There are many wonderful options to get involved in supporting refugee families in Northwest Arkansas! See below for ways to make this homecoming as easy as possible for our refugee families.
Volunteer with Canopy NWA
Canopy NWA relies on the support of its volunteers! If you are looking for tangible ways to help the refugee crisis, please check out our full list of Volunteer Opportunities.
Currently, we could use help in the following areas:
ESL In-Home Partner
Women's Empowerment Group
Donation Drive Organizer
Housing Search Volunteer
Co-Sponsor a Refugee Family
As co-sponsors, you will play a vital role in helping your refugee family integrate into our community. You will be their first friends and their support system outside of Canopy. We call this "co-sponsorship" because it is a partnership between you and Canopy NWA with very clear roles and expectations on how to best serve the refugee family.
Advocate for Refugees
As refugee resettlement is debated at the federal level, it is important that our community is armed with accurate knowledge about refugees. Learn what defines a refugee, how they come to the US and how the US keeps its citizens safe throughout that process. You can download the Refugee Fact Sheet (from Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services) as a place to start. Also visit Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services refugee resettlement advocacy page HERE for more information.
Then, start spreading this information wherever you can! Make sure people know what a refugee is and how they can help. Encourage others to volunteer, advocate or financially donate to support Canopy NWA’s mission.
Please take some time to contact our Elected officials to show your support for refugee resettlement in Northwest Arkansas. We need them to know that their constituents and communities welcome refugees.
We also encourage you to sign-on to to the sector specific letters and share them with business leaders, faith leaders, those in the health sector, and educators in your community. Let’s show the government that our professional community supports refugee resettlement.
Financially Support Canopy's Vision and Mission
Canopy is a public-private partnership. We receive limited state and federal funds to support our work, so we can only exist with the support of our generous community. Help fund continued refugee resettlement in Northwest Arkansas.