The Refugee Task Force has a long history of assisting refugee and immigrant families with the transition into life in Columbus. Since 1977, they have worked closely with resettlement agencies such as CRIS (Community Refugee and Immigration Services) and UsTogether to sponsor new arrivals and to assist with emergency funds for expenses and unexpected costs not covered by federal assistance. They also help special needs situations, such as in-home English tutoring for those unable to attend group classes.
The Refugee Task Force operates entirely on donations from the church and community. If you would like to help, donations are accepted online here.
The Refugee Task Force is not accepting winter clothing this season due to the availability of coats for distribution from Burlington stores.
- Twin mattress in good, clean condition
- Smallish round dining table with four chairs
- One car suitable for a large family
Employment positions wanted:
- Job as driver: Can drive 26 ft box truck or car. Has experience. Cannot do loading or other physical work. Refugee with citizenship. Good English. Willing to work, Needs income to support a family of 5.
- Maintenance technician: Refugee with good electrical technician skills. Currently working in hotel maintenance, néeds work with regular hours to support a large family. Limited English skills, but a willing learner.
Refugee Task Force members’ direct interaction with new Americans is a valuable window into the world outside our church and provides opportunities to learn about other cultures and create lasting friendships. Want to help?
Provide one on one English tutoring in a refugee’s home on a weekly basis. RTF volunteers and refugees gain understanding of each other’s cultures in an informal setting and the refugee has one-to-one help with English, beginning to advanced. Teaching materials and guidance is provided. We will partner you with another tutor if you are unable to make a weekly commitment.
Assist with the Burlington Coat drive. For the past 6 years RTF was the designated distributor of coats for the national Burlington Stores Coat Drive held November through January. Pick up donated coats from stores and deliver to local refugee organizations for distribution.
Collect and deliver donated furniture and household items for apartment set ups. The commitment is on an as needed basis. Truck or large van is helpful but not required.
Advocate for refugees. Be willing to make phone calls, write letters, meet with legislators on behalf of refugees. The RTF responds to requests from CRIS (see above) when support is needed for refugee policies.
The Refugee Task Force meets monthly on the second Tuesday, 7:00, South Campus.
Questions or unsure how you can be of service?
For more information contact:
Mary Buzby, Co-Chair at 614-284-6746
Mission Office 614 488.0681 x106