Since 1981, the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees has helped over 16,000 refugees become apart of the Central New York Community. Today, the organization is still helping people from all over the world.
“The largest populations that we are resettling are coming from Myanmar, Burma— the different ethnic groups there, Bhutan, Nepal, Iraq, Somalia, and the Sudan.” Jennifer DiCaprio of the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees said.
Many of the refugees who come to the United States are fleeing persecution in their own countries.
“Really the only choices they have is to flee and live, or stay and parish,” DiCaprio said.
To continue to help those in need, the refugee center is participating in Giving Tuesday to receive donations.
“So this year we are participating in Giving Tuesday through New York Gives Day,” DiCaprio Explained,”Which is a group of non-profits around the state who have registered to become recipients of donations on Giving Tuesday.
The money collected from Giving Tuesday will go towards toiletries, drivers education, and teaching refugees how to properly install car seats for their children.
To donate, you can go to the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees website at www.mvrcr.org, as well as their Facebook page. For more non-profit organizations to donate to you can visit www.nygivesday.org.