With funding from the Community Sponsorship Catalyst Fund, ECDC will launch community sponsorship programs at both its Denver, Colorado, and Washington, DC metropolitan area affiliates; provide training to Ethnic Community Based Organizations (ECBOs) in ECDC’s affiliate network to assist them in launching their own community sponsorship programs; and collect and share lessons learned in establishing community sponsorship programs at ECBOs.
"The past four years have shown us the critical role local communities have and will play in protecting the refugee resettlement program and creating welcoming and inclusive communities. As we continue to build bottom-up support for refugee resettlement through community sponsorship (CS), we need to make sure communities of color and communities representative of those welcomed are a part of all efforts."
"The experience that Ethnic Community Based Organizations (ECBOs) have in engaging local communities in welcoming refugees is unique in that ECBOs are formed and led by refugees or immigrants themselves. By supporting ECBOs to develop and implement CS programs, we hope to build their capacity as organizations, support them in engaging a wide range of diverse CS members and capture some of the challenges and opportunities that ECBOs face in developing and implementing CS programs. We hope our work will help our community of refugee and immigrant leaders to expand their work to include CS or expand their existing CS programs."
"CSCF support will allow ECDC's African Community Center (ACC) branch offices in Denver and D.C. Metro to expand their volunteer programs to incorporate a CS model. It will also enable ECDC to provide training and technical assistance support to ECDC's ECBO affilaites in learning about, setting-up, and/or expanding their CS programs."