Building Community Together Picnic
Jun
23
12:00 PM12:00

Building Community Together Picnic

Join us for the Fourth Annual Open Doors for Refugees Building Community Together Picnic. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to pass. Utensils, bread, and drinks will be provided along with additional food from area restaurants and grocery stores.

*** The event will go on rain or shine. We have a large event tent to help keep the kids’ games and activities dry while the pavilion will shelter the food and everyone enjoying the meal.

Entertainment will start at 12:30 and food will be served at 1:00.

Special thanks to our event sponsors:

Willy Street Coop

Ian’s Pizza

Kin-Kin Coffee

Glass Nickel Pizza

Festival Foods

Kessenich’s

Trader Joe’s

Mad Shawarma

Madison Sourdough

Manna Cafe

Banzo

Buraka

To view a flyer of the event that you can share, please click here.

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World Refugee Day Town Hall Event
Jun
20
6:00 PM18:00

World Refugee Day Town Hall Event

This event is free and open to the public and co-hosted by Jewish Social Services of Madison and Madison Refugee Union Hall Event – Panel Discussion on Coming to Madison as a Refugee. June 20th is World Refugee Day. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be resettled in Madison? Come listen and ask questions of resettlement professionals and Madison residents of refugee background.  Light refreshments provided.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/world-refugee-day-town-hall-event-tickets-62742733204


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World Refugee Day Film and Panel Discussion
Jun
17
6:00 PM18:00

World Refugee Day Film and Panel Discussion

This event is free and open to the public and co-hosted by JSS and Madison Refugee Union

Screening of award-winning documentary, “This is Home” followed by a panel discussion. “This is Home” is an intimate portrait of four Syrian refugee families arriving in America and struggling to find their footing. Watch the film and get the chance to discuss what it’s like to be resettled in Madison with those of have experienced it.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/world-refugee-day-film-and-panel-discussion-tickets-62743538613

http://gidalyapictures.com/portfolio/this-is-home/  


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May Bi-Monthly Meeting
May
15
7:00 PM19:00

May Bi-Monthly Meeting

Come join us to learn more about Open Doors for Refugees and how you can get involved in helping refugees in the Madison area.

***We’ve had Introductory meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of every month for nearly three years.  If you’re interested in learning more about Open Doors, and if and how you might want to get involved, we hope to see you at this meeting.  After May we will have these Introductory meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of every other month, with the following meeting on July 17.  We also hope to couple those meetings with various aspects of volunteer training.  Please continue checking our website for more information on that as July 17th gets closer.

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Faith Communities Addressing White Supremacy
Mar
24
1:30 PM13:30

Faith Communities Addressing White Supremacy

Join together with your neighbors, city leaders, spiritual leaders, and other Madisonians to this community event.

Confirmed speakers include: Honorable Judge/ Pastor Everett Mitchell, Rabbi Betsy Forester, Assistant District Attorney Awais Khaleel, Muslim Community Leader and Imam Ibrahim Saeed, and Pardeep Kaleka.

This event will create space to mourn the lives lost in tragic events in faith communities, especially considering the massacre that just occurred in New Zealand.

This space will also be a place to create solutions to fighting white supremacy through interfaith solidarity. City, community, and religious leaders will facilitate this dialogue.

Everyone is welcome. Free and open to the public. Come with ideas, contributions, or simply to be present.

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January Monthly Meeting
Jan
16
7:00 PM19:00

January Monthly Meeting

Refugees are arriving again and we need your help!

Last month three new families arrived, and two more are expected next month. We especially need help with collecting donations, setting up apartments, and providing transportation. If you're interested, we hope to see you at the meeting so you can learn more about what we do and get involved.

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December Monthly Meeting
Dec
19
7:00 PM19:00

December Monthly Meeting

Because of the holidays, we won't have our usual 3rd Wednesday Introductory Meeting in December. The monthly intro meetings will resume on January 16, 7pm, at Warner Park on the north side of Madison.

 

Happy holidays everyone. We are so thankful for the many blessings we have and are able to share.

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Welcoming Week 2018
Sep
14
to Sep 23

Welcoming Week 2018

Open Doors is proud to sponsor Welcoming Week - September 14-23, 2018.  Welcoming Week is a nationwide annual series of events in which communities bring together immigrants, refugees, and native-born residents to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone. This is our second year as members of Welcoming America and we are excited to carry on our tradition of holding engaging events both for our community at large and also for our newcomer refugee families!

https://www.welcomingamerica.org/

To view the full schedule of events, click here.

