Refugee Benefit Dinner, the art of welcome: BOLD NEW COLORS
Sep
28
6:00 PM18:00

Refugee Benefit Dinner, the art of welcome: BOLD NEW COLORS

Celebrating newcomers and those who welcome them through food, art, and storytelling.

Tickets go on sale to general public August 8th. If you’re a Community of Welcome member, enjoy 25% off tickets when you purchase between Aug. 1st through August 18. Want to know how you can become a Community of Welcome member? visit www.canopynwa.org/welcome

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Jul
13
2:30 PM14:30

Workshop: Furthering your Education in NWA

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Participants will learn about higher education opportunities in Northwest Arkansas such as the University of Arkansas, Northwest Arkansas Community College, and trade schools. Participants will be informed on tuition costs, eligibility requirements, and application deadlines.

CanopyNWA is working with Tyson Foods, EngageNWA and partner organizations to do FREE community education workshops that help connect newcomers with service providers and equip them to navigate community resources. FREE day care, food, translation services, and transportation to/from the events are available.

Please contact Jessica Garross at jessgarross@gmail.com or 214-502-7553 to register.

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Canopy Night at the Naturals!
Jul
12
7:05 PM19:05

Canopy Night at the Naturals!

Help support Canopy NWA and enjoy a night at the ballpark with family and friends! Canopy is selling tickets to the Friday, July 12th Naturals game, and we'd love for YOU to join us! A portion of the tickets sales go directly to help support refugees and our work in Northwest Arkansas. Invite your friends and neighbors, and lets enjoy one of America's favorite pastimes! If we sell 200 or more, one of our clients will be chosen to throw out the first pitch!

The game begins at 7:05pm with gates opening at 6. There will be post game fireworks. Purchase tickets HERE.

Tickets will be available outside of will call at a Canopy table the day of or can be picked up at our Canopy office on Thursday, July 11th from 9am to 4pm. If you choose to pick up your tickets prior to the event, we'll have t-shirts available for purchase for $15. We'd love for you to wear your t-shirt the night of the game in support of refugees! For more information please contact lauren.snodgrass@canopynwa.org.

Canopy's office is located at 2592 North Gregg Avenue, Suite #40, Fayetteville, AR 72703

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Workshop: Getting to know your rights under law
May
31
5:30 PM17:30

Workshop: Getting to know your rights under law

Our next workshop will be on May 31st at 5:30pm at the Jones Center and will discuss: "Getting to know your rights under law".

CanopyNWA is working with Tyson Foods, EngageNWA and partner organizations to do FREE community education workshops that help connect newcomers with service providers and equip them to navigate community resources. FREE day care, food, translation services, and transportation to/from the events are available.

Please contact Jessica Garross at jessica.garross@canopynwa.org or 214-502-7553 to register.

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Parent and Student Volunteer Information Meeting
May
23
6:00 PM18:00

Parent and Student Volunteer Information Meeting

Are you a high schooler (16yrs and up) OR are you a parent of a high schooler that needs some volunteers hours or just something to do during the summer? We've got some summer opportunities! Join us for an information meeting on Thursday, May 23 from 6pm to 7pm at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

This is a great opportunity for your teenagers to get some volunteer hours, begin building experience, and serve others!

Please direct questions to danielle.bennett@canopynwa.org

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POSTPONED! Co-Sponsor Team Training
May
18
9:30 AM09:30

POSTPONED! Co-Sponsor Team Training

This event has been postponed. Please check back for an updated date!

Canopy will be holding a co-sponsorship training on May 18, 2019 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church from 9:30am to 1:30pm.

A light breakfast and lunch will be served.

To sign-up for this training, please contact lauren.snodgrass@canopynwa.org

FAQ’s

What is a co-sponsor team?

Here are the BIG points you need to know:

  • Co-sponsor groups are usually made up of 10-15 people. We suggest that team members have a variety of availability (meaning some are available during the day, others at night, others on the weekend). This helps especially during the first two months when our families need to go to a lot of doctors appointments.

