Newcomers and volunteers working together to build more welcoming communities.
In Episode 1 of CBC Metro Morning’s two-part series, Ismaila interviews Sam about the many challenges he faced arriving in Toronto as a refugee claimant from Uganda. Sam is a newcomer participant in Together Project’s Welcome Groups for Refugee claimants pilot program. Listen here.
The third episode of Together Project’s podcast is now live!
In this episode, we speak with Maria, a refugee from Mexico, and Paula a volunteer who is working with Maria and her family on learning English and more.
Listen on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2ETlFbK
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/33Mdckm
Or Google Podcasts: https://bit.ly/30P17cc
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and the lockdown occurred in March, Together Project had about 150 volunteers who were already participating in six-month matches with Government-Assisted Refugees, and about to match 150 more. Read about how we adapted our program to provide remote social support in this new blog post with Volunteer Canada: ow.ly/eNk250BFqQV
The second episode of Together Project’s podcast is now up! We hear from Sam, a refugee from Uganda, who tells us about being matched with Together Project volunteers and looking for work in Canada.
Listen on GooglePodcasts: https://bit.ly/2Z2vJWL
Many organizations are working together to create Welcoming Communities for refugee newcomers in the GTA and Mississauga. Based on a 2010 “Characteristics of Welcoming Communities Report” by Dr. Victorira Esses, Together Project has identified five ways that volunteers and newcomers can play a role in building Welcoming Communities. Learn more here.Read More
What inspired you to get involved in Together Project?
Three main reasons.
The first reason is my gratitude for Canada. My parents immigrated to Canada from Greece when I was very young and we have found it to be such a wonderful and kind country full of opportunities. At the age of 15, I decided that I wanted to give back to Canada for the wonderful life it has offered to my family and me, and I’ve been volunteering in different ways since then. Read more.Read More