The Art of Welcome
Sep
29
6:30 PM18:30

The Art of Welcome

CELEBRATING NEWCOMERS AND THOSE WHO WELCOME THEM.

FOOD

CELEBRATE OUR REGION'S PROUD CULINARY HISTORY WITH A THREE COURSE MEAL, COURTESY OF THE HIVE'S AWARD-WINNING CHEF MATTHEW MCCLURE. 

INCLUDES A WINE PAIRING AND CASH BAR AVAILABLE. 

ART

TAKE IN THE WORK OF LOCAL ARTISTS OCTAVIO LOGO AND SAMUEL GRAY, HIGHLIGHTING THE MANY IDENTITIES OF OUR REFUGEE AND IMMIGRANT NEIGHBORS. 

ALSO WATCH THEM COLLABORATE ON A LIVE PAINTING THROUGHOUT THE EVENING.

PROCEEDS OF ART SALES WILL GO TO SUPPORT OUR WORK. 

STORYTELLING

HEAR OUR REFUGEE NEIGHBORS TELL THEIR STORIES OF RESILIENCE AND TRIUMPH.

HEAR OUR NATIVE NEIGHBORS TELL THEIR STORIES OF CREATING WELCOME AND NEW BEGINNINGS.

THEN,

BECOME PART OF THE STORY.

CARE TO JOIN US?

PURCHASE TICKETS

SPONSOR A TABLE

 


 

 

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Students for Refugees: Refugee Camp Experience
Apr
22
12:00 PM12:00

Students for Refugees: Refugee Camp Experience

There are over 21.3 million refugees in the world today. Many of them live in refugee camps across the globe. 

What are these camps like? How do refugees get there? How much food do families receive once they are in the camp? How long can they stay? Find out the answers to these questions and more at Students for Refugees Refugee Camp Experience.

This event is a one-day event only and is happening on April 22 from 12 PM to 6 PM. This drop-in event will physically take you through the process that a refugee goes through inside the camp, revealing facts of getting to the camp, being in the camp, and the process of resettlement. This is a kid-friendly event and from start to finish takes about 45 minutes. Our goal is to have 800 people attend this event!! Please, share with your friends and let’s spread the word together!!

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#StandTogether: 100 Calls for Refugees
Apr
5
8:00 AM08:00

#StandTogether: 100 Calls for Refugees

Join us in a nationwide campaign inviting our community to #StandTogether with refugees. How can you participate?

Our goal is to have 100 people make 1 call to Congressman Womack's office in support of refugee resettlement.

How can you participate?

1. CALL Congressman Womack's office. Not sure what to say? See script below.  For easy access to his number and other representatives, download the Capitol Call app. Click on "Take Action" and join our campaign! Rogers Office:(479) 464-0446

2. TELL us via our Facebook event that you've called by posting a picture or commenting. We want to count you!

3. SHARE the event.

4. ENCOURAGE your circle of influence to call.

That's it. Simple. Easy. Every call makes a difference, and collectively we can make sure Congressman Womack knows that Arkansans support refugee resettlement.

THIS has the potential to create CHANGE. So, let's do it!

Sample Script:

  • Hello, my name is (Insert Name). I am a constituent and live in (Insert City, State).
  • I am calling to express my support for the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.
  • I support the resettling of 45,000 refugees in the U.S as the Administration committed to for 2018. 
  • I am deeply concerned that, as a country, we are not on track to meet this number and as of March 19, 2018 have only admitted 9,675 refugees.
  • Since WWII, the U.S. has been a global leader in offering refuge to those escaping persecution, war, or violence in their home country.
  • We cannot turn our backs on them. My community welcomes refugees and wants to help them.
  • Communities of faith nationwide strongly support resettling 45,000 refugees in the U.S.
  • I encourage Congressman Womack to stand up for what is right and protect this life-saving humanitarian program. Thank you!

Make It Personal!

If you feel comfortable, share a personal story about why helping and welcoming refugees is important to you (your faith, your community, your business, your family or background, etc.). Let them know the specific ways that refugees are welcomed into your community, congregations, and why refugee protection is so important to you.

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Migrants, Refugees, and Gender-Based Violence
Mar
13
5:00 PM17:00

Migrants, Refugees, and Gender-Based Violence

Did You Know?

Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and yet least-recognized human rights abuses in the world.

As many as one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or abused in some other way – most often by someone she knows, including by her husband or another male family member.

It doesn't have to be this way. Women and men from all walks of life are joining together to help bring an end to these pervasive, and often deadly, acts of violence.

(Excerpt from: http://www.care.org/work/womens-empowerment/violence-against-women)

Join Canopy NWA on March 13th to hear Whitney Griggs, CARE's Regional Advocacy Coordinator, discuss gender-based violence among vulnerable populations such as refugees and migrants. Find out how you can help stop this violence and be a part of the solution. 