  • We ask for a 6 month commitment from groups.

  • We also ask that groups contribute $1,100 to our general operating budget. This goes towards one-on-one case management, direct employment services (job club, help getting interviews, going to interviews, securing a job). These funds can be raised through fundraising or contribution made individually by group members.

  • There will be two basic trainings for cosponsorship and we ask that all members that will have contact with the family on a regular basis attend these trainings. The first is a general co-sponsor training that is typically held on a Saturday morning from 9:30am to 1:30pm. The second training will take place at least two weeks prior to your refugee family's arrival. At this training, we will review some of the key points from the handbook, assign jobs among members and make sure all supplies are ready for the families apartment. This would typically be in the evening during a weeknight and would last about an hour and a half.   

  • The role of cosponsors is to help support Canopy in a variety of ways like furnishing an apartment (Canopy secures the apartment), helping families learn the public transportation system, helping them sort through mail, and helping them navigate the grocery store to name a few tasks. Cosponsors are like welcoming committees, first friends, and so much more. 

Who or what groups can participate?

Any group or even person! While Canopy’s cosponsorship teams are mostly communities of faith, we’ve had groups of friends come together to form a team, University professors, college friends, and even community that didn’t know each other until we helped them form a team. That’s the beauty of this—community.


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.

Want to know more about those roles? Head HERE and check out defined roles as well as get access to our co-sponsorship handbook. Want to talk to someone in person? Contact lauren.snodgrass@canopynwa.org


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Refugee Camp Experience
Apr
27
12:00 PM12:00

Refugee Camp Experience

The Refugee Camp Experience is an interactive, educational event that gives participants an idea of what life may look like for refugees fleeing El Salvador, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Syria, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Join us for this FREE family-friendly event!

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Volunteer Training
Apr
16
6:00 PM18:00

Volunteer Training

With summer on its way and more refugee families arriving soon, this is a perfect time to get involved with a variety of volunteer opportunities Canopy has available now AND through the summer!

This training is for those who are interested in volunteering with us, but would like to learn more about opportunities or just learn more about what we do! This training is also for those who have signed up through Better Impact, our volunteer database, but have gotten stalled or are having difficulty navigating it. We'll cover ALL of that!

At the training, you'll learn the ins and outs of who we are, what we do, and we'll highlight specific volunteer opportunities. We'll introduce you to the volunteer database we use, and then help you get signed up and on your way to helping us welcome refugees home.

Light snacks will be served, so let's us know you're coming by RSVPing on our Facebook event HERE
Training will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Fayetteville, in the Alton Center.

Have questions? Contact Danielle Bennett at danielle.bennett@canopynwa.org

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Apr
13
2:30 PM14:30

Workshop: How to Get Ready for your Next Promotion at Work

Participants will learn how non-traditional work experiences gained through life can translate to skills and behaviors necessary for job requirements and career progression. Topics will include a breakdown of the differences between skills, behaviors and experiences, and will include information on how to ask a supervisor for assistance with getting ready for a promotion. A Tyson recruiter will be present for questions and answers.  

CanopyNWA is working with Tyson Foods, EngageNWA and partner organizations to do FREE community education workshops that help connect newcomers with service providers and equip them to navigate community resources. FREE day care, food, translation services, and transportation to/from the events are available.

Please contact Jessica Garross at jessgarross@gmail.com or 214-502-7553 to register.

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Mar
9
2:30 PM14:30

Workshop: How to Build and Use Good Credit

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Participants will learn about loan service providers in their community and how to access them. They will learn the steps they need to take in order to take out a loan as well as the different types of loans available. Additionally they will learn about interest rates, credit scores, unsecured vs. secured loans, and how to avoid scams.

