I am a fundraiser for
Blacksburg Refugee Partnership
The Blacksburg Refugee Partnership was formed in the summer of 2016. We feel we need to help and that Blacksburg...is ideal to support refugee families. We are now 300 members strong and have partnerships with a dozen faith and another ten local community organizations.
Our approach is...to truly resettle them. We consider it our responsibility to help them until they are integrated in the community, including teaching them about American culture, enrolling children in school, helping with health care, and placing adults in jobs.
Our first family, from Syria, arrived in October 2016. Two more families, Syrian and Afghan, arrived in February 2017. Our support of these families is entirely provided by kind donations of money and time by our many supporters. In March, we formed partnerships with The Secular Society (TSS) and the Roanoke Refugee Partnership (RRP). With financial support from TSS, we brought three more Afghan families to Blacksburg, and with TSS funding and working with RRP we began to support two families, Somali and Burundi, in Roanoke. Each of these five families is led by a single mother. In total, we are now supporting 19 children and 9 adults in Blacksburg as well as co-supporting 10 children and 2 adults in Roanoke.
A key partner in our work is Commonwealth Catholic Charities,who works with the state department to identify refugee families for resettlement in Virginia.
For all of our families...Our plan is to help them through their transition and get them as quickly as possible to the point where they can meet their own needs.
Thanks to our extensive and very committed volunteer network, as well as the generosity of our donors, we are seeing great success...
All of our work is 100% volunteer contributions of time, effort, household items, and funds. We are grateful for the tremendous generosity that this community has shown. We welcome new volunteers for this important and rewarding work, and we gratefully request your continued financial contributions.