About the Speaker:

Whitney Griggs is based in Atlanta, GA and serves as CARE’s Regional Advocacy Coordinator for the Southeast (GA, FL, KY, TN, NC, SC, AL, MS, LA, AR, OK). In this role, Whitney implements a regional strategy to mobilize CARE supporters and opinion leaders in order to engage members of Congress around CARE’s mission.

Prior to joining CARE, Whitney served as the Outreach and Engagement Manager at Georgians for a Healthy Future. In her previous role, she managed the organization’s grassroots strategy and implementation plans for various healthcare issue campaigns. Whitney has over eight years of experience organizing diverse constituencies and messaging issues to reach audiences on both sides of the aisle.  She holds a dual BS in Psychology and Biology from Clemson University and she is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Health with a focus on health education and advocacy at Emory University. 

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Family Movie Night Fundraiser
Mar
2
7:00 PM19:00

Family Movie Night Fundraiser

Canopy staff, two of our resettled refugees, and 16 members of our Northwest Arkansas community will be headed to Capital Hill March 15th to meet with our representatives. We're asking #WhereAreOurFamilies?

Canopy, from its very start, has been a community supported organization. YOU have been with us every step of the way, and that's what makes us unique. So, if you can't make it to DC with us, we're asking that you come out, enjoy a family movie night, and drop a donation, however big or small, in the bucket. Your gift will go directly towards helping with travel expenses and accommodations. We'll also have popcorn, drinks, and baked goods for sale.

The movie, Coco, will begin at 7:00 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fayetteville. Feel free to bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets. Let's enjoy a night together and raise some money!

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kNOWledge:diaspora
Feb
24
4:00 PM16:00

kNOWledge:diaspora

di·as·po·ra - noun - the movement, migration, or scattering of a people away from an established or ancestral homeland.

kNOWledge:diaspora is a collaboration between The Artist's Laboratory Theatre + Canopy NWA to highlight and honor the artistic voices of those who have been displaced from their home countries. Canopy NWA will also present the latest information regarding the refugees. Come meet our neighbors - new and old - and learn about the NWA refugee experience and how you can help in 2018. Conversation, food, poetry, and music will all be provided.

Admission + Accessibility
This event is pay-what-you-can, with a suggested donation of $10. This venue has a ramp, and is accessible to audience members with disabilities.

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Advocacy Training
Feb
20
6:00 PM18:00

Advocacy Training

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of NWA Offices (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

When: Tuesday, February 20th

Time: 6 pm to 8 pm

Where: Big Brothers Big Sisters Offices located at 91 W. Colt Square, Suite 1, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72703

Why: Refugees need our collective voices now more than ever! At the national and local level, refugee resettlement is at an all-time low. Our representatives need to hear from our community, who has supported us every step of the way, that refugee resettlement is important to Northwest Arkansans. You'll learn about Canopy's mission, the nuts and bolts of refugee resettlement, and Canopy's current "ask". You'll learn how to craft your "ask" and what the most effective strategies are when it comes to influencing our representatives.  

Contact Miranda Black, Canopy's Volunteer Coordinator to sign-up or for more information. miranda.black@canopynwa.org

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Canopy to unveil art installation in Fayetteville
Jan
30
11:00 AM11:00

Canopy to unveil art installation in Fayetteville

At 11 am on Tuesday, January 30, Canopy NWA will hold a press conference at St. Martin’s Campus Center (814 W Maple St.), to unveil a new temporary installation on the church’s property titled “Absence.” The installation will symbolize our community’s sorrow and frustration over efforts to hamper refugee admissions to the US—efforts that have kept 40 refugee men, women and children from being able to travel to their new home in Northwest Arkansas for over a year. Visitors to the installation will be prompted to join Canopy NWA in asking our elected representatives #WhereAreOurFamilies?

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Bentonville Public Library: Project Welcome
Oct
21
1:00 PM13:00

Bentonville Public Library: Project Welcome

This will be an afternoon of understanding the plight of modern day refugees through books, art, and hands-on activities, and will take place on Saturday, October 21st from 1pm to 3pm at the Bentonville Public Library.

Join us Saturday, October 21 from 1pm to 3pm at the Bentonville Librar for Project Welcome. This is a free kid-friendly and kid-focused event featuring art projects, books, and hands-on activities, including a refugee camp experience.

We’re excited to partner with Students for Refugee and Bentonville Public Library to educate our community on the global refugee crisis, as well as refugee resettlement here in Northwest Arkansas. We hope to see you there!
 

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World Refugee Day, June 20th
Jun
20
12:00 AM00:00

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
9:00 AM09:00

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
12:00 PM12:00

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
7:00 PM19:00

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
7:00 PM19:00

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
7:00 PM19:00

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
9:00 AM09:00

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
9:00 AM09:00

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
6:00 PM18:00

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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