UPDATE: Collingwood's first refugee family will be arriving the first week of June!

Welcome to the Collingwood Syrian Family Sponsorship Fund


17.05.2016 – The Collingwood Syrian Refugee Sponsorship Committee is very pleased to announce the arrival of Collingwood's first Syrian family in the first week of June.

After extensive and thorough preparation and all the committees in place, Collingwood has been selected to assist a Syrian family. The details are few at this point, although the family consists of a mom and dad and their children. The family is travelling from Turkey. The name of the family is not known but we have now been informed officially that they will be arriving in he first week of June. We will have more information to share as we meet the family members and gradually introduce them to the community.

Co-Chairs, Tara Bailey and Thom Vincent, expressed with great enthusiasm, “We would like to take this opportunity to thank the extremely generous support of the community. Collingwood and area continue to amaze all of us involved, with the warm generosity that our residents display. We’ve raised more than $90,000 since the beginning of this humanitarian effort in late September. As well, we sourced housing, furniture, transportation volunteers, ESL volunteers (English as a Second Language), a welcoming committee and people willing to assist in any way we might require. It could not have been accomplished without each and every person giving from the heart”.

The committee joined forces with Trinity United Church, All Saints Anglican Church as well as the First Presbyterian church and numerous community groups and the support has been described as nothing short of astounding.


An income tax receipt will be issued for your donation

  • 1. Subsidize travel costs to Toronto and Collingwood
  • 2. Subsidize appropriate housing in Collingwood
  • 3. Provide food for the family
  • 4. Transportation as required
  • 5. Counselling as needed regarding community orientation
  • 6. English tutoring as needed
  • 7. Assistance with pre-school or daycare as needed
  • 8. Provide assistance with public schools as needed

Our Syrian Sponsorship Committee has access to many resources that will help reduce some of the above costs. If you are able to donate household or personal items such as furniture, bedding, toys, etc. visit the Contacts Page on this site to learn about the Sharing Registry.




The Syrian Crisis Explained...


Your donation to The Syrian Family Sponsorship Fund will be routed through a special donation page provided by our partnering organization, Elephant Thoughts Educational Outreach.

Elephant Thoughts is a locally-based, international charity celebrated for its award-winning educational and humanitarian work across Canada and around the world.

Elephant Thoughts' generous support of this project enables us to provide you with an income tax receipt for donations of $20 or more.

Thank you to Elephant Thoughts...and, thank You!



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