Syrian Refugee Re-Settlement – Find help and Give Help with 211

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Many communities across Ontario are getting ready to welcome thousands of Syrian refugees in the coming weeks and months, and 211 is here to help! 211 is available by phone, 24/7, in more than 150 languages to help newcomers learn about the services available, and understand how to access them. Looking for services? Search or click on the topic icons on our homepage at www.211ontario.ca

Download our brochure which includes six languages: English, French, Persian, Sorani Kurdish, Arabic, Kurmanji-Kurdish for Syrian refugees.

In partnership with more than 30 data partners across the province, we are updating our database daily to include new and extended programs that will serve our newest residents when they arrive, and long into their settlement process.

Interested in VOLUNTEERING?

The Ontario Government is encouraging Ontario residents and agencies to connect online, using the SPARK Ontario site to both post volunteer needs, and find volunteer opportunities. Agencies in need of volunteer support for local welcoming efforts are encouraged to post their opportunities, and Ontarians looking for ways to help can visit www.findmyspark.ca

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Many local and provincial agencies are raising money to support the needs of Syrian refugees. The Ontario Government has published a web page that provides guidance on the many ways Ontarians can help. To help locally and abroad, financial donations can be directed to organizations like Canadian Red Cross and UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), and to those collecting funds and goods to distribute at a local level through settlement agencies or United Way agencies.

Visit http://www.ontario.ca/page/syrian-refugees-how-you-can-help

Many local United Ways, faith groups and community organizations are also accepting donations. To find an agency near you, call 2-1-1, or visit our search page.

Interested in FINDING HELP?

Local settlement agencies are located throughout the province, and are coordinating help for Syrian refugees and their families. Many municipalities have created new web pages to provide targeted information to refugees and the people supporting them.

To find a local settlement agency supporting refugees in your community, visit www.welcomeontario.ca. This website is managed provincially by OCASI (Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants), and is fueled by resource data from the 211 Ontario system.

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