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Second Annual Jammin’ for Refugees: A Benefit Concert for Open Doors for Refugees
Aug
9
6:00 PM18:00

Second Annual Jammin’ for Refugees: A Benefit Concert for Open Doors for Refugees

Doors open at 6:00/Show starts 7:00

Tickets can be purchased here.

Please join the acclaimed singer-songwriter Peter Mulvey for a inspriring performance in support of Madison's refugee community. Peter is a fabulously creative, talented and humorous musician, touring nationally and internationally since the early ‘90s, with 17 albums under his guitar. He performed a captivating sold-out show for Open Doors last year. Nickel&Rose, a Milwaukee duo who play a unique blend of West African, Blues, Bluegrass, Folk and Jazz, will open the show.

An array of traditional foods prepared by refugees, as well as beverages, will be available for sale before and during the show. Come early and come hungry!

Tickets are $20+service charge here, or $25 at the door if available. Space is limited.

Proceeds from the show will go towards school supplies for refugee children.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy music, humor, conversation and food, while you support refugees in the Madison area.

Sponsorship for this event is generously provided by Music Makes a Difference, a nonprofit organization that supports live music and the artists that make it while also raising funds for local charities www.musicmakesadifference.info.

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Community Picnic
Jun
24
12:00 PM12:00

Community Picnic

This gathering reflects and enhances our rich diversity and is a wonderful opportunity to meet, greet, and converse. Join us and enjoy a potluck of foods from many traditions and cuisines, great music, and games for children and adults.

Please bring a dish to share if you attend this event.

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Willy St. Coop
Festival Foods
Wisconsin Public Radio

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ON EXILE Film Screening
Apr
28
1:30 PM13:30

ON EXILE Film Screening

Open Doors for Refugees and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art invite you to a special screening and discussion of ON EXILE, elsewhere within here, a video artwork by José Carlos Teixeira. The artist will give a short introduction before the film and will offer additional comments during the Q&A following the screening.

The film presents the first-hand narratives of Muslim refugees who—having fled Syria, Iraq, Somalia, and Sudan—are currently living in the Midwest. They have escaped from hardships such as civil wars, ISIS, and dictatorial governments that crack down on protesters appealing for basic human rights. Weaving together stories into a poignant collage of voices, Teixeira presents us with a film that reminds us to take time to listen and to care about what we hear.

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ON EXILE: Elsewhere
Mar
10
to May 12

ON EXILE: Elsewhere

  • Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

ON EXILE: Elsewhere is an ongoing film that will be featured at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.  This opening night event will feature artist Jose Carlos Teixiera discussing his work.

To learn more, click here to view the Cap Times Article about the film.

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Freeze for Food 5K/10K
Mar
3
11:15 AM11:15

Freeze for Food 5K/10K

Join the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Wisconsin-Madison for the 37th Annual Freeze for Food, which is raising funds to support ODFR's food relief efforts.

Both the 5K and 10K events start and end at the Vilas Park Shelter, near Lake Wingra. The 5K route runs through Vilas Park and along other nearby roads on the northern end of Lake Wingra. The 10K route circles Lake Wingra, passing through the UW-Madison Arboretum.

This event is never cancelled due to weather. 

For more information and to register, go to this website.

You can also volunteer by clicking here.

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Other Side of Hope Film Screening
Feb
10
7:00 PM19:00

Other Side of Hope Film Screening

The newest feature from Finland’s most celebrated auteur follows the unpredictable exploits of a Syrian refugee in Helsinki. Searching for his sister and facing deportation back to Aleppo, Khaled (Haji) escapes a holding center and finds an unlikely group of protectors: the owner and staff of a failing restaurant. Filled with Kaurismäki’s patented deadpan humor, The Other Side of Hope ultimately offers a moving, humane depiction of a city and its big-hearted denizens. Presented with support from UW Madison’s Middle Eastern Studies program.

For more information click here.

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Roller Derby Fundraiser
Jan
13
3:45 PM15:45

Roller Derby Fundraiser

Join us at this Mad Rollin Dolls Derby event that will see a portion of proceeds go to Open Doors for Refugees.  The doors open at 3:45 PM and the first game starts at 4:15 PM.  

  • Tickets are $10 in advance if bought at one of the ticket outlets in Madison: Willy Street Co-op Locations, Pegasus Games, Mr. Rudds BarberShop (in Sun Prairie), and 608 Skate (inside Fast Forward Skate Center).
  • Online ticket pre-sales are $12 for adults, $6 for children 6-11 (under 6 are always FREE) - Online Tickets Link
  • Tickets at the door are $15.
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