Support for Setting up a Home

When sponsorship groups agree to sponsor a family they take on the task of gathering all the necessary furniture and household items that are needed by this family.  It can be a daunting and time consuming task contacting friends, family, neighbours and the public for donations.  The more that is donated, the more funds will be left over for  rent, food, and other daily sundries.

Each group has to come up with an inventory list and must start searching.  Storage becomes an issue as donations pour in. Before you know it you have too much stuff.  With so many groups needing items it is important that everyone be able to benefit from the generosity of others, so sharing information about what you need and what you have to give to other groups becomes another aspect that can be quite daunting.  It is with that in mind that a few volunteers have come together to simplify the process,  and share resources.

  1. STORAGE:   a generous family has donated the use of their clean dry large garage/barn for the constituency groups to store the furniturethat they are going to use for their refugee family.  This is meant to be a back up storage when no other storage can be found, as space is limited. We have a volunteer who has agreed to coordinate access for drop off and pick up . Please contact:  Inkinddonationsforrefugees@gmail.com for more information.
  2. HOUSEHOLD ITEM SHARING:   In order to facilitate communication amongst the groups a very generous web developer has donated his time and efforts  to create a secure spreadsheet for the donation coordinator of each group to access so that they can share what furniture they still need and what they have extra.     Now you can check at a glance who has what you want and you can contact them directly.  The In Kind Donations for Refugees team will also advertise their contents on this site.
    If you would like to register for this please  go to Refugeesforvi.wordpress.com and click on Trading Post.
  3. HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE DEPOT:  The general public are currently being generous with their donations of furniture and household items.  In order to accept these donations before the groups are ready to look for items, a furniture depot has been developing .   Please forward the name & contact information of any donor offering items that your constituency group does not require to Inkinddonationsforrefugees@gmail.com.  We will follow-up with said donor and make arrangements for the offered items to be advertised on the Trading Post and stored for another groups use.
  4. HOUSEHOLD ITEMS DEPOT:  We are also gathering the above mentioned household items, sorting  them, and are developing a system to offer them to constituency groups.  The goal is to avoid spending money to purchase anything.  Please contact  inkinddonationsforrefugees@gmail.com for any items to donate or to access the pool.

We would like to thank the Shawn DeWolfe for his efforts developing the Trading Post, the Love family and Milne family for their generous donation of storage space, The Kiwanis Manor for their donations in kind, and the dozens of families from the general public who went through their households and donated  goods and furniture.

Please give us feedback to help us improve the Trading Post.

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Mar 3 – Korean Dinner & Celebration Fundraiser

Korean food, music, dance and more! Fundraiser for the Kalmo Refugee Support Group, to help reunite a Somali refugee family.

Saturday March 3rd , 5:00-8:30 PM (dinner at 5:30)
First Met church, 932 Balmoral Road

Tickets: https://koreandinner.brownpapertickets.com
Adult $30, Teen $20, Child $10, Family (2 parents + child) $6

This is a fundraiser and so people are asked to pay full price if possible. However nobody will be turned away due to lack of funds. Refugee families are particularly encouraged to participate and pay what you can.

More info: https://kalmovictoriabc.wordpress.com

BACKGROUND
This night of Korean food, music, dance and art is a fundraiser to help the Kalmo Refugee Support Group reunite a Somali refugee family. Through a private sponsorship arrangement the Kalmo Refugee Support Group is helping Marwo Abdi, a Somali woman living in Victoria, to bring her mother, brother and two cousins to Canada from a refugee camp in Uganda. The event will also celebrate Korean cuisine and culture and provide an opportunity for people to socialize together, and learn more about refugee issues and local Korean communities.

The event is being organized by Korean community members and allies, and will include a buffet-style Korean dinner, traditional Korean music and dance, a display of traditional costumes and musical instruments, a Korean arts exhibition, and an opportunity to buy handcrafts made by Korean artists. It is open to anyone interested in Korean culture or who wants to contribute to the work of the Kalmo Refugee Support Group.

We would like to acknowledge the time that many people in our community are donating to put on this event – from cooking and postering to playing music and raising funds – and would humbly request your help in spreading the word about this benefit event. It would be thrilling to us to pack the First Met hall and show Marwo and her family that the community supports her family reunification efforts. Thank you!

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