#ygkChallenge: Refugee Relief Fund

Refugee Relief Fund, United Way, Kingston, OntarioThe #ygkchallenge is an ongoing series where we dare you to be different, resolve to be better, and or do something awesome in support of our beloved community. Each week, Kingstonist establishes a new, ambitious or quirky goal, encouraging you to step out of your comfort zone and do something great, and hopefully a little out of the ordinary. By taking part in this community-wide initiative, we hope to make Kingston (and the world) a slightly better place to live, work and play.

This week’s #ygkchallenge encourages you to:

Donate to the Refugee Relief Fund. Since May 2016, a total of 200 refugees have arrived and settled in the Kingston area.  This opportunity has been made possible thanks to the local Community Refugee Relief Fund, which is managed locally by the United Way Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington in partnership with The City of Kingston, Kingston Community Health Centres, KEYS, Community Foundation of Kingston & Area, the County of Frontenac, and the County of Lennox & Addington.  The fund is used to cover expenses that aren’t provided for elsewhere such as medical devices, dental and interpretation services, and employment certifications.  The existence and strength of this fund is a direct reflection of Kingston’s commitment to successfully resettling refugees in the region.

If you’re interested in giving refugees a happy start and warm welcome to Kingston, consider making a donation to the fund via the United Way.

Join us in completing this week’s #ygkchallenge by liking it on Facebook and/or re-Tweeting it on Twitter. By liking and sharing, you’re not only committing to doing something great, but you’re also helping us spread the word and hopefully encouraging others to participate.

Image credit to Tawheed Manzoor.

Harvey Kirkpatrick

Harvey Kirkpatrick is Kingstonist's Co-Founder. His features curiously explore urban planning, what if scenarios, the local food scene and notable Kingstonians. Loves playing tourist and listening to rap music. Learn more about Harvey...

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