World Refugee Day

June 20

June 20 is World Refugee Day
Community Engagement Ideas

Engage your Elected Leaders and Advocate for Refugees

Participate in the calls to action produced by the Justice for Immigrants Campaign, Catholics Confront Global Poverty, Share the Journey, and Catholic Charities USA to make your voice heard by your members of Congress.

Use this World Refugee Day Advocacy Tool Kit

Read Pope Francis’ 2018 World Day of Migrants and Refugees message

Become Active in Your Local Community and Parish

VOLUNTEER OR ORGANIZE A COLLECTION TO HELP REFUGEES AND MIGRANTS IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Find your local Catholic Charities agency in the U.S.

“POWR FROM A TO Z” RESOURCE COLLECTION FROM PARISHES ORGANIZED TO WELCOME REFUGEES (POWR) PROGRAM

The USCCB/MRS launched the Parishes Organized to Welcome Refugees (POWR) program to intensify volunteer involvement in resettlement, at the parish level. POWR’s goal is to develop long-term, sustainable programs.

POWR PROJECT SUMMARY (2018)
Find out about what’s happening locally with Parishes Organized to Welcome Refugees (POWR). Directory is organized by city.

VOLUNTEER TRAINING – PARISHES ORGANIZED TO WELCOME REFUGEES
These materials explain the pre- and post-arrival process to volunteers, donors and parish partners, as well as provide some concrete ideas how POWR teams can help. The document includes population-specific food supply lists, a home safety check list, Frequently Asked Questions for volunteers and much more.

COUNTERING “ALTERNATIVE FACTS” WITH FACTS
Talking Points to provide your community with facts about refugees. This resource may be useful as you are making the case for refugees in your parishes and communities.

PARISH RESETTLEMENT MINISTRY MANUAL
Everything you need to know to plan for and organize your parish to Welcome Refugees.

THE REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT CURRICULUM
The Refugee Resettlement Ministry Curriculum is a K-12 Catholic School curriculum developed at Catholic Charities of Jacksonville, which is designed to raise awareness for the refugee cause. It can easily be replicated elsewhere.

How Can I Help?

Give to the US

Support migrants and refugees in the United States by giving to CCUSA.

Give Overseas

Reach out to migrants and refugees abroad by giving to Catholic Relief Services.

Share the Love

Use social media to inspire others to love our neighbors everywhere.

Your neighbors live across the street and the country, across oceans and hemispheres. As millions of God’s children flee war, persecution and poverty, Pope Francis, Caritas Internationalis, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Charities USA, and Catholic Relief Services invite you to share their journey by walking with them in prayer and support.