Mariam Hamou recently sent out a general e-mail. I share its contents here:
“Sorry for the delay in getting back to everyone, we’ve had over 500 volunteers sign up at our page!
We will be directing some volunteers to CCLC [Cross Cultural Learners Centre]. Given that we are dealing with a vulnerable population, there are tasks which they can perform best, given the privacy and security structures in place. If you already have a police check that is less than 12 months old, which is required for volunteering with CCLC, please let us know and we will direct you to them.
Other tasks will be coordinated by us, the Syrian Refugee Fund. These include sorting new clothing, arranging medical help, arranging tutoring, meeting the new refugees, arranging sponsorships and helping sponsors with any needs they have with their refugee family.
With regards to settlement and welcoming, there isn’t much to do until families arrive. But for those wanting to prepare effectively in advance, we are planning “boot camps” hosted by CCLC and by North Park Community Church’s Outreach Centre. If you would like to take part, please contact Rifat Hussain at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tendayi Gwaradzimba at email@example.com respectively.
We have urgent need for assistance in community fund raising, and some need for help with sponsorship paperwork. (Here again, we may direct you to a Sponsorship Agreement Holder to be trained by and volunteer with them.)
Furthermore we have started collecting clothing, the Goodwill is collecting used clothing, household goods and furniture for refugees. Here is some information about collecting clothing: http://goodwillindustries.ca/goodwill-and-city-support-refugees/
New clothing is being collected at the London Muslim Mosque for refugees. Please call the London Muslim Mosque at 519-439-9451 to ask about collection times.
We are also still looking for sponsors as we are trying to hit the 25,000 person mark by the end of this year.
We are still taking donations, please check http://www.syrianrefugeefund.ca for donation locations.
Thank you for your kindness!”