Ways to Make an Impact

Below, you will find a menu of ways to make an impact in the life of a refugee.

ADVOCATE - There are several things you can do today to make an immediate impact on the U.S. refugee resettlement program and our ECDC ACC:

  1. Sign up for ECDC ACC's newsletter (at the bottom of www.acc-den.org) and for our advocacy group. And, "like us" on Facebook.
  2. Call our 2 Colorado Senators, ask where they stand, tell them where you stand, and ask them to start the process in Congress to repeal the Executive Order.  Do the same with your representative.
  3. Watch Facebook as community advocates share events for meeting at elected officials' offices on pages such as Colorado Welcomes Refugees. You as an individual citizen can also go anytime and ask elected officials to meet with you. Tell them why refugees are so important to you and to America.
  4. Write letters to our elected officials. Tell them why you care and ask them to repeal the Executive Order.
  5. Share any and all of this with your friends, near and far. Every voice is critical!

SHARE - Tell at least three friends about refugees in our community.

INVOLVE KIDS - Have your child make a “Welcome to the United States” card for newcomer families and mail or deliver them to our office. 5250 Leetsdale Dr. Ste 200 | Denver, CO 80245

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  • Have your lead a coin drive at their school to raise money for ACC
  • Have your child lead a school supply/toiletries drive at their school

SHARE YOUR BIRTHDAY -  Start a giving campaign on ACC’s Colorado Gives page and ask your friends and family to donate to ACC for your birthday this year.

RUN, BIKE, OR ACHIEVE A GOAL WITH ACC - You can turn any race or event or personal goal into a fundraiser for ACC. Start a fundraising campaign on ACC’s Colorado Gives page and ask others to contribute toward your goal.

INSPIRE YOUR COMPANY - Companies often offer “matching programs” for donations you make to the charities you love. ACC also offers volunteer activities for corporations. Please connect us to your company if you think they might be interested in volunteering or corporate sponsorship's.

COLLECT - ACC is always in need of household items (pots, pans, dishes, bedding, etc.). Please check the donate section for our most up to date list of needs. Maybe a group that you belong to, or your child’s school, would like to host a drive!

CELEBRATE - ACC holds many events throughout the year. Visit our events page often!

VOLUNTEER - Sign up for periodic volunteering, ongoing help, or an internship. We would love to have you!

DONATE - The easiest way to make an impact is to invest in refugee services. Start with a $10/month investment today.

 

SHOP - ACC’s We Made This social enterprise teaches refugees the art of sewing and unlocks the potential for economic self-sufficiency. Shop at ACC’s office or at www.wemadethis.com.


ACC’s Rice & Beans Challenge

The Rice & Beans Challenge is a week-long show of support and commitment for refugee resettlement. You’ll commit to raising funds for each meal you eat, or eating rice and beans instead. Many of the refugees ECDC African Community Center resettles come from refugees camps where they eat daily meals of rice and beans and live on less than $2 a day. Put yourself in their shoes. Every dollar raised from this challenge will go directly to programs benefiting refugees in our community.

  1. Educate yourself on refugee issues—go to acc-den.org or embracerefugees.org.

  2. Find 9 (or more) friends to join you so that you aren’t alone in this challenge! Decide the details of your challenge together- there are many variations available!

  3. Set-up your fundraising page on Colorado Gives’ website for ECDC ACC. Go to coloradogives.org and click on “Fundraise for Your Favorite Non-profit.”

  4. Use our R&B cookbook! Buy a week’s worth of your favorite rice and bean combos.

  5. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and social media connections about what you’re doing. Secure those donations so you can eat! We suggest a $25 donation per meal. Raise funds and eat what you wish; don’t raise funds and eat rice and beans. Pick a donation level that you are comfortable with!

  6. Raise $525 ($25/meal; 3 meals for 7 days is 21 meals; 21 x $25=525) and you’ll get a $25 gift certificate to We Made This! Other gifts available too - please ask!

  7. Reflect on what you learned. Send us an email or post on social media and use the tag #ACCR&B.

The full Rice & Beans Challenge guide please contact 303-399-4500 x 363 or accoutreach@acc-den.org.