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Community & Partner Organizations

American Muslim Women's Association (AMWA)

AMWA is devoted to understanding Islam and the status of women within the religion. AMWA’s mission is to promote the values of Islam and increase community awareness by organizing various educational, social and intellectual forums in New York, as well as serve the community by mitigating domestic violence and organizing awareness programs. AMWA has been a partner to various co-sponsor and host organizations in Westchester County.

CONTACT: Fozia Khan  


Family to Family

Greater NYC Families for Syria, (GNYC4Syria)

GNYC4Syria remarkably developed from a single Facebook post that turned into a volunteer group of over 2,200 people from the tri-state area who support refugees here and abroad. To learn more about their meaningful volunteer opportunties in support of local refugees as well as the global refugee crisis, we strongly recommend that you join their database of people devoted to aiding refugees on Facebook and volunteer with the organization. 

Contact: Amber Lewis


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IRIS - Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services

IRIS helps refugees and other displaced people establish new lives, regain hope, and contribute to the vitality of Connecticut's communities.  IRIS accomplishes this in New Haven and 40+ communities throughout Connecticut.  IRIS also promotes it's community co-sponsorship model beyond Connecticut in hopes that many more communities will have the joy of personally welcoming and working with refugees in their home towns.  
Contact:  Ann O'Brien, Director of Community Engagement

Needs List

Discover Direct Ways to Help Refugees and Displaced People. Needs List
We have an aid system in need of aid. Our current institutions can't keep up with the rapidly increasing demand of people displaced by conflict and climate change.  NeedsList addresses the need for massive innovation in the humanitarian sector with a marketplace connecting local NGOs with individual and corporate donors.  NGOs in the field can list itemized needs for goods, services, or donations in real time.  Donors can immediately meet needs by purchasing directly from local suppliers on NeedsList, donating funds, and completing tasks.
Contact: Natasha Friedus 
+33 6 68 87 47 06
+1 (206) 201-2688
Skype: tashafr

Read about NeedsList in  Forbes and the Philadelphia Inquirer
Meet this week's urgent needs here. 
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WINNER: Village Capital / Ben Franklin Technology Partners Fintech Accelerator
Needs List

NuDay Syria

NuDay Syria is a New England-based organization that provides aid to displaced Syrians abroad, with special regards given towards aiding Syrian women and girls amidst the crisis. Communities that choose to partner with them hold local donation drives for goods which are sent to (and actually arrive in) Syria in large containers. Our partners in resettlement, GNYC4S and Neighbors for Refugees, have held NuDay Syria donation drives in Westchester County.

For more information on how your community can conduct a donations drive and fill a container, and for images from past drives and to learn more about visit:

NuDay Syria Website: 

Sarah Lawrence College

Mara Gross, Director, Office of Community Partnerships


Janet Reilly, Director of Refugee Initiatives, 


Students for Refugees (SFR)

SFR is a network of 20 schools (and growing) that has been the dynamic force for tapping into students’ uncanny ability to enact change. Through their three main projects of: Resettlement, Advocacy and Education, and a large fundraising effort to establish a refugee school in Jordan, SFR provides students with a direct path to aid in this humanitarian crisis.  SFR is looking to add new student members and to build more chapters in area high schools.



Westchester Refugee Task Force (WRTF)

Westchester Refugee Task Force has been educating, informing,  and connecting individuals and communities in support of welcoming refugees. Over 30 different civic and interfaith groups are signers of WRTF's mission statement. Currently WRTF is focusing on Advocacy efforts on behalf of refugees.  Please contact them for more information about how to get involved in this most timely and crucial work.

CONTACT: Mary Refling.

Facebook page: Westchester Refugee Task Force

Westchester County Co-Sponsor & Host Organizations

Neighbors For Refugees (NFR)  

Neighbors for Refugees is a grassroots humanitarian group located in Westchester County, NY. Our mission is to welcome, protect, and advocate for refugees in our community and abroad. 

Pleasantville Armonk Resettlement Team (PART One)

PART One is affiliated with Pleasantville Community Synagogue, Congregation B’nai Yisrael in Armonk, and Westchester Jewish Community Services and is assisted by a larger group of faith communities and civic groups in northern Westchester. PART One is a community group that has partnered with Catholic Charities to “co-sponsor” resettlement of a refugee family in northern Westchester.

For more information and to volunteer contact  

Hearts and Homes for Refugees (HHR)

HHR is a non-profit humanitarian organization whose mission is to support the U.S. State Department approved agencies to welcome, protect and advocate for refugees. We are working with others to inspire, educate and motivate their communities to do the same.  

For more information, contact