Looking for Volunteers and Donations for Ukrainian Refugees in Framingham through a new Interfaith Refugee Committee
The Metrowest Interfaith Dialogue Project, promoting interfaith dialogue and collaboration in our local communities is not only a way we may be enriched by each other's inspiration and faith, but also how our collaborative efforts for the common good of the community is expressed. We are excited then to announce our new project in this regard, the Interfaith Refugee Commitee.
We are collaborating with Jewish Family Servicesto assist Ukrainian refugees in the Metrowest area. Specifically, we hope to assist set up apartments for new families who arrive. These are the expectations from JFS:
Securing furniture donations from the community, buy nothing sites etc.
Working with organizations like furniture banks and Welcome Home to secure other furniture and household items (JFS staff can facilitate connections)
Moving the furniture into the apartment and setting everything up. (Renting a U-Haul, using community members to deliver in SUVs, trucks and mini vans, whatever works for the group)
Making the apartment feel homey and welcoming
Purchasing some food to fill the pantry and fridge and other household items that are ideal when new (e.g., linens and towels) as needed (JFS should have a budget to reimburse or provide gift cards to facilitate this if needed)
Ideally a group would be willing to do this more than once but I’m not setting a requirement regarding how many/how often.
The apartments will mostly be in Framingham.
Coordinators: Susan Nolan, Rabbi Mimi Micner, Fr. Carl Chudy