Current Needs

Family Needs

We are currently in need of the following items for refugee families.  Please contact our Resettlement Support Team at resettlement@ithacawelcomesrefugees.org if you have any of the following items that you would like to donate.  Unless specified, items can be used.

  • IMMEDIATE NEED: Bicycle locks

Help Needed Planning Burmese Food Business
The Burmese refugee community is looking to start a food business selling their amazing dishes, which could be described as a mix of Thai and Indian food. As you know, refugees come here with nothing, so they will need some help getting off the ground. We’re looking for someone to help with the business-planning aspects of this small food business. The Burmese are great cooks and hard workers, but will need some guidance! If anyone could be of help in any way, please let Annelise (lise427@gmail.com) or Donna at (607) 277-9557 know!

***If you feel your background and experience would make you a good fit for one of the below roles, please contact ithacawelcomesrefugees@gmail.com, naming the role in the subject line.  Thanks for your interest and commitment to IWR’s mission!***


Development Leader

IWR is seeking a volunteer to serve on the Board as Development Leader. The Development Leader will guide the IWR fundraising strategy, plan mail and web campaigns, ensure the effectiveness of fundraising events, and handle grant research and development for programs.  The volunteer should have significant professional or volunteer experience with successful fundraising campaigns, activities, and/or grant proposals.  

Interpretation Trainer

IWR is seeking a volunteer with significant interpretation experience or training to serve as Interpreter Trainer. The role involves reviewing basic interpretation skills with new interpretation volunteers, responding to questions, and assessing the readiness of each volunteer for direct service with refugee families.

Event Coordinator

IWR is seeking a volunteer to lead and coordinate a upcoming late summer/fall event in collaboration with the refugee farming program of the Groundswell Center for Food and Farming.  The Coordinator will partner with Groundswell to plan the event, guide event volunteers, and identify contributors for event activities.

Events Publicity Coordinator

IWR is seeking a volunteer to focus on advertising needs for IWR events and to identify target audiences; collaborate with key members of the Events Team and Digital Communications Team on publicity; and maintain master list of advertising locations and options.  Experience with a wide range of print and digital advertising is a plus!

***If you feel your background and experience would make you a good fit for one of the below roles, please contact ithacawelcomesrefugees@gmail.com, naming the role in the subject line.  Thanks for your interest and commitment to IWR’s mission!***