Opening Doors for New Americans since 1882
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 email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
A GIFT FOR A CLIENT. Get a list of specific client needs from us and provide what you wish from that list. This might include winter shoes or clothes, a SEPTA pass, school uniforms, a laptop, or whatever they need that you want to provide. Contact Community Engagement Specialist Dana Duncombe for details, email@example.com.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
VOLUNTEER WITH HIAS PENNSYLVANIA'S REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT PROGRAM
If you are interested in volunteering your time, there are several ways that our current refugees could use more direct support. Sign up here.