Winter giving

As 2017 draws to a close, we hope you’ll consider helping refugee families build a new life in America. As Americans, we are so fortunate to live in a country where we are safe from war and famine and have the privilege to help others who are less fortunate. DARA works to resettle refugee families, providing advocacy and support as they work toward self-sufficiency to become productive members of our community, and even a small donation to our organization can help us in this mission.

Your holiday or year-end 2017 giving to DARA will allow you to partner with us as we prepare to welcome and assist refugee families in the Danbury area in 2018. It’s easy to give to DARA through PayPal by clicking on this link:

Another way to help refugees is to donate your time or skills. You can learn more about volunteering on our Get Involved page. You can also help by spreading the word and sharing our message on social media.

Thank you, from all of us at DARA. Your support is greatly appreciated.

DARA’s 2017 New Volunteers Meeting

Are you concerned about what’s happening in the lives of refugees today? If you’d like to make a difference locally and are interested in volunteering with DARA, come by and talk with us this Sunday afternoon at 2 PM, September 17, at A Common Ground in Danbury, CT. We’ll have guest speakers as well as information tables, so make sure to arrive by 2!

To learn more about volunteering with DARA, check out how you can get involved now. We look forward to seeing you on the 17th!

DARA’s 2017 Spring Benefit Recap

Danbury Area Refugee Assistance held its second benefit event in April, and now that the confetti is swept up and the accounting finished, we have a little time to breathe. And with that breath, DARA would like to say thank you to everyone who helped make our 2017 Spring Benefit a success.

Michael’s at The Grove hosted our event, providing a beautiful venue, superb food and drink, and a welcoming and fun atmosphere for our guests.

The Rising Tide Band donated their time, music, and voices to help DARA support refugees, playing and singing well into the night with a danceable mix that got everyone moving.

We’d like to offer a special thank-you to our guest speakers: Greg Marino, Cosponsorship Manager of Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS), for speaking about the world refugee crisis and his work with resettlement groups;

Heba Gowayed, for her narrative of working with refugees and her studies on resettlement;

and Maher Mahmood, for sharing his experiences as a refugee.

Both Maher and photographer Jamie Kaplan took some wonderful photos, which you can view in our gallery.

So many people both local and regional donated items and services to DARA’s silent auction to help us raise money in support of refugees: businesses large and small, artists and artisans, private donors, and many others.

Our community is welcoming and supportive of refugees in the true tradition of America, and DARA is both proud and humbled to be able to play a part in this wonderful endeavor.

Thank you once again to everyone!

Badger Balm
Bigelow Tea
Byrd’s Books
Caraluzzi’s Market
Daisy Chestnut
Dance for Every Child
Darm’s Designs
Dolr Bills Bowling
Elizabeth Arden
FaDana Studios
Harney and Sons Tea
Jamie Kaplan Photography
Kramer Portraits
La Zingara
Linda Macpherson Photography
Liz Davis Designs
Lost and Found Vintage
Maher Vision Photography
Marlene Tendler Yoga
Michaels at The Grove
Mid-Century Mutt
Molten Java
Monroe Fish Market
Nonni Studios
Paint Draw and More
Rainy Day Paperback Exchange
Redding Roasters Coffee Company
Ridgewood Country Club
Salon Darin
Tambascio’s Restaurant
The Rising Tide Band
Twitch and Whiskers
Weston Woods/Scholastic
YawningDog Editing
Yoga Space
Ziya Blooms
And our many private donors

The DARA blog

DARA’s first 20 months have been an incredibly busy and rewarding time. As a new nonprofit organization, we’ve learned so much along the way and have come farther than we first imagined since our start in October of 2015. We’re thankful for the support of so many — both local and from around the world — who have helped DARA grow and become stronger in our commitment to help refugees.

We plan to update everyone more regularly now via blogging, and you can subscribe to our blog using the link at the bottom of the page. Don’t forget to follow us on social media too!