Global Roots Play School Clean Up Day – THANK YOU!

402 N. Aurora Street, Ithaca, NY 14850

Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 10am-2pm

Join us at Global Roots Play School for a fun time cleaning and prepping the classroom and play spaces!  We’re looking for a bunch of eager IWR folks to help make the space beautiful and welcoming for families. More hands will make it easy and all are welcome!

If you are interested in helping, email with your availability!

Event Recap:

Ithaca Welcomes Refugees and the staff of the Global Roots Play School would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the over 22 volunteers who gave their time and boundless energy this past Saturday, August 26, to clean up and organize the play school. We could not have done it without you!
What started out as a dusty classroom in desperate need of some serious elbow grease is now a warm, clean, and welcoming space for our first class of young learners. The backyard play area, which had gone a little too far back to nature for safe play, is now prepped for outdoor fun and fresh air.
Hundreds of books were sorted and stacked; toys of every type were cleaned and organized; cubbies, cabinets and the outdoor play sets were scrubbed; and hidden corners saw new light. The sheer amount of energy—and joy—from everyone who showed up reminded us of how lucky we are to live in Ithaca. We cannot wait for our fall session to start next week!
Clean Up Day
Clean Up Day
Clean Up Day

IWR Community Building Picnic

Stewart Park, Ithaca, NY, 14850

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 11am-2pm

IWR Community Building Picnic

Saturday, July 15th 11-2pm
Stewart Park Pavilion, 1 James L. Gibbs Drive, Ithaca NY
We are seeking to build an inclusive community that feels welcoming to everyone, including people from all backgrounds. Whether you have been here for decades or you just arrived recently, please join us to celebrate our diversity and appreciate what connects all of us.

There will be food, music, games, and carousel rides for all ages.

If you would like to bring a dish to pass, you may follow these guidelines:
Beverage – last name begins with A-D
Salads & Sides – last name begins with E-K
Main Course – last name begins with L-S
Dessert – last name begins with T-Z

There will also be delicious contributions from generous local favorites like Gimme! CoffeeEmmy’s OrganicsWide Awake BakeryBa-Li Cravings and Sahara Mediterranean Restaurant!

We will raise awareness of the mission of Ithaca Welcomes Refugees, recognize volunteers, and clarify specific ways to get involved and learn more about the organization.

Please RSVP on the Facebook and spread the word. This event is free and open to the public.

Thank you and we hope to see you there!


Indivisible Documentary

Cinemapolis 120 E. Green Street. Ithaca, New York 14850

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 7pm

Indivisible is an award-winning documentary about the fight to reunite families separated by deportation. Imagine growing up in the country you call home without legal status. Or not seeing your family for years because they were deported. Renata, Evelyn, and Antonio were young children when their parents brought them to the U.S. in search of a better life; they were teenagers when their families were deported. Today, they are known as Dreamers. Indivisible takes place at a pivotal moment in their lives, as they fight for a pathway to citizenship and a chance to be reunited with their loved ones. With the future of immigration reform uncertain, will they see their families again?

Indivisible premiered at Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, CA in March 2016 and has since played at 25 festivals, earning the following awards:
Best DocumentaryBoston International Film Festival
Best Documentary Kansas International Film Festival
Special Grand Jury Award for Inspirational FilmmakingArizona Int’l Film Festival
Best Social Issue DocumentaryAtlanta DocuFest

Indivisible will screen for the House of Representatives on July 14, 2017 and will have its English broadcast premiere in July 2017.

More information can be found here.

Share Our Table Dinner

Dewitt Park, Ithaca NY

Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 8-9:30 pm

Share our Table and meet your neighbors!  Come enjoy dinner and chat with local members of the Muslim community.  All are welcome to a community dinner (vegan options available) and dessert.  There is no cost, just the pleasure of your company.
Dinner will be served at 8:30 PM, this event is co-sponsored by The Tompkins County Tourism Program and MRC.

Citizens to Refugees: The Humans Caught in Syria’s Quagmire

First Presbyterian Church, 315 N. Cayuga Street, Dobbs Hall (Lower Level)

Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 3PM

Mural by Abu Malik al-Shami
​​Fellow, Society for the Humanities, Cornell University 2016-2017​
Associate Professor of Islamic World/Middle East History, Whitman College

Elyse Semerdjian has graciously offered to spend time with the Ithaca Welcomes Refugees community to share insight on the Syrian people, history, cultures, and customs through her eyes. Please join us for this unique learning opportunity!

8 Borders, 8 Days

Cinemapolis, 120 East Green Street, Ithaca, NY

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 7pm to 9pm

8 Borders 8 Days

A single mother from Syria shows us the consequences of closing America’s doors to families fleeing war. With no answer to her application for resettlement in the US, and every other path to safety closed off, a smuggler’s raft to Europe was the only way out. 8 Borders, 8 Days is their story; the intimate details of why a mother is willing to risk her children’s lives at sea and an immersive experience of their eight-day journey to safety.

Join Ithaca Welcomes Refugees for a screening of 8 Borders, 8 Days, followed by a panel discussion featuring the film director Amanda Bailley and Ithaca Alderperson Ducson Nguyen.

The film is 60 minutes long and is in Arabic with English subtitles. Admission is free, with a recommended donation of $10 to offset the cost of the event.

