Rochester's refugees need your help! Mary's Place Refugee Outreach offers vital support services to new Americans resettled in Rochester as a result of civil war, violence, and ethnic conflicts. Rochester has become home to some 35,000 refugees since 1980. In the last two years alone, over 1,500 refugees have arrived, coming from Burma, Bhutan, Syria, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and elsewhere.
Mary's Place helps these refugees adapt to life in the United Sates and become self-sufficient. We offer English language education, job skills classes, case management, and transcribing green card applications. In addition, we offer food and clothing distribution and a six-week summer camp for refugee children. We accept no government funding, and private donations make up most of our budget.
This CrowdRise campaign will help us to continue these vital services. Gannett and the USA Today Network has partnered with CrowdRise and dozens of nonprofits to support community-oriented projects with grants. To qualify, we must raise at least $3,000 through CrowdRise.
You can help us win!
Click 'Join the Team' to set up your own fundraiser, and share your support of Mary's Place with friends and family! Can't set up your own fundraiser? Donating here by May 11th, 2018 will show A Community Thrives that we have your support for our programs--and give us a shot at the $25,000 "Fan Favorite" grant, awarded to the campaign that raises the most money on CrowdRise!