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Welcome Group Program Selected as a “Promising Practice” by Pathways to Prosperity

Together Project’s Welcome Group Program has been selected as a “Promising Practice” by the Pathways to Prosperity Project.

To learn more about the program, download the Welcome Group brief and check out the video interview with Together Project’s co-directors here.

Interview with Phil N. – Welcome Group Volunteer

“The Welcome Group Program gives volunteers the chance to participate in their community, to give back, and to learn more about different cultures and newcomer communities,” said Welcome Group volunteer Phil N.

“We were able to achieve multiple goals with the family members. For example, we found the desired high school for one family member and we helped the father get a job at a top-tier grocery story by preparing him for the interview and for the training orientations. I would encourage everyone who is thinking about volunteering with Together Project to go ahead and make a difference in newcomers’ lives, and, at the same time, bring fun and fulfillment into their own lives.”

For more of his story, click the link below!

#TogetherHello (Photo: Ardean Peters)

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Together Project Co-Directors Speak with Social Impact Advisors About Building Newcomer Social Connections

How do we build more welcoming communities? How do we support newcomer efforts to create social connections, acquire social capital and find meaningful work in Canada?

Together Project Co-Directors Anna Hill and Andrew Lusztyk speak with Sally Fazal of Social Impact Advisors about how community volunteers can support refugee integration.

Click here to listen to the full podcast!

Interview with Kelly Cavanaugh – Communications Volunteer

“Offering friendship to new immigrants is rewarding,” said Communications volunteer Kelly Cavanaugh.

“It feels good to be helpful and make friends with people that are from a different culture. I just want to continue to be friends with these newcomers and help when I can. The Together Project is such a great outlet for this.”

For more of her story, click the link below!

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Interview with Sawsen AlFaraj – Welcome Group Volunteer

“I have always loved volunteering and I often seek volunteer opportunities wherever I go,” said Welcome Group volunteer Sawsen AlFaraj.

“When I moved to Toronto in the summer of 2017, I was looking for oppurtunities where I could be most useful and when I found that Together Project often services Syrian refugees, I knew that I could offer translation and interpretation since I’m fluent in both English and Arabic. Also, as a newcomer myself, I thought that my personal experience may, in some way, be relatable and in some way, it was.”

For more of her story, click the link below!

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Interview with Hanen Nanaa – Event Volunteer

“I thought that if I volunteered at places like that, it would be helpful for the newcomer but at the same time helpful for me because I would learn from the newcomer and Canadians as well,” said Hanen Nanaa.

For more of her volunteering experience, click below!

#TogetherHello (Photo: Hani Al- Moulia)

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