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Newcomers and volunteers working together to build more welcoming communities.

A Long-time Volunteer: “Putting Empathy in Motion”

Why does a long-time Welcome Group volunteer stay involved?

For National Volunteer Week, we’re featuring Sara’s volunteer experiences with Together Project and her reflections on the National Volunteer Week theme, “Empathy in Action.”

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Volunteering as a Cultural Ambassador: “A Small Piece of Time with a Big Impact”

What’s it like to be a Cultural Ambassador with Together Project?

For National Volunteer Week, we’re featuring Paula and her experience as a child refugee, her innovative solutions for engaging youth online, and so much more.

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Three Welcome Groups and Counting: Matching the Rhythm of Newcomer Refugees

What is it really like to be a Welcome Group volunteer in a match?

For National Volunteer Week, Kathleen talks about her experiences volunteering in three matches, and shares an important message about finding the right rhythm.

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Seeking Swahili Volunteers in Ottawa!

Calling Swahili-speakers in Ottawa: we have East African families who are ready to make their first Canadian connections!

Volunteer with us as part of a Welcome Group or as a Cultural Ambassador– both roles are important and would go a long way to help a refugee newcomer family in Ottawa.

Please get in touch with us at if you have any questions.

We’d love to hear from you!

A First Friend in Canada: Former Settlement Worker Jennilee Austria Reflects on Together Project

Meet Jennilee, Communications Coordinator at Together Project!

As a former School Settlement Worker, Jennilee reflects on the feeling that no matter how much she would support her newcomer clients, she always felt like they needed more than she could give.

After working in various “settlement-adjacent” jobs, she discovered Together Project, where she was delighted to find a thriving program that could help settlement workers sleep better at night.

As the Communications Coordinator, Jennilee will be celebrating Together Project’s successes on social media, promoting volunteer opportunities in Toronto, Ottawa, and Surrey, and keeping tabs on the latest helpful resources to support newcomers.

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What is Refugee Rights Day?

What’s the link between Refugee Rights Day and a group of Indian and Guyanese refugee claimants in 1985?

This day commemorates the Singh Decision of April 4th, 1985 when the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that everyone, including refugee claimants, has the right to life, liberty, and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof.

This ruling is known as the Singh Decision to recognize Harbhajan Singh, Sadhu Singh Thandi, Paramjit Singh Mann, Kewal Singh, Charanjit Singh Gill, Indrani Singh and Satnam Singh– a group of Indian and Guyanese refugee claimants who changed the course of Canadian history to protect the fundamental rights of refugees.

At Together Project, we stand in solidarity with refugee newcomers and uphold our commitment to welcoming them as they begin their new lives in Canada.

To support refugee newcomers, we have an extensive list of Resources Page. From services for infants to seniors, our page shines a spotlight on some incredible initiatives. Tell us if you know of a program or organization we could add to our Resources Page!