Our Mission

“What is at stake is nothing less than the survival and well-being of a generation of innocents”
-António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Ithaca Welcomes Refugees is a volunteer led community initiative that fosters a welcoming and fair environment for refugees 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.

What We Do

  • Assist with apartment set up for newly arrived refugees
  • Assist local resettlement agencies (Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga) in orienting newly arrivals with federally mandated cultural orientation
  • Provide community activities and gatherings to hold a space of welcome for refugee families
  • Provide opportunities for community orientation through informal activities with local volunteers
  • Gather donations and provide basic needs supports for refugee families
  • Train and support volunteers
  • Provide education to the wider community on refugee issues