New Americans were raised in villages, in which community support is the way of life. Here in the US, many New Americans feel isolated due to the lack of English and the American way of life. Our clients struggle with day-to-day tasks like computer literacy, supporting their children’s education (especially now with remote learning), applying for jobs, banking. Beyond the initial skills needed to navigate daily life, a deeper understanding of their new community and culture is vital to healing from the pains of their past while building a new life.
This new program will pair trained volunteers with New American families to not only assist with daily tasks, but build a trusting relationship in which New Americans feel comfortable and welcome. Casual conversations that take place over tea is practice in English language learning; running errands together provides orientation to grocery shopping, banking, and more conversation; frequent visits can lead to support for school children and help with technology.
The bond that is built is reminiscent of the villages in which New Americans were raised, and our volunteers’ lives are also enriched.
Are you interested in becoming a volunteer? Contact Community Outreach Coordinator, Jessica Livingston: firstname.lastname@example.org
Although this is a volunteer program, there are costs associated with implementing and sustaining the program. Help us to build our village by making a donation!
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