Join Us for Our

2nd Annual World Refugee Day Block Party

Maclay and N. 2nd Streets
Harrisburg, PA 17110

12PM - 3PM

June 22, 2024

2023 Event Recap

Our 2024 event is outdoors, rain or shine, and includes free family-friendly activities and live multicultural entertainment.  DJ Bernie will be back for a second year!

Food may be purchased from a small food truck court.

Event partners include the Dauphin County Library System, PA. Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Network, Llah Charity, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and the Vietnamese Alliance Church of Enola.  

The event's free activities and multicultural entertainment are made possible through sponsorships. Sponsorships are welcomed! Questions? Please contact Erika Juran, Development Officer at


  • *Henna by Ahmadiyya Muslim Community  
  • Bounce Obstacle Course 
  • Photobooth by Naterpix 
  • Human-sized Hamster Wheel by Kinetic Kreations 
  • *Face Painting by Creative Faces- Changing the Way You Look 
  • *Handmade Toys and Craft Kits (while supplies last)
  • *Sidewalk Chalk by Sidewalk Chalk PA 
  • *Dauphin County Library System Fun Area 
  • Baby goat petting by Steinmetz Family Farm 
  • Visiting animals by Critter Connections  
  • *Singing Princesses courtesy of Princess Party 
  • Balloon art by Air Weaver Balloons *we are grateful to these organizations for providing services for free or a significant discount

Cultural Entertainment by McGinley School of Irish Dance, Sunshine Dance Club, Singing Princesses and Bumbada! Women Drummers 

We're Seeking Sponsors!

We’re relying on generous sponsors to help us cover the event costs and execute a memorable event for our neighborhood! Each activity is being sponsored by caring businesses and organizations in our region for the benefit of our friends in the neighborhood.


Event Sponsor


  • All previous level benefits

  • Opportunity to speak from the music "stage"

  • Host an outreach table or booth

Food Sponsor


  • All previous level benefits

  • Individual Social Media Highlight

  • Linked logo on event website

Arts Sponsor


  • All previous level benefits

  • Sponsor Yard Sign at event

  • Mention in event press release

Activity Sponsor


  • Social media, email, and website mention

  • Promo Flyer mention

Thank You!

To Our Event Vendors

JUNE 20, 2024

World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day (WRD) is an international day designated by the United Nations to honor refugees around the globe. It falls each year on June 20. Refugees are our friends, neighbors and valued community members- teachers, parents, business owners, volunteers, advocates, and sponsors. From the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) website (

"Whoever they are, people forced to flee should be treated with dignity. Anyone can seek protection, regardless of who they are or what they believe. It is non-negotiable: seeking safety is a human right. Wherever they come from, people forced to flee should be welcomed. Refugees come from all over the globe. To get out of harm’s way, they might take a plane, a boat, or travel on foot. What remains universal is the right to seek safety. Whenever people are forced to flee, they have a right to be protected. Whatever the threat – war, violence, persecution – everyone deserves protection. Everyone has a right to be safe.”

Resettlement: Alaa''s Story

As a Syrian refugee, I left my home back in Damascus in 2011 and lived in Egypt until I came to the US in 2022. I arrived in the USA with four precious children, my heart full of dreams for our new life. For so long, my focus had been on my family and our home, ensuring their safety and well-being amidst the chaos of war and hardship. But now, in this land of freedom and opportunity, I yearn to contribute to the financial stability of my family too.

"The CWS Marketplace, has revitalized my life, igniting a newfound belief in myself and
my abilities. I’m proud to say that my children, who have been my rock throughout this journey, now beam with pride for their mother. With the support of CWS Marketplace, I’m not only nourishing people’s bodies with my food, but I’m also feeding their understanding and acceptance of my culture and family. My dreams are coming true, and the future looks brighter with every meal I serve.”


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CWS Harrisburg offers just and sustainable services to local refugees, immigrants, asylum-seekers, and other uprooted people seeking safety.

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