Current Needs

Support the launch of Global Roots Play School!

Support parents who are eager to learn English by offering affordable, accessible childcare in a warm community at the newly launched play school.

How can you help?

  1. Donate to our GiveGab campaign and spread the word!
  2. Join us in getting the classroom and play spaces ready on August 26th!
  3. Help us complete our space with the following items! 
    • Small, family-friendly couch in good shape for welcoming parents and children
    • Solid baby changing table

Please contact resettlement@ithacawelcomesrefugees.org to donate an item.


Resettlement Needs
  • High quality headphones with microphone
  • Bike locks

Please contact resettlement@ithacawelcomesrefugees.org to donate an item.


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 above roles, please contact ithacawelcomesrefugees@gmail.com, naming the role in the subject line.  Thanks for your interest and commitment to IWR’s mission!***