7 ways you can help refugees right now

By Kate Willis
Syrian refugee Ahmad, and his daughter, Nour, walk toward a registration center in Presevo, Serbia. Photo by Sam Tarling/Oxfam

Last week, the news broke that President Trump had signed an Executive Order slamming America’s door on refugees. This harmful and discriminatory act goes against our core values at Oxfam. Many Americans were outraged as well, showing up in droves to protest around the nation. 

In the midst of the uncertainty our country is facing, one thing is clear: Oxfam will not back down when it comes to standing up for some of the world’s most vulnerable people. And we know that you care too. Many of you have already signed the letter urging President Trump to rescind the order and generously donated to help refugees around the world. You don't have to stop there—here is a list of seven ways you can help refugees right now.

1. Send a letter

Oxfam staff in Boston show support for refugees and immigrants in the wake of President Trump's discriminatory executive order. Photo: Coco McCabe / Oxfam

Speak out against the refugee ban by sending a letter directly to your representatives in Congress, and tell them to act and unequivocally stop the ban on vulnerable refugees. You can use our pre-written letter or personalize it with your own message.

Send yours now

2. Tweet

Mobile phone charging station in Kara Tepe refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesvos. Photo: Aubrey Wade/Oxfam

We know President Trump takes social media seriously, so send a tweet and tell your representatives in Congress that turning away refugees is unacceptable, and that they must stand against prejudice and rescind the executive order. Use our tool for easy tweeting.

Send tweet now

3. Make a donation

Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

While we are fighting to protect the refugee resettlement program and the rights of those who have made it to the US, the conflicts in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq are still raging and continue to force people from their homes. Oxfam is providing essential supplies to those in need, and working to provide clean water and sanitation so they can remain healthy. We've also joined with the ACLU and the Massachusetts Attorney General's office to bring forth a lawsuit challenging Trump's executive order, which jeopardizes our lifesaving work in response to some of the world's worst crises. We need your help to continue to meet the critical needs of refugees and to support families struggling to overcome poverty around the world.

Donate now

4. Start a fundraiser

People gather to stand in solidarity with refugees around the world. Photo: Steve Kingston

Take your fundraising efforts to the next level; consider starting a fundraiser to help refugees and get your friends and family involved too. Our personal fundraising tool makes it quick and easy to get started.

Setup a fundraising page

5. Stand in solidarity

Protesters in Boston's Copley Square stand in solidarity with immigrants and refugees. Photo: Jeff Deutsch/Oxfam

People all around the country are joining together to speak out against this harmful Executive Order and the hateful rhetoric surrounding it. Find a protest or rally in your community and stand up for what’s right. Try searching for events in Facebook, or start your own if you don’t see anything nearby!

Search for events

6. Share a story

Ahmed Abizaid, with two of his five children, is working to build a new life for himself and his family in a Chicago suburb after fleeing the violence in Syria. Photo by Coco McCabe

In the midst of crisis, it’s important to remember the individuals who have been affected. Read their stories and share them via social media, or just send the link to a friend. Here are a few to get you started, or check out the feed on our website:

7. Volunteer your time

Approximately 800 people are staying in UNHCR units at the Kara Tepe camp, in the Southeast of Lesvos. Oxfam is providing meals twice a day (lunch and dinner). Five groups of five volunteers distribute the food from unit to unit at each mealtime. Photo: Aubrey Wade/Oxfam

Many organizations that help refugees through the resettlement process need volunteers to do things like mentoring newly arrived families, tutoring, or assisting with childcare during English classes. Try searching idealist.org for opportunities near you, or connect with an organization that resettles refugees in your community.

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