UPDATE: Collingwood's first Syrian family settles in.
Welcome to the Collingwood Syrian Family Sponsorship Fund
17.07.2016 – The Collingwood Syrian Refugee Sponsorship Committee is very pleased to introduce the first of our two sponsored Syrian families.
Collingwood's first family of newcomers from Syria, the Bozans, have passed their several weeks in their new country and are settling in well. The children each have bikes donated by the Collingwood OPP and four of the children have joyfully joined the Collingwood United Youth soccer league...no English required! ...a special thanks to the soccer league and Play it Again Sports for their generous and enthusiastic support of the children.
Collingwood and area continues to amaze all of us involved with their warm generosity. We’ve raised more than $90,000 since the beginning of this humanitarian effort in late September 2015. 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 and All Saints Anglican Churches, as well as numerous other community groups, and the support has been nothing short of astounding.
The Committee is expecting our second family of Syrian newcomers to arrive in 2017 but actual dates are not know until just prior to a family being assigned.
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.