How to Help
Often after hearing or reading a refugee story, our readers ask us the question - "What Can I Do?"
While not everyone has the ability to volunteer near a conflict, there are opportunities for every person to contribute in a way that is meaningful and possible to them.
We have compiled a list of trusted partners and agencies that serve refugees, as well as other ways to get involved.
Sponsor groups welcome refugee newcomers by securing and preparing initial housing, greeting refugee newcomers at the airport, enrolling children in school, and helping adults to find employment.
LIFTING HANDS INTERNATIONAL
They provide aid to refugees on the ground, meeting the most vital and immediate needs. With minimal overhead and an army of volunteers, they fill gaps and rapidly adapt to conditions on the ground.
Airbnb offers free short term housing to refugees in crises. Donate to a stay or host a stay in your home or property.
MILES FOR MIGRANTS
Donate airline miles, credit card points, or travel vouchers to help fund air transportation for refugees.
OTHER WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
There are many ways to help that don’t involve a lot of time or a lot of money. More than anything refugees need people willing to reach out in friendship, a welcome, and a path to integrate into their new home. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Be a sincere friend
Reach out to people on the periphery
Take a stand against intolerance
Promote compassion and understanding
Make a visit
Get to know firsthand what is really needed; don’t assume
Volunteer to teach a language
Learn about the food, holidays and traditions of others
Share a meal
Celebrate a holiday together
Invite someone to join your family night
Teach a new skill
Learn a new skill
Exchange ideas and experiences
Highlight strengths in other cultures
Learn kids’ names
Learn a sport
Teach a sport
Offer employment to someone unexpected
Extend an invitation to a cultural event
Offer to babysit
Give a ride
Practice interviewing for a job
Help children study
Be a mentor
Their Story is Our Story aims to change the perception of refugees worldwide. We urge local citizens to create communities where newcomers feel supported and safe by contacting your elected officials to express support for refugee resettlement, to volunteer, or donate in-kind or funds.