Upcoming Events

1) The Great Human Race:
CWS is participating in the Great Human Race this year. Are you a school group, a neighborhood, a community center? Are you a sports team, a camp, a group of co-workers? You would be a great fit as a steering committee on this totally volunteer-led fundraising project in your community! As a team, you all can personalize your own fundraising webpage provided in templates by the Volunteer Center of Durham, blast your cause out on your various social media networks, and pass info around your many communities to raise awareness, advocate for resettlement, and raise funds to support CWS all at the same time. It also allows teams to source support from outside of this community as it’s mostly online donations. You can fundraise in any way you see fit, but all funds must be in by April 13.


Check out the link above to learn more about how you can contribute to CWS with the Great Human Race. You can, if you choose, put the icing on the cake and show up in pride and style at the Great Human Race 5K on April 30 to even further show your support and gather with other community members and runners to celebrate your hard work! All proceeds raised for CWS this year will benefit our Immigration Legal Team’s Family Reunification. This program provides the legal services necessary to reunite families separated by violence, conflict, and vulnerability throughout the resettlement process. Our office provides these services at a heartily discounted rate, and rely on community donations to make up the difference. Join our Great Human Race for Family Reunification!

2) Dinner with Friends

Refugees arrive to CWS in the Triangle to begin new lives of peace and hope after fleeing their homelands due to fear of persecution.  They come with the hope of making friends, building new relationships, and settling in to Durham as a new home. This is why Church World Service is proud to present Dinner with Friends.

Here’s how it works:

You invite a large group of friends over to take part in a community meal. The meal experience, planned and cooked up by a new arrival to our office, is a time and space for our clients to explain the meal. They are able to share not only about personally traditional foods, but also about their culture, joys, and future goals. This series of meal-sharing events taps into the culinary passions, life experiences, and cultural norms of refugees hoping to connect and build new relationships. It provides Durham locals with the opportunity to learn recipes and unfamiliar foodways, to connect with new arrivals, raise awareness of refugee resettlement in the area, and support a new friend during a time of great transition! What better way to build community and make new friends than over a warm meal?

Ask us how you can host a Dinner with Friends! Please contact Community Resource Coordinator Jourdi Bosley at for more information.

For one of our most recent Dinner With Friends events, we had an  Arabic dinner of Dolma (stuffed grape leaves), Jajik (cucumber/yogurt salad), Arabic Salad, and a rice dish called Koozi.

3) Housewarming Parties for Refugees

Are you interested in hosting an event to raise awareness about refugees in the Triangle? One great way to do this is to throw a Housewarming Party. At this event, you’ll be able to share information about refugees, the work that CWS does to assist with resettlement, and encourage your friends and neighbors to welcome our newest neighbors to the community.

For a more detailed explanation of the event click here.

If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, call our office to speak with Jourdi, our Community Resource Coordinator. She will be happy to talk with you about party logistics and the information and materials you will need.

Once you’ve gotten started, here a few templates for party invitations that you can print: