Helping Refugees on World Refugee Day (and every day)

Today is World Refugee Day. We’re reminded that the refugee crisis has grown in recent years, with a staggering 70 million people displaced from their homes today.

We’ve heard many of you tell us that recent border separations and international conflicts left you feeling disoriented and wishing to help - but unsure of what to do. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a quick list of ways, sorted by difficulty, that you can make a direct impact on the global refugee crisis today. Feel free to check out the article -- we've highlighted just a couple opportunities from the article here.

  1. Raise Awareness: if you’re passionate about refugee resettlement and rights, let your network know! Re-share content about the refugee crisis, how others can help (like this article) and what you’ve personally done to impact refugees. If you use social media, use hashtags like #StandWithRefugees and #RefugeesWelcome.
  2. Host a giving campaign: Host a donation drive, encouraging friends and family to give to refugee causes and raising awareness (two birds, one stone!). It takes just a few minutes to set up a Facebook donation campaign or a GoFundMe. Bonus: Turn the giving campaign into an in-person event, like a 5k run or an office party. We provided some useful tips around throwing your own miles drive here. Nonprofit organizations often welcome campaign partnerships with corporations as well. If you’re a company interested in sponsoring an employee giving campaign, we’d love to partner with you!
  3. Invest in a refugee’s future: Various resettlement agencies and organizations offer employer partnerships to help your company find talent from the refugee community. The International Rescue Committee, one of our partners, has a great resource describing why refugees make great employees.

And of course, you can always donate miles and/or cash to support our mission to reunite families. If you don’t have miles to donate, you can also donate cash will be used to help refugees and asylum seekers reunite with family. Cash donations to Miles4Migrants are commonly used to cover taxes and fees for award travel.

[Photo: Angelino and his daughter Angie fled violence in Honduras but were separated at the US border. They were reunited after 326 days apart. Photo from CBS.]

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