For the past five years, Denver Pres has focused its formal, local missions engagement and partnerships on the refugee community. To be a positive presence in our city and provide easy ways for our church community to serve, Denver Pres partners with Project Worthmore, a local nonprofit that helps guide refugees on the path to self-sufficiency.
In addition to partnering with Project Worthmore, Denver Pres has connections with several other local refugee organizations. Below are ways that you can support this community.
HERE ARE ways you can support the refugee community:
1) Monthly Coat Donations
2) Follow and attend events
3) Engage with organizations in other ways
1. MONTHLY COAT DONATIONS
Many refugees come to Denver from warm climates and with few belongings. Help our neighbors prepare for winter by providing a practical need.
Drop off gently used (and laundered) or new coats of all sizes and for all ages in the lobby of Smiley Middle School (2540 Holly St, Denver) from 10am-11:30am.
Coats will be collected on:
- October 29
- November 26
- December 17
- January 28
- February 25
- March 25
2. FOLLOW AND ATTEND EVENTS
Many organizations are leading events that celebrate and support the refugee community. To stay up-to-date with events happening in the refugee community, follow this Facebook page that's being managed by a cohort of refugee agencies: https://www.facebook.com/COWelcomesRefugees/
3. SUPPORT REFUGEE ORGANIZATIONS WITH YOUR TIME AND RESOURCES
- Monthly donations to Project Worthmore
- One of Project Worthmore's biggest ongoing needs is to increase monthly financial donations.
- To make a donation: projectworthmore.org/donate/
- Amazon Smile
- When you use Amazon Smile to make your routine Amazon purchases, Amazon donates 0.5% of the amount of eligible purchases toward Project Worthmore for no additional cost to the buyer.
- Here’s how:
- Start at smile.amazon.com (you must start here to be able to support a non-profit)
- Type in "Project Worthmore" in the “Pick Your Own Charity” box
- Select Project Worthmore
- Volunteer at the DeLaney Community Farm - August through October
- Project Worthmore has partnered with Denver Urban Gardens to obtain a 5-acre training farm in Aurora that provides refugees access to farming, healthful food, and community.
- Individual Volunteers: Tuesdays - Thursdays, 9am to noon
- Group Volunteers: Wednesdays & Thursdays, 9am to noon
- To learn more about the farm: projectworthmore.org/programs/delaneyfarm/
- If interested, contact Sue Eberling, email@example.com
- Day-Time English Class and Babysitting Volunteers
- Day-time classes run Monday-Friday, morning to afternoon.
- If interested, email volunteer coordinator, Sue Eberling, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Help at Project Worthmore's Art Show & Fundraiser Event, September 22nd
- Volunteer at the event or for errands/tasks leading up to the event.
- If interested, contact events volunteer coordinator, Gretchen Reichmuth, email@example.com
- Collect items for Project Worthmore's Welcome Basket pantry
- Collect as groups or as individuals
- Our Welcome Basket list is attached
Street Fraternity is a place of brotherhood and personal growth for urban young men. Their mission is to create a consistently safe space and place for refugee, immigrant, and local urban young men to build community, trust, relationships, and a sense of belonging as they work toward acculturating to the values and beliefs of the United States and their own coming-of-age issues. Street Fraternity provides a safe place where they can be themselves, connect with other young men and male mentors, and share their stories about the tragedies they and their families have experienced in their countries of origin.
- Hang Out
- Volunteer once a week to mentor, help with homework or job applications, or just be available to the young men.
- Street Fraternity is open Monday-Thursday, 4-9pm.
- Donate online to help Street Fraternity continue to create a welcoming and safe space for young men from refugee and immigrant families. Street Fraternity heavily relies on general operating dollars from private donors. General operating donations allow Street Fraternity to work toward their mission and assists them with things like rent, food, insurance, internet, and maintenance/equipment, and salary for one paid staff.
- Prepare or serve a meal in the evening.
- Buy, prepare, or cook meals at Street Fraternity any time between 4-6pm (or after if those times don't work).
- Share your expertise by joining the Street Fraternity board or a committee.
Want to get involved? Email Yoal Ghebremeskel, firstname.lastname@example.org