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Nearly 33 million people are uprooted from their homes by persecution and armed conflict. These refugees’ loss is incalculable: they may lose their home, livelihood, safety, belonging, or family. Currently, less than one percent of these refugees are resettled to a permanent home. Upon arrival, the success of these lucky families depend on the welcome they receive from their new community.
Refugee 101 Info Night
Learn more about refugees and their journey to resettlement on a global, national, and local level. Discover what Iskashitaa does in the community and how to volunteer. This is a great informational event with no necessary volunteer commitment. Contact us for a presentation at your location! RSVP to Melissa at email@example.com or 440-0100.
Thurs, June 11, 6-8pm in Room E23 at Catalina UMC, 2700 E. Speedway Blvd.
Iskashitaa has chosen to recognize Joanne Finch as Volunteer of the Year. We are so grateful for the contributions she has made to Iskashitaa, both as a part of our harvesting program and in the lives of individual refugees. Recently, Joanne has helped several refugees move into new apartments, and she also invited a musically talented refugee to give a presentation to her church’s youth at their music camp. She is a dependable member of our harvesting team, who shows up each Friday morning (often with a car full of eager harvesters) and makes sure that no fruit is left behind. Thank you, Joanne, for all you do!
Iskashitaa would like to extend our deep appreciation to two wonderful supporters, Judith and Bruce Billings, who have shown great hospitality to Iskashitaa this summer. We are thrilled to host many summer interns this year. When we reached out to the community to help us secure housing, the Billings graciously made their casita available at no cost so that we could enthusiastically say, "Yes!" to a hardworking intern who is gaining hands-on leadership experience and helping us further our mission of empowering refugees.
Read more about Judith and Bruce in our July Newsletter!
She is a very thoughtful and reliable person and always gives her best to help refugees learn how to use a sewing machine so they can makeclothing or other items.
Read more about Kylin on our Blog!
Cheska and Danielle have joined Iskashitaa from Duke University this summer. This dynamic duo have been attending events around the Tucson Community raising awareness on Iskashitaa programming and building relationships with refugees. Cheska and Danielle have been using their skills to build readership on our blog, Facebook and newsletter.
Learn how you can become an Intern by contacting our Volunteer Coordinator.
Sue Troutman's dynamic personality and willingness to help in a pinch make her an ideal volunteer for Iskashitaa. She is the driver when you need it and the photographer responsible for all of our swim program pictures. You may find Sue Troutman editing photos, peering through a lens, driving refugees to a program, harvesting, or chatting with a refugee friend. Iskashitaa has been proud to have Sue as a part of our programs for many years as our photographer and dedicated volunteer. Thank you Sue!