A Date to Remember...

Today Iskashitaa had a bountiful harvest focusing on the dates that have been in season. Volunteers culled the dates separating the good from the bad. The group began at 9 am and several volunteers showed up throughout the morning.

Volunteers took pictures at our office’s parking lot where a mural had been made by Salpointe Students using street chalk. It gave the volunteers the opportunity to learn each other’s names and get to know each other.

Iskashitaa offers community volunteers the opportunity to give back to the community. For example, I spoke with Maddie, a current student at the University of Arizona. Maddie is a Psychology and Journalism double major. Maddie has a photo project and is using her time with Iskashitaa to accomplish this. She started working with Iskashitaa after learning about us online. She then visited us at our booth during the last Tucson Meet Yourself. She felt strongly that Iskashitaa was the best way to further her photography skills while also, and most importantly, give back to the community. Maddie stated that she enjoyed her time working with Iskashitaa and would very much like to work with us in the future.

Iskashitaa is happy to allow members of the community the opportunity to join us anytime and many tell us that it is a great way to give back to the community while also benefiting their own personal projects. We are happy to be able to give back to the same community we aim to help.

This week there was also a large pumpkin harvest. The pumpkins are giving our parking lot a wide variety of colors and more importantly, the harvesters are having fun seeing the fruits of their labor displayed out in the open.

If you would like to volunteer with us, we have upcoming events next week. This Monday we have a food workshop at St Francis at the Foothills4625 E River Rd, kitchen on Monday beginning at 9:30 am. Iskashitaa is also having a harvest on Wednesday beginning at 9:00 am and harvesting at the local Tucson Botanical Gardens. The harvesters will be arriving as early as 8:15 am to get the day started for a great harvest.

Iskashitaa has various events to bring the community together for the advancement of refugee assistance. One that we take privilege in hosting is Refugee 101.

Refugee 101 allows new community volunteers the opportunity to learn about the work that is being done with assisting the refugees that enter the united states. The City Wide Refugee 101 - Thursday November 16, 6-8 PM, Palo Verde High School, 1302 S. Avenida Vega. This interactive workshop focuses on global, national, & local aspects of refugee resettlement; ways in which Iskashitaa enhances our community through food-based programming; and how to become a volunteer (though, no volunteer commitment is required). RSVP

Please feel free to contact us at the office if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Our office phone is (520) 440–0100 and our email is volunteer@iskashitaa.org

Alfonso Cavada-Tavares

Social Media Intern

Iskashitaa Refugee Network

Office: (520)440-0100