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.
Join Our Community of Welcome
Our Community of Welcome is the beating heart of our organization: it’s a core group of community members who’ve committed to helping us realize our vision of refugees and our community thriving together. You can become a part of our Community of Welcome today by signing up at the link below. All you need to do is commit to giving a recurring monthly gift of $25— up to whatever you can afford. In exchange, you’ll gain access to all sorts of unique perks and exclusive deals— and you can count yourself as part of our innermost circle of supporters.
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
URGENT: Recent credible reports have surface that the President is considering reducing the refugee admissions number to 0. Canopy is calling our community to respond by signing THIS petition, sharing it with your community, calling our Arkansas elected officials, and asking you to considering meeting with our representatives to let them know you support refugee resettlement nationally and locally.
Additionally, for communities of faith HERE is a letter written by Pastor Mike McDaniel of Grace Point Church in response to these recent reports. We would ask that if you are a faith leader, you would consider adding your name to it by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or share it with your pastor.
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.