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Winter Coat Drive

Do you have extra winter coats lying around? Have your children outgrown their winter coats, boots, hats and mittens? Are they still in good shape? RIAC is collecting all winter apparel and is in need of all sizes!

There are hundreds of refugees, immigrants and asylees in Boston who will be in need of cold weather clothing this upcoming winter. If you are able to donate lightly used apparel please contact Gabrielle Short at (617)238-2430 or send an e-mail to [email protected] We will be accepting donation drop-offs in the coming months (please call first to ensure we will be open when you stop by).

School Supplies for Refugee Students

As families around Boston prepare their children to return to a new school year, many of our refugee and immigrant families are doing so as well. For some of our students, this will be the first “back to school” experience they’ve had in the United States. As parents know, this can be a stressful and exciting time of year. Students get to pick out new clothes, backpacks, supplies and lunchboxes, all in anticipation of the year to come. For our families, this can be a huge financial burden and they are often not able to provide their children with the essential (and extensive) school supply lists sent by teachers.

RIAC has been extremely fortunate this month in receiving donations from community members in order to assist our students and families in preparing for school. Joshua, who believes that every child should have access to an education, organized a supplies drive in his community. He delivered a donation of 30 backpacks, over 2,000 pencils, more than 100 notebooks, and various other supplies.

This week, many students came into our office to pick out their new backpack, filled with the supplies they would need for the upcoming year. Thank you Joshua, for helping these students start off their year fully prepared to learn, grow and make a difference in the future of our world!

Seeking Volunteer ESL Teacher!

The Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center (RIAC) is searching for two ESOL Volunteer Teachers! RIAC’s ESOL classes begin in September and are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC) located in Roxbury. We are excited to continue this program which offers free and open English classes to the community. Many classes around Boston have extremely long wait lists and eligibility requirements- posing a challenge for recently arrived refugees who are eager to learn the language in order to become more self sufficient. This is a wonderful opportunity to make a positive impact on the refugee and immigrant communities!

Volunteer ESOL Teacher
Hours: An average of 10 hours per week beginning in late Aug.
• Coordinate program operations at ISBCC.
• Assist with outreach, student intake, assessment and class placement
• Develop and organize curriculum and other teaching materials
• Teach 5 hours per week, Tuesday and Thursday 6:00 – 8:30
• Work closely with the program’s Education/Employment Counselor
• Maintain records and complete reports

Experience teaching adult ESOL. BA minimum. Curriculum development and program management experience helpful. Certification in Best Plus required.

Please send resumes and cover letter to the RIAC general e-mail:

[email protected]

Hello, Bienvenido, Ku Soo Dhawoow

The Refugee & Immigrant Assistance Center,  formerly known as the Somali Women and Children’s Association, was established in 1993. It is a community-based, grassroots organization dedicated to promoting educational and socio-economic development in Massachusetts refugee and immigrant communities.