One of TRAC’s goals is to provide opportunities for TWU and the surrounding community to get involved with local groups and organizations working with refugees in different capacities. Scroll down to see volunteer opportunities, sign up for more information, and to learn more about our partner organizations.
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The MEFC is a volunteer-run organization in Surrey that provides services and support to refugees and families. Some of these services include ESL classes, community dinners, counselling, housewares and furniture, transportation, driver’s education, music lessons, and help with paperwork and documents. TRAC is partnering with the MEFC to provide volunteer support. Internships are also available with the MEFC through TWU. Additionally, the MEFC accepts donations of housewares, furniture, etc. The founders of the centre are dedicated, compassionate, and welcoming, and would love support in their work. The Centre works with over 1000 families in Surrey, Langley, Burnaby, and the surrounding area.
Inasmuch House in Abbotsford provides transition housing for refugee claimants, or “asylum seekers.” Inasmuch provides living basics, guidance and mentorship, English coaching, and most importantly, safety, trust, and relationship. TRAC hopes to provide Inasmuch with volunteer support, donations, and services as needs arise.
The Refugee and Immigrant Welcome Centre in Surrey offers free services for newcomers to help them settle and engage with the local community. These services include English classes, employment services, financial and documentation assistance, seminars, and help finding community resources.
New Hope Community Services Society
New Hope welcomes and supports refugee claimants and immigrants through housing, employment, and community in Surrey. Their mission is to see these individuals become integrated, independent, and productive members of Canadian society. They accomplish these goals through housing in conjunction with social, personal, spiritual, educational and vocational support.
Kinbrace: Refugee Housing and Support
Kinbrace works with asylum seekers arriving in Canada to provide housing, transition support, and community. Kinbrace is based in East Vancouver, but as housing gets more expensive and in higher demand, families are needing to move further away from Vancouver. TRAC hopes to provide Kinbrace with services and connections in the Langley area and with the TWU community. Many opportunities are available for providing services, friendship, and support to refugee families.
PuCKS is a program in Langley dedicated to promoting community and activities for children who recently resettled in Canada or are financially in-need. TRAC hopes to provide PuCKS with volunteer support in their sports and tutoring programs.
Mennonite Central Committee
The Mennonite Central Committee is a global organization pursuing relief, development, and peace in the name of Christ. MCC works in over fifty countries, responding to crises and offering various programs. MCC is a sponsorship agreement holder that assists various groups like TRAC in sponsoring refugees. TRAC also provides volunteers to assist in MCC programs offered to local newcomers.
The Alan and Ghalib Kurdi Foundation is an organization founded by Tima Kurdi that raises funds to provide food, school supplies, and medication to children living in refugee camps. The Kurdi's run the foundation from Vancouver, but take part in conferences and talks around the world to raise awareness to their cause.
The Alan and Ghalib Kurdi Foundation
TRAC hopes to support many of the local churches acting as sponsorship groups in the Fraser Valley. There are opportunities for to support these groups through tutoring, teaching English, and providing friendship/mentorship.