CanopyNWA is working with Tyson Foods, EngageNWA and partner organizations to do FREE community education workshops that help connect newcomers with service providers and equip them to navigate community resources. FREE day care, food, translation services, and transportation to/from the events are available.

Please contact Jessica Garross at jessgarross@gmail.com or 214-502-7553 to register.

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Feb
16
2:30 PM14:30

Workshop: Accessing Government or Charitable Assistance

Participants will gain a basic understanding of the government and charitable assistance resources available to them as well as how to effectively access and utilize them. Topics will include governmental assistance programs such as The Arkansas Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Arkansas Unemployment Insurance, Arkansas Medicaid Program, and Arkansas Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The workshop will also help participants connect with non-profit service providers and will help them get signed up for services with HARK.

CanopyNWA is working with Tyson Foods, EngageNWA and partner organizations to do FREE community education workshops that help connect newcomers with service providers and equip them to navigate community resources. FREE day care, food, translation services, and transportation to/from the events are available.

Please contact Jessica Garross at jessgarross@gmail.com or 214-502-7553 to register for any of the workshops listed below.

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Jan
19
2:30 PM14:30

Workshop: Parenting

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Participants will learn useful parenting tools such as effective communication, setting expectations, listening, and different forms of disciplining. Additionally they will understand how to access parenting resources in their community for future guidance.

CanopyNWA is working with Tyson Foods, EngageNWA and partner organizations to do FREE community education workshops that help connect newcomers with service providers and equip them to navigate community resources. FREE day care, food, translation services, and transportation to/from the events are available.

Please contact Jessica Garross at jessgarross@gmail.com or 214-502-7553 to register.

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Nov
30
6:00 PM18:00

Workshop: Get to Know your Local Government!

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Participants will be connected with representatives from their city government and school districts. They will leave the workshop knowing the steps to take to communicate to these providers in the future.

CanopyNWA is working with Tyson Foods, EngageNWA and partner organizations to do FREE community education workshops that help connect newcomers with service providers and equip them to navigate community resources. FREE day care, food, translation services, and transportation to/from the events are available.

Please contact Jessica Garross at jessgarross@gmail.com or 214-502-7553 to register for any of the workshops listed below.

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Volunteer Meeting
Nov
12
6:00 PM18:00

Volunteer Meeting

  • Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 2925 N Old Missouri Rd, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72703 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Curious how you can get involved in helping our community welcome refugees home? Join us on Monday, November 12 from 6pm to 7:30pm at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fayetteville for a volunteer meeting.

We will briefly cover who Canopy is and what we do, give a quick overview of our volunteer platform, introduce two new committees to get involved with (Events and Housing), and then highlight our existing volunteer opportunities. We'll end the night with a breakout session where you'll have a chance to find out more about each of the volunteer areas and get signed up!

If you know you want to volunteer with us, you can start that process by creating a volunteer account here 👉👉https://app.betterimpact.com/Application?OrganizationGuid=36493390-0977-49bb-837a-d7f60f2d31eb&ApplicationFormNumber=1

Current volunteer opportunities:
~Childcare
~Transporting our clients to appointments
~After school program 
~Women's empowerment group
~Community Garden
**NEW
~Housing committee
~Events committee

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Oct
27
4:30 PM16:30

Workshop: Help Your Child Succeed in School

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Participants will leave the workshop with a thorough understanding of the resources available to assist them in helping their children succeed in school. Participants will learn about back to school nights, parent-teacher conferences, attendance policies, how to access school websites and administrators, how to set homework expectations, how to reinforce organizational and study skills, and how to get involved in their children’s classrooms.

CanopyNWA is working with Tyson Foods, EngageNWA and partner organizations to do FREE community education workshops that help connect newcomers with service providers and equip them to navigate community resources. FREE day care, food, translation services, and transportation to/from the events are available.

Please contact Jessica Garross at jessgarross@gmail.com or 214-502-7553 to register for any of the workshops listed below.

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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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