Throughout the Triangle, organizations are working to help local immigrants and refugees, either through advocacy or legal representation or by connecting them with vital services they need to acclimate to their new communities. If you’re looking for a way to help, these are all worthwhile nonprofits that could use your support.
Church World Service-Durham
112 South Duke Street, Durham, 27701
(919) 680-4310, cwsrdu.org
CWS-Durham, which opened in 2009 and helps resettle about three hundred refugees every year, connects incoming refugees with community resources and social services.
CIR (Council on Immigrant Relations)
3033 Stonybrook Drive, #3, Raleigh, 27604
(919) 322-0360, ciraleigh.org
Founded in 2006 as Centro Internacional de Raleigh, CIR seeks to organize and engage churches and community organizations to assist under-resourced international communities.
Come Out & Show Them
Raleigh activist couple Tina and Grayson Haver Currin’s Come Out & Show Them has broadened its focus from HB 2 to immigrants and refugees through its Welcome to Raleigh, Y’all (and companion Welcome to Durham, Y’all) campaign.
4917 Waters Edge Drive, Raleigh, 27502
(919) 803-0559, dearfoundation.org
Since 2013, the D.E.A.R. Foundation has sought to protect immigrant rights through legal-empowerment programs and has represented more than one thousand immigrants in court and before boards of appeals and administrative agencies.
El Centro Hispano
2000 Chapel Hill Road, #26A, Durham, 27707
(919) 687-4635, elcentronc.org
Over the last twenty-five years, El Centro Hispano has grown from a small program in a Durham church basement into the largest grassroots Latino organization in North Carolina, providing education, support, and health care services to more than ten thousand community members.
2321 Crabtree Boulevard, Raleigh, 27604
(919) 835-1525, elpueblo.org
For more than fifteen years, El Pueblo has been lobbying the General Assembly on behalf of immigrant communities, advocating for improved farmworker conditions, in-state tuition for certain undocumented immigrants, and access to driver’s licenses for DACA recipients, among other things.
The Hispanic Family Center
2013 Raleigh Boulevard, Raleigh, 27604
(919) 873-0094, cpfhraleigh.org
Founded in 1997, the Hispanic Family Center works to develop education, health, and job-training programs to help Hispanic families better integrate into the community.
Montagnard Human Rights Organization
1720 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, 27605
(919) 828-8185, mhro.org
The MHRO works to promote human rights and self-determination for the indigenous people of the central highlands of Vietnam, and advocates on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers who have fled persecution in Vietnam.
Refugee Community Partnership
110 West Main Street, #2G, Carrboro, 27510
The RCP seeks to build a supportive infrastructure for newly relocated refugee families, providing advocacy, education, and food-assistance programs.
Southern Coalition for Social Justice
1415 West N.C. Highway 54, #101, Durham, 27707
Since 2007, the SCSJ has worked with economically disadvantaged communities and communities of color to advance social and economic justice through research and legal advocacy.
U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, North Carolina
3824 Barrett Drive, #200, Raleigh, 27609
Over the last decade, the USCRI’s North Carolina office has resettled some three thousand refugees, connecting them with service providers and programs to help them get on their feet.
World Relief Durham
801 Gilbert Street, Durham, 27701
A faith-based organization, World Relief Durham works with churches to “think biblically about refugees arriving to the Triangle,” according to its website, as well as support services encompassing everything from greeting incoming refugees at the airport to helping them find apartments to assisting them with getting social security cards.