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How Can You Help Refugees and Immigrants in Philadelphia


For those who are wondering how they can help refugees and immigrants here in Philadelphia, and HIAS Pennsylvania in particular, some suggestions:


DONATE/FUNDRAISE -- Donate, or fundraise in your community or online, to support refugee resettlement. Many of our programs, including Refugee Resettlement, CItizenship, Asylee Outreach, and many of our Legal programs, are almost entirely federally-funded,  we are concerned about being able to keeping our programs open. Donate here, or contact our Development Director Daniella Scruggs at if you want to set up a fundraiser.


FUNDRAISE BY SELLING BUTTONS AND SIGNS -- You can hold a fundraiser selling Refugee Love Buttons or #RefugeeWelcome Yard Signs. Contact Community Engagement Specialist Dana Duncombe for details,

ADVOCATE – Call, visit, or write to your elected officials at the local, state, and federal levels, including the President, and urge them to oppose this draconian ban on immigrants and refugees. You could even host an advocacy party! If you need ideas here are some great toolkits provided by our partners:

  • Fill out HIAS Inc.'s prewritten letter and tell Trump and Congress to reopen US doors to refugees
  • Fight Pennsylvania State legislation against Immigrants and Refugees with the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition #StoptheHate toolkit 
  • Meet with a member of congress in support of refugees and immigrants using the #WeAreAllAmerica toolkit put together by a coalition of refugee support groups
  • Fill out ADL's prewritten letters to Trump and Congress to #Standup for refugees and immigrants

HIRE a refugee or immigrant in your company, and urge employers you patronize to do so. Early employment is an essential part of refugee self-sufficiency and acculturation. Potential employers can contact our Employment Specialist Gin Sum



If you are interested in volunteering your time, there are several ways that our current refugees could use more direct support. Sign up here.

  • Accompany refugees on appointments (via SEPTA) during the week, especially in the afternoons
  • Become a neighborhood guide in the Northeast or South Philly, showing refugees their new community resources and helping them to learn their new culture.
  • Offer one-on-one ESL classes (training available)
  • Provide childcare during Tues/Thurs morning ESL classes or be on-call for employment workshops (so both parents can attend).
  • Become a Job Search Mentor. Help refugees develop resumes, job search strategies, interview prep, and more.

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