Asylum Seeker Assistance Project (ASAP) is now recruiting volunteers to call 3 clients at least once a week for the next 4 weeks to offer reassurance as a “friendly neighbor.” Call just to check-in, share recipes, offer homeschooling resources or host a virtual dinner party. Volunteers do not need to be bilingual although we can match according to language skills. Sign Up Here.
Become a Virtual Job Coach: Every day brings new challenges with the COVID-19 virus and all the uncertainty it is causing in the global economy and our own personal lives. Upwardly Global is seeking volunteers to help with resume/cover letter building and interview/networking skills to advance the professional ambitions of their job seekers and help build a more inclusive economy. Sign up here.
Hope Can’t Be Quarantined. LIRS is launching this campaign in which they’re asking people to write letters to asylum seekers in detention amidst the COVID-19 crisis. This is an opportunity to reach out to those in detention with a word of hope, breaking through their isolation to let them know they are not forgotten. Click here for more info.
CWS has developed a Community Sponsor Tool Kit to help volunteers remain active and engaged with refugees, albeit remotely during the COVID pandemic. The toolkit also contains educational resources for community sponsors on refugee-related issues. You can access it here
A letter from EMM’s Grassroots E-Newsletter, April 23, 2020:
When I last wrote to you, we were preparing to enter a unique and very different Holy Week and Easter Weekend. We prayed together, worshiped together, lamented and celebrated together, all while apart. We’re all learning what it means to be Church, to be human, and to be helpers in this challenging time.
Today, I’m happy to share with you a new EMM initiative that offers an important way you can be a helper at this time: Connecting Neighbors. Connecting Neighbors allows individuals and congregations to fill the gap and directly support refugee families resettled by EMM.
EMM’s network of 13 refugee resettlement affiliates continue to serve newly resettled refugee families and in very difficult circumstances. Several needs top the list right now:
Material goods to support refugee families. Items are detailed on Amazon WishLists.
Digital devices. Most importantly, affiliates need donations of gently-used digital devices – tablets, smartphones, laptops – so they can continue providing services and support to refugee families.
If you’re like me, you’ve been living in the tension of caring for your own and your family’s needs while not forgetting about our newest American neighbors, wondering what you can do from home that would make a real impact. Thanks to my colleagues at EMM, I realized the answer was right in front of me: that old iPhone in my desk drawer… my husband’s old laptop in the closet.
We look forward to hearing from you and helping you direct your donations to affiliates and refugee families in the greatest need of connection and support. Simply fill out this form to let us know what you’re able to donate, and I will personally be in touch with you to make arrangements.
Allison Duvall Manager for Church Relations and Engagement