The Issue: Resources for Refugees Arriving in United States
According to the U.S. Committee for Refugees, there are approximately 14 million refugees worldwide, due to violence and persecution that have led them to flee their countries. Many refugees arrive in the United States with very few belongings or resources after spending years in teeming refugee camps.
The Campaign: Food for Newly Immigrated Families
If this Grassroots campaign raises $270, then the ECDC African Community Center can provide two months' worth of meals for one newly immigrated family of three. Each additional $9 raised will be used to supply the family with enough food for another two days, including 1 gallon of milk, two loaves of bread, a dozen eggs, and one bag of white rice.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
ECDC African Community Center
The ECDC African Community Center (ACC), which is the Ethiopian Community Development Council’s refugee-resettlement branch in Las Vegas, provides those who have recently arrived in the United States with cross-cultural training, educational development, and support services, as well as increasing public awareness about refugee and immigrant issues.
The ECDC’s clients arrive in Las Vegas from refugee camps across the globe, and have lived in camps for an average of five–seven years. As part of its supportive services for families who have recently arrived, the ACC supplies them with meals while they adjust to their new surroundings. This year's caseload may include as many as 400 families, which range from a single-parent family with one child to families of nine.