ADVOCATING ON BEHALF OF REFUGEES
HHR has created an advocacy toolkit for urging lawmakers to increase refugee admissions, to protect the SIV program (which admits individuals from Iraq and Afghanistan whose lives are in danger because they helped the U.S. military and other American organizations), and to ensure a just immigration process for asylum seekers.
The toolkit includes an explanation of the issues, messages for postcards to lawmakers, and a petition. We encourage you to gather a group of friends or like-minded individuals and join us in our advocacy!
If you are based in Westchester, we may even be able to provide you with postcards (you provide the stamps!) Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to find out more.
SUPPORTING OUR PARTNERS
HHR has practiced and promotes the invaluable practice of networking with numerous and remarkably effective partners. Working together has proven time and again that we are stronger together and our work on behalf of refugees has greater reach and impact when we collaborate and reach out. For more on our partners and organizations whose focus and reach align or compliment the mission of HHR.
Westchester County Resettlement Groups
The following volunteer groups welcome refugees and resettle them here in Westchester County.
Their work is underway and most have been fortunate to receive resettlement cases as co-sponsors with Catholic Charities and HIAS. To find a group in your community, contact: email@example.com.
The shrinking number of refugee being admitted has left many groups without a family to welcome. Those organizations have instead signed on to join Helping Hands for Refugees.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you or your organization are interested in learning more.
Hearts and Homes for Refugees (HHR)
HHR is a non-profit humanitarian organization based in Pelham, NY. Our mission is to work with U.S. resettlement agencies to welcome, protect and advocate for new families. It is also our mission to inspire, educate and motivate others to do the same.
To find out how you can volunteer and be part of the Westchester Refugee Initiative, contact email@example.com.
Facebook Hearts and Homes for Refugees
Hearts and Homes for Refugees Website
Neighbors for Refugees
Neighbors for Refugees is a grassroots humanitarian group based out of Larchmont/Mamaroneck, NY. Westchester County, NY. Its mission is to welcome, protect, and advocate for refugees in local communities here and abroad. NFR welcomes all residents of Westchester County to its events. Check FB page for updates.
PART One (Pleasantville Armonk Resettlement Team)
PART One is affiliated with Pleasantville Community Synagogue, Congregation B’nai Yisrael in Armonk, and Westchester Jewish Community Services. It is assisted by a larger group of faith communities and civic groups in northern Westchester. PART One has partnered with Catholic Charities to co-sponsor a Syrian refugee family in northern Westchester. For more information and to volunteer contact info@PARTOne.us
Rivertown 4 Refugees
ICNA (Interfaith Council for New Americans)
Northern Westchester Interfaith Coalition
White Plains-Scarsdale Refugee Resettlement Group
Jewish Community Center Harrison
Westchester Reform Temple
Northwest Yonkers Neighbors for Refugees
Refugee Support Agencies and Organizations
Catholic Charities Community Service (CCCS)
Catholic Charities Community Service is one of the nine government-approved resettlement agencies in the United States. CCCS office in Yonkers is a valuable partner of local resettlement groups and HHR'sHelping Hands for Refugees program.
CCCS website: http://catholiccharitiesny.org/
CCCS Volunteer page: http://www.catholiccharitiesnyvolunteer.org/
HIAS is one of nine state department approved Resettlement Agencies. In 2017, HIAS opened an office in White Plains, and has partnered with eight host organizations in resettling refugees. HIAS has been a leader in defending the Refugee Program and advocating for refugees. For more about HIAS and opportunities to support their work please visit their website.
HIAS website: https://www.hias.org/
Facebook: Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
American Muslim Women's Association (AMWA)
AMWA has been a partner to various co-sponsor and host organizations in Westchester County and 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. CONTACT: Fozia Khan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family to Family - Donate a Monthly Gift Card for Groceries
Westchester County-based Family to Family's Refugee Sponsorship Program helps families and individuals that have arrived throughout the U.S. seeking asylum. As they rebuild their lives, start jobs and enroll in school, your sponsorship will provide the family with a week’s worth of groceries each month. Contact Pam Kroner at Family to Family.
