World Refugee Day, June 20th
Jun
20
12:00am12:00am

World Refugee Day, June 20th

Join us for World Refugee Day!

On Tuesday, June 20th, we want our Canopy community to join voices with millions worldwide in advocating for refugees.

We need your help!

The proposed budget makes cuts to the funding that refugee resettlement agencies receive, as well as funding that helps refugees abroad.

We are encouraging everyone to CALL our elected officials to let them know that our community stands FOR welcome and stands WITH refugees. Let them know about our amazing community that has opened their arms and welcomed refugees home. Encourage them to stand for what is good and for what is right. 

Consider making a $5 donation. 100 people giving $5 will ensure that a refugee family in Northwest Arkansas has a roof over their head for 1 month. What if we raised enough money to give them a roof over their head for 3 months or 6 months?

Share our video and Facebook page with your friends!

YOUR voice matters. OUR voice matters. TOGETHER we can make a difference. Together we can send a message that Northwest Arkansas welcomes refugees home.

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Co-Sponsor Training
Apr
29
9:00am 9:00am

Co-Sponsor Training

Co-Sponsor Training

If you are registered as a co-sponsor, this is the first step of the process.  If you are not yet registered as a co-sponsor, please register before attending.

We will be holding our next training session

April 29, 2017

9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Location TBD

We will hold co-sponsor trainings once a quarter and we will be requiring all core co-sponsoring team members (minimum of 8 people) to complete the training before we can assign you a family. 

If some or all of your team are unable to make this training, let us know. We may be able to set up a few make-up sessions, since this is our first go-around, or you might be able to attend our January training instead. We will likely only resettle 3-4 families at the most in this first quarter, anyway, so not all teams need to attend this first session.

Between now and then, we have some homework for you to do:  

1.  Meet all together as a team, if you have not done so already, and designate a team leader. This point person will be our main line of communication with your team.

2.  Begin discussing how your group wants to divide up the following required activities: furnishing the apartment, buying groceries, driving refugees to appointments, practicing English with the refugees, conducting cultural orientation and hosting the refugees for meals/events. We will go over all these in detail at the training, but for now, it would be helpful for you to start discussing internally how you will divide these tasks up.

3.  Have your team leader sign up for the training on our Volunteer Website by April 1st, Please let us know the names of all those who will be attending and the name of your co-sponsoring organization. Canopy will provide lunch and refreshments as part of the training, so we need to know accurate numbers. 

4.  Begin fundraising. We put in place a requirement (after we recruited all of you) that all co-sponsoring teams commit to fundraising $1,100 for Canopy to assist with the resettlement costs. Because this was not in place when y’all committed, it’s not required of you. However, it would certainly be helpful to us if you would be able to help us with fundraising. This will give you something tangible to work on as a team even now before refugees begin arriving.

Learn more about fundraising at http://www.canopynwa.org/fundraising

And there you have it! We made up for our long silence by suddenly inundating you with information all at once.  Thank you for joining with us in welcoming and empowering our world's most vulnerable. 

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Mock Refugee Camp
Apr
23
12:00pm12:00pm

Mock Refugee Camp

  • The Garden on the University of Arkansas campus (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Students for Refugees and Canopy NWA are teaming up to create a hands-on event simulating the experiences and challenges faced by refugees worldwide. The event is open to the community, and we will have student and local organizations teaching about refugee hardships and the effects and consequences resulting from the struggles. Canopy NWA will be present to provide information on local resettlement.

This is a community wide and kid-friendly event. Once you exit the camp, come talk with Canopy or Students for Refugees and find out how you can help. We will also be selling our newly designed Canopy shirts!

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Advocacy Training
Apr
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

Advocacy Training

Canopy will begin a two session Advocacy training on Monday night, April 10th. If you have created a profile in our Better Impact database, have completed a background check and PSEA training, then you are qualified to sign-up for this event through Better Impact here: https://app.betterimpact.com/Login/Volunteer

We are looking to form a group of 20 volunteer advocates to help us counter misinformation and speak up for refugees in our community. If that sounds like something you'd like to do, we invite you to join us for this two-part advocacy training series. In Part One, we will equip you with all the facts you need to know about refugee resettlement: who refugees are, how they get here, what happens to them once they are here and how refugees contribute to our country. In Part Two, we will teach you how to reach different audiences with your message, how to respond to opposition and how to maximize your influence.

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Canopy NWA Town Hall (Benton County)
Feb
23
7:00pm 7:00pm

Canopy NWA Town Hall (Benton County)

  • Bentonville Church of the Nazarene (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We are inviting you to

Canopy NWA Meet & Greet

(Benton County)

Thursday, February 23rd, 7pm to 8:30pm

Bentonville Church of the Nazarene
220 NW A St, Bentonville, Arkansas 72712

We know our community has a lot of questions.  We do as well.  However, we believe that the only way to create positive change is to do so as a community.  

We will give everyone an update that covers...

  • Known impact to current families en-route to NW Arkansas.
  • Expected impact to future families.
  • Update on Elected Officials actions and the implications of their public statements.
  • Key Initiatives to respond to Executive Actions.
  • Special guests who will share their stories of coming to America & Refugee support.
  • Time for Q&A
  • Opportunity to meet with your community

See you Thursday!

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Canopy NWA Town Hall
Feb
2
7:00pm 7:00pm

Canopy NWA Town Hall

In response to President Trump's Executive Order, we are inviting you to

Canopy NWA Town Hall Meeting

Thursday, February 2nd, 7pm to 8:30pm

Grace Church, 2828 North Crossover, Fayetteville, AR

We know our community has a lot of questions.  We do as well.  However, we believe that the only way to create positive change is to do so as a community.  

