Newcomers and volunteers working together to build more welcoming communities.
In partnership with The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto, Together Project is pleased to announce The Ritz-Carlton Succeed Through Service Newcomer Hospitality Program for refugee newcomers. Through the generous support of the Ritz-Carlton Community Footprints team, this program will provide an introduction to the hospitality industry for 20 refugee newcomers ages 18 and above. Classes will meet at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in downtown Toronto from 5:30 PM-8:00 PM on Monday evenings for six consecutive weeks beginning on July 15th and ending on August 26th (excluding the August 5th holiday). Participating refugee newcomers must have Canadian Language Benchmark English Language Level 5 or higher. Refugee newcomers from all countries of origin are encouraged to apply. This training is offered free of charge for qualified participants. Applications are now being accepted and will be reviewed in order of receipt. The final deadline to apply is Wednesday, June 29th, 2019. To apply or for more information, please email Together Project Co-Director, Anna Hill, at email@example.com.Read More
Together Project is honoured to receive a Vital Ideas and Leadership grant from the Toronto Foundation. Our Refugee Social Capital Accelerator initiative will allow us to deepen the impact of our Welcome Group model through further social capital research, building off of the Toronto Foundation’s Toronto Social Capital Study 2018. As well, we will develop and formalize relevant curriculum for volunteer training, and strengthen our evaluation and reporting mechanisms.
Together Project’s Welcome Group Program has been selected as a “Promising Practice” by the Pathways to Prosperity Project. To learn more about the program, download the Welcome Group brief and see the video interview with Together Project’s co-directors here.
The Welcome Group Program gives volunteers the chance to participate in their community, to give back, and to learn more about different cultures and newcomer communities. We were able to achieve multiple goals with the family members. For example, we found the desired high school for one family member and we helped the father get a job at a top-tier grocery story by preparing him for the interview and for the training orientations. I would encourage everyone who is thinking about volunteering with Together Project to go ahead and make a difference in newcomers’ lives, and, at the same time, bring fun and fulfillment into their own lives. #TogetherHello (Photo: Ardean Peters)Read More
How do we build more welcoming communities? How do we support newcomer efforts to create social connections, acquire social capital and find meaningful work in Canada? Together Project Co-Directors Anna Hill and Andrew Lusztyk speak with Sally Fazal of Social Impact Advisors about how community volunteers can support refugee integration. Click here to listen to the full podcast.
Offering friendship to new immigrants is rewarding. It feels good to be helpful and make friends with people that are from a different culture. I just want to continue to be friends with these newcomers and help when I can. The Together Project is such a great outlet for this. #TogetherHelloRead More