Greater NYC Families for Syria, (GNYC4Syria)
GNYC4Syria remarkably developed from a single Facebook post into a volunteer group of over 2,500 people from the tri-state area. On their Facebook page, GNYC4Syria identifies and shares meaningful volunteer opportunities in support of local refugees as well as the global refugee crisis. Join their Facebook page devoted to aiding refugees through social media outreach. Contact: Amber Lewis, GreaterNYCForSyria@gmail.com, Tel. 847.274.5017, GNYC4S: https://www.facebook.com/groups/GNYC4Syria/ Facebook: Greater NYC Families for Syria
Hello Neighbor is a Pittsburgh based mentorship program that matches neighbors with refugee families. Visit the site for more information about starting a Hello Neighbor program in your community. Our Booster Program is modeled on Hello Neighbor.
Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (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 works in New Haven and over forty other communities throughout Connecticut. IRIS also promotes its 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 hometowns.
Volunteers and organizations in Westchester County are working with IRIS and their refugees in meaningful ways. Learn more about their programs and how you and your faith group, neighbors, family or civic/social groups can get involved with support of a family or an IRIS program. Contact: Ann O'Brien, Director of Community Engagement email@example.com
NuDay Syria is a New England-based organization that provides aid to displaced Syrians abroad, with special regard for Syrian women and girls amidst the crisis. Communities that partner with them hold local donation drives for goods which are sent to Syria in on container ships.
In October, 2017, Hearts and Homes for Refugees collected urgently needed supplies for the Syrian people. Thanks to generous neighbors, 25,000 lbs of goods were collected, sorted and packed for delivery to an awaiting container in New Hampshire. The donations collected throughout New England were shipped with the aid NuDay Syria whose 'boots on the ground' in Syria provide access and appropriate distribution in this war-torn country. The container arrived in Turkey and made the final leg of the trip into northern Syria where donations were distributed to displaced Syrians in refugees in camps and hospitals.
In addition to Container Drives, NuDay Syria provides education and other on-site services in Syria. Learn more about ways to support their overseas efforts. NuDay Syria Website: http://www.nudaysyria.net/home.html . On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NudaySyria/
If you are interested in conducting a container drive in your community contact NuDay Syria and feel free to borrow from HHR's planning and execution manual Pelham to Syria Winter Donations. For more on our story, read here: HHR/NuDay Syria Winter Donations Drive.
The United States has an aid system in need of aid! Our current institutions can't keep up with the rapidly increasing demand for people displaced by conflict and climate change. NeedsList addresses the need for 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@needslist4good, +33 6 68 87 47 06,
Sarah Lawrence College
Sarah Lawrence College & the Office of Community Partnerships SLC's curriculum, campus activities, students and professors explore the worldwide refugee crisis and the humanitarian efforts to address solutions both locally and abroad.
Save the Syrian Children
Students for Refugees (SFR)
SFR is a network of 20 schools in Westchester County, (and growing) that has been the dynamic force for tapping into students’ uncanny ability to bring about change. Their three main projects are: Resettlement, Advocacy and Education, and a large fundraising campaign to establish a refugee school in Jordan. SFR provides American students with a direct path to deliver aid in this humanitarian crisis. SFR hopes to add new student members and to build more chapters in high schools. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
VFAI is a nonpartisan group of veterans who share the belief that America is strongest when its policies and actions match its ideals.
We dedicated our lives to our country as citizen-soldiers, and we believe that honor, courage, commitment, duty, and country are not just words, but values worth defending. After taking off the uniform, we seek to continue serving our country by advocating for policies that are consistent with the ideals that motivated us to serve in the first place. Our current campaigns are focused on saving the Special Immigrant Visa program for interpreters and translators who served with the U.S. military, protecting refugees, and countering Islamophobia.
Email: Reed Bonadanna email@example.com
Welcome Home is a volunteer group in Jersey City, NJ that partners with their local resettlement agency, Church World Service to support arriving refugees. If you live in the area and have time or donations to offer, contact Welcome Home or go to Church World Service http://cwsjerseycity.org/get-involved/.
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