Learn more about the film at

Community Welcoming Team Training

Dodds Hall at the First Presbyterian Church

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 2PM - 4PM

The Community Welcoming Team is holding our “Community Welcoming Team Training” again! It will be held in Dodds Hall at the First Presbyterian Church. (If you come in through the small green door on Court St and down the stairs it is ahead on your left). This is a repeat of the large group training that we did in January at the First Presbyterian Church and the first step in working with the Community Welcoming Team. Please see below for other training requirements.

  • If you are interested in working with the Community Welcoming Team and did not attend the previously, please mark this training on your calendars!
  • For more information of what exactly the Community Welcoming Team’s roles are please see pages 18-20 of the Volunteer Packet.
Please also RSVP to to confirm your attendance (or to double check if you have/haven’t attended this training yet).

Training Requirements for Community Welcoming Team (CWT) members:

  1. All CWT volunteers: Community Welcoming Team Training ****THE MAY 13th TRAINING*** (Led by Training and Support)
  2. Conversational Interviews (Led by Training and Support-next round to be scheduled between May 15-26)
  3. Background checks for those who will have privileged information or specific access to refugee families (DMV check extra and necessary if you anticipate driving) (Through working group leaders)
  4. Cultural Orientation Group: Cultural Orientation Training (introductory and ongoing)
  5. Interpreters: Interpreter training

Gimme! Coffee Fundraiser for IWR and IRAP

Online and In Stores

Monday, March 20, 2017 - June 20, 2017: All Day, Every Day

Gimme! Coffee

Remember to support your local Gimme! Coffee! They are generously donating a dollar from every bag sold of their Rally Blend to Ithaca Welcomes Refugees and the International Refugee Assistance Project for the next 3 months! We are so grateful for their support of refugee resettlement locally and abroad, and encourage everyone to head to their nearest Gimme and stock up on their delicious Rally Blend!

Coffee Specifics:
Country: Ethiopia, Honduras
Variety: Heirloom, Typica, Catuai, Caturra
Direct Trade Relationship: 4-year relationship with the Capucas Cooperative; 3-year relationship with the Wottona Bultuma Cooperative

This Fair Trade Organic blend is mild and smooth, with a comforting milk chocolate base. Crowd-pleasing flavor makes this the perfect blend to kickstart any rally!

A Night of Extremely Vetted Comedy

The State Theater, 107 W State St, Ithaca, NY 14850

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 8PM

A Night of Extremely Vetted Comedy

A show to benefit Ithaca Welcomes Refugees and Southside Community Center Inc. at the State Theater of Ithaca

Event Details: Ithaca Welcomes Refugees and Southside Community Center present an evening of Extremely Vetted Comedy for your enjoyment! We’re thrilled to have the amazing Eman Morgan as our headliner for the evening. He’ll be joined by 4 other talented stand-up comedians for a night of laughter and fun, all while supporting two wonderful community organizations.

ALL net proceeds from the event will go to Ithaca Welcomes Refugees (IWR) and Southside Community Center Inc.

Both organizations provide vital services and support to so many people in our community– and now we all have a chance to support them in return!


How can you or your organization be involved?
By purchasing a ticket block!

What’s a ticket block?
A ticket block is 10 tickets to the comedy show, for $220.

Can I buy more than one ticket block?
Absolutely! If you’d like to buy 5, 8 or 10 blocks and distribute 50, 80 or 100 tickets to your employees/students or family and friends, we’d be delighted! You can also make a tax-deductible donation of ticket blocks and donate the tickets to our community pool of tickets (these tickets will be distributed to members of our community in order to make the show accessible for all more information below).

How can I purchase tickets?
Easy! Tickets can be purchased at the State Theater box office, or online at the State Theater’s website. Be sure to choose the ticket block option!

What if I want to contribute to the cause, but would rather donate the tickets?
If you’d like to purchase a ticket block and donate the tickets, they will go towards our community pool of tickets (these tickets will be distributed to members of our community in order to make the show accessible for all).

The easiest way to do this is to mail a check to IWR for the amount of your block(s). Checks can be made out to “Ithaca Welcomes Refugees” – just be sure to put “Extremely Vetted Comedy” in the memo line! Checks can be mailed to 315 N. Cayuga Street Ithaca, NY 14850.

If I donate the tickets, is that donation tax deductible?
Yes! We’ll mail you a thank you letter that you can use for tax purposes. Please be sure to include your name and address with your check!

How will my business/organization be recognized for being a sponsor?
We will have all sponsors names up in the lobby the night of the show, as well as having a list on our Facebook page. You’ll also have our undying gratitude!

I still have so many questions. Who should I ask?
No problem! Send any ticket and event questions to Rachel at, and she’ll get you taken care of.


Screening of After Spring

Cinemapolis 120 E Green St, Ithaca, New York 14850

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 7 PM - 9 PM

Please join us on April 25th in Ithaca, NY as Peace Pins 14850 hosts a screening of After Spring, a new documentary executive produced by Jon Stewart about the Syrian refugee crisis.

Screening starts at 7:00 pm at Cinemapolis.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here:

Watch the trailer

About the film:
As the Syrian conflict enters its seventh year, millions of people continue to be displaced. After Spring is the story of what happens next. By following two refugee families in transition and an aid worker fighting to keep the camp running, viewers will experience what it is like to live in Zaatari, the largest camp for Syrian refugees. With no end in sight for the conflict or this refugee crisis, everyone must decide whether or not they can rebuild their lives in a place that was never meant to be permanent. Executive Produced by Jon Stewart.