Harrisburg's World Refugee Day Block Party
In celebration of World Refugee Day and Harrisburg’s welcoming community, we are hosting a community fair on June 24, 2023, from noon-3 PM (rain or shine). This FREE and fun afternoon of activities, food, and entertainment for all local families at our office lot at Maclay and N. 2nd Streets.
Some of those activities already planned include a baby goat petting zoo, face and henna painting, a DJ, photo booth, and a balloon artist.
World Refugee Day is an international day designated by the United Nations to honor refugees around the globe and it falls each year on June 20.
June 24, 2023
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.
Contact Erika Juran with questions and for sponsorship details at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 717-660-5312.
JUNE 20, 2023
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. From the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) website (unhcr.org):
"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.”
Since opening in March 2022 through September 2022, CWS Harrisburg:
new refugee neighbors welcomed from Central African Republic, Venezuela, Syria, Guatemala, Iraq, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burma, Afghanistan.
new Afghan neighbors welcomed through the APA program.
bed sets provided to new families, thanks to donations from West Shore Free Church.
items made by refugee artisans sold through CWS Harrisburg Marketplace program. These handmade crafts directly support the women who create them as well as CWS Harrisburg programs.
to-go food boxes sold for International Friendsgiving Fundraiser. These culturally-diverse meals to go utilized favorite new neighbor recipes to raise funds for CWS programs.