We will give everyone an update that covers...

  • Known impact to current families en-route to NW Arkansas.
  • Expected impact to future families.
  • Update on Elected Officials actions and the implications of their public statements.
  • Key Initiatives to respond to Executive Actions.
  • Special guests who will share their stories of coming to America & Refugee support.
  • Time for Q&A
  • Opportunity to meet with your community

See you Thursday!

 

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Co-Sponsor Training
Jan
21
9:00am 9:00am

Co-Sponsor Training

Co-Sponsor Training

If you are registered as a co-sponsor, this is the first step of the process.  If you are not yet registered as a co-sponsor, please register before attending.

 

We will be holding our next training session

January 21, 2017

9:00 am to 2:30 pm

Location TBD

We will hold co-sponsor trainings once a quarter and we will be requiring all core co-sponsoring team members (minimum of 8 people) to complete the training before we can assign you a family. 

If some or all of your team are unable to make this training, let us know. We may be able to set up a few make-up sessions, since this is our first go-around, or you might be able to attend our January training instead. We will likely only resettle 3-4 families at the most in this first quarter, anyway, so not all teams need to attend this first session.

Between now and then, we have some homework for you to do:  

1.  Meet all together as a team, if you have not done so already, and designate a team leader. This point person will be our main line of communication with your team.

2.  Begin discussing how your group wants to divide up the following required activities: furnishing the apartment, buying groceries, driving refugees to appointments, practicing English with the refugees, conducting cultural orientation and hosting the refugees for meals/events. We will go over all these in detail at the training, but for now, it would be helpful for you to start discussing internally how you will divide these tasks up.

3.  Have your team leader RSVP to Emily.linn@canopynwa.org about the training by January 1st, Please let us know the names of all those who will be attending and the name of your co-sponsoring organization. Canopy will provide lunch and refreshments as part of the training, so we need to know accurate numbers. 

4.  Begin fundraising. We put in place a requirement (after we recruited all of you) that all co-sponsoring teams commit to fundraising $1,100 for Canopy to assist with the resettlement costs. Because this was not in place when y’all committed, it’s not required of you. However, it would certainly be helpful to us if you would be able to help us with fundraising. This will give you something tangible to work on as a team even now before refugees begin arriving.

Learn more about fundraising at http://www.canopynwa.org/fundraising

And there you have it! We made up for our long silence by suddenly inundating you with information all at once.  Thank you for joining with us in welcoming and empowering our world's most vulnerable. 

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Co-Sponsor Training
Oct
22
9:00am 9:00am

Co-Sponsor Training

Co-Sponsor Training

If you are registered as a co-sponsor, this is the first step of the process.  If you are not yet registered as a co-sponsor, please register before attending.

We will be holding our next training session

October 22nd

9:00 am to 2:30 pm

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

2925 Old Missouri Rd, Fayetteville, AR, 72703

We will hold co-sponsor trainings once a quarter and we will be requiring all core co-sponsoring team members (minimum of 8 people) to complete the training before we can assign you a family. 

If some or all of your team are unable to make this training, let us know. We may be able to set up a few make-up sessions, since this is our first go-around, or you might be able to attend our January training instead. We will likely only resettle 3-4 families at the most in this first quarter, anyway, so not all teams need to attend this first session.

Between now and then, we have some homework for you to do:  

1.  Meet all together as a team, if you have not done so already, and designate a team leader. This point person will be our main line of communication with your team.

2.  Begin discussing how your group wants to divide up the following required activities: furnishing the apartment, buying groceries, driving refugees to appointments, practicing English with the refugees, conducting cultural orientation and hosting the refugees for meals/events. We will go over all these in detail at the training, but for now, it would be helpful for you to start discussing internally how you will divide these tasks up.

3.  Have your team leader RSVP to Emily.linn@canopynwa.org about the training by October 1st, Please let us know the names of all those who will be attending and the name of your co-sponsoring organization. Canopy will provide lunch and refreshments as part of the training, so we need to know accurate numbers. 

4.  Begin fundraising. We put in place a requirement (after we recruited all of you) that all co-sponsoring teams commit to fundraising $1,100 for Canopy to assist with the resettlement costs. Because this was not in place when y’all committed, it’s not required of you. However, it would certainly be helpful to us if you would be able to help us with fundraising. This will give you something tangible to work on as a team even now before refugees begin arriving.

Learn more about fundraising at http://www.canopynwa.org/fundraising

And there you have it! We made up for our long silence by suddenly inundating you with information all at once.  Thank you for joining with us in welcoming and empowering our world's most vulnerable. 

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Canopy NWA Open House
Oct
18
6:00pm 6:00pm

Canopy NWA Open House

Join us for a Canopy NWA Open House!

We still can hardly believe we did it... but Northwest Arkansas is officially a resettlement site, thanks to all our efforts! And if you ask us, that calls for a party.

So come join us...

Tuesday, October 18th, 6-9 pm  

 

2850 N College Ave, Fayetteville, Arkansas

...for an evening of coffee, celebration and new friendships.

This is a chance for us to get to know all of you, answer your questions and get you plugged into the work we're doing. 

Drop by and meet the staff and board members on the Canopy team. 

Find out about how you can contribute to what we're doing. Sign up to volunteer or co-sponsor. Then grab a delicious gourmet coffee drink and sit with us a while :) 

We look forward to meeting all of you next week! 

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