Ways to Give Back: Spread Awareness
An important way to give back that is often overlooked is spreading awareness. When you share your experiences, others learn and can become motivated to act.
Lemonade and Refugees: Acting on Our Prayers
To celebrate the last day of school, I got together with several other moms and our kids at a local park to eat snacks, play, and kick off our summer break. As we chatted, we briefly discussed having a lemonade stand to raise money for an organization that helps refugees.
Ways to Give Back: Pray
At the 2016 BYU Women’s Conference, LDS Charities put up a board and invited attendees to share how they were going to take part in the “I Was a Stranger” initiative. As sisters scrawled down their own personal commitments, one theme that appeared over and over again was prayer.
Giving Time and Service
When I contacted Refugee Focus, I discovered that there was more to becoming involved than just wanting to help. I had to apply for a volunteer position—much like applying for a paying job. This seemed a bit overwhelming, but I remembered the strong promptings I had felt that we needed to help those in our own city.
Pinewood Derby for Refugees
I had the idea to hold a pinewood derby event with refugees, but I was pretty nervous to present it. I used to work at a school with a large number of refugee children, so I called the school to see if they felt this idea was even feasible. When they expressed their support, I decided that I would make this event happen.
Finding a Way to Serve
Shortly after the April 2016 general conference, I did a quick internet search to find organizations that serve refugees in my area. Many opportunities required long-term commitments or hours and tasks that I wouldn’t be able to manage as a stay-at-home parent. I was unsure whether I could be of much help.
40 Ways to Help Refugees in Your Community
If you want to serve refugees but don't know what to do, here is a list of 40 ways to help that can get you started.
A Little Kindness
I made a new friend today. Her name is Yasmine, and she is Muslim. In the past, I had seen her at our local pool, and I had once asked where she had found her daughter’s cute, modest swimsuit.
Helping Close to Home
My name is Avery, and I’m 10 years old. This past summer, I met a family named the Willards. They live in Utah, but they came to our city in Texas for a summer internship.
With the Lord’s Help
I worried that teaching ESL at nights was taking away from our very limited family time. I prayed to Heavenly Father about what I should do and felt that He would show me how to work it all out, and He did.