Welcoming America

Ithaca Welcomes Refugees is a volunteer led community initiative that fosters a welcoming and fair environment for refugees and immigrants who come to our region. Our hope is that these efforts will continue the development of Ithaca as a welcoming host community in times of great global need. Ithaca Welcomes Refugees is a proud member of Welcoming America.


Join us to support Year 3 of Global Roots!

Help us raise critical funds to support children and families at Global Roots Play School, our key response project that enables refugee and immigrant parents to attend English as Second Language (ESL) classes while their children receive safe and nurturing early childhood education nearby. Our school provides an enriching and supportive space for young ones of diverse backgrounds at an accessible low-cost. Through your contributions, you help us raise critical scholarship funds to support low income families who would not otherwise access childcare. Click here [bit.ly/Year3GG] to be part of Year 3!


We are Hiring!

IWR is actively looking to fill a paid position for Strategic Planning Lead. This is an exciting position that will require strategizing, outreach, and coordination with a wide variety of entities. Read more here regarding the position details and application process.


Thank You

Key Initiative

Global Roots Play School (GRPS) is an initiative of IWR and helps refugee and immigrant families by providing affordable, accessible childcare to parents eager to learn English. Learn more about GRPS here.