THE DAILY IOWAN
University of Iowa students to educate eastern Iowans on immigration, refugee experiences
Iowa City Press-Citizen
Iowa City group creates series highlighting refugee and immigrant experiences in Iowa
Iowa Public Radio
Iowa council hosts conversation on immigrants' and refugees' role in public policy
Watch the April 13th event where we'll hear from Andrea Wilson, Chuy Renteria, Eyad Said, & Antonia Rivera about 'Writing & Reading the Refugee & Immigrant Experience'
Stories of Migration
REFUGEE RESOURCE DIRECTORY
The Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa has created a directory of services and programs throughout the community that are beneficial to refugee communities in Iowa. Their webpage has additional information regarding resettlement agencies, ethnic community based organizations, employment and financial assistance, food assistance, and healthcare services.
ICFRC's Refugee and Immigrant series was funded in part through a grant from Humanities Iowa. You can find information on a diverse range of arts and humanities topics on their website. They also advertise many events and programs that may interest you!
Catherine Mcauley center
The Catherine McAuley Center (CMC), located in Cedar Rapids, IA, serves immigrants, refugees, and women experiencing crisis. The Center offers one-on-one tutoring, group learning tailored to adults, employment education and advising, as well as assistance navigating community resources. You can contribute to the CMC by volunteering your time or giving monetary support. You can find more ways to support the important work they are doing on their website including a wish list and various volunteering opportunities.
REFUGEE AND IMMIGRANT ASSOCIATION
The Refugee and Immigrant Association is a dedicated group of refugees and Iowans who aim to provide community education, increase issue awareness, and distribute financial support for all refugees and immigrants. They are continuously working toward a community that participates and actively contributes in helping refugees and immigrants integrate successfully into the community. The Refugee and Immigrant Association is accepting many forms of donation including monetary support, household items, vehicles and transportation, and land or office space to aid them in their headquarter expansion.
IC Compassion offers numerous services that all aim to help refugees, immigrants, and people at the point of moving out of poverty. Services include, but are not limited to, ESL tutoring, workshops, counseling help, citizenship classes, food assistance, and free legal services. You can get involved in their important work through becoming a tutor, providing meals or moving assistance, organizing fundraisers, or offering monetary support.
THE ETHNIC MINORITIES OF BURMA ADVOCACY AND RESOURCE CENTER (EMBARC)
While EMBARC was originally founded to aid Burmese refugees resettling in Iowa, they have expanded to aid other newly arriving refugee group through their RISE AmeriCorps Program. EMBARC is unique in the fact that they are Iowa's first and only refugee-led service provider; this allows them to understand more clearly the needs, hopes, dreams, and challenges that face refugees first arriving in Iowa. You can extend your own skills and time to help EMBARC create opportunities for all refugee communities. Volunteers are welcome to serve on-site in Des Moines and Waterloo, Iowa or remotely. EMBARC is currently seeking assistance in tutoring, translating and interpreting, completing food and medical forms, delivering donations, and mentoring AmeriCorps members or client families. You can learn more by visiting their website or emailing email@example.com.
MONSOON ASIANS AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS IN SOLIDARITY
Monsoon was founded to address the lack of sufficient services to the Asian and Pacific Islander immigrants in Iowa. They focus their efforts on providing support to victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Iowa. You can get involved with Monsoon's life-changing work through either their community outreach or advocacy volunteer section. Monsoon will thoroughly train all volunteers and equip them with the knowledge they need to succeed prior to beginning any volunteering efforts. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information on how you can get involved!
Open Heartland is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Iowa City whose mission is to celebrate the richness and strength of our diverse community by fostering inclusivity, building relationships, and reaffirming our shared humanity. Since its inception in 2019, Open Heartland has grown to become a community and resource center for local Latinx families working with over 250 families that have immigrated from Mexico and Central America in the last 15 years.