The Agency for New Americans is hosting the a jogathon to support our new Americans neighbors in Boise. This year’s event is especially important because the COVID-19 pandemic has depressed our refugees clients connection to the Boise community and decreased our fundraising income.
On Saturday, September 18, 2021, the “Run for Refugees Jog-A-Thon” will take place at the Boise High School Outdoor Track. It is our hope that this event will make a difference in the lives of refugee youth resettled in the Boise area, while simultaneously raising awareness of refugee issues. Participants will ask to get sponsors (Pledges) for an hour run.
It is only with your help that we can make this fundraiser a unique event. You can help us in one of the following ways:
Sponsor one of our participants.
Make a donation to ANA to help with the event costs.
Donate an item for prize or breakfast for the event
While the number of new arrivals may be less than prior years, a steady flow the fact remains that there are individuals still left in need of aid, especially with reduced federal funding. So far, a majority of those 65 individuals have resettled from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. By legal definition, refugees are people who have been forced to flee their homeland and are unable to return because of a well-founded fear of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, or political persuasion. Of the twenty seven million refugees worldwide, eighty percent are women and children, a statistic closely reflected in ANA’s resettlement demographic. Resettlement is often the only hope for refugees—ordinary people caught in extraordinary circumstances—who have lost too much and suffered the unimaginable. Refugee status does not come easily or with certainty; refugees are the most highly screened incoming population despite the fact that they languish, often for years, in refugee camps in intolerable conditions before being permitted to resettle in the United States.
It is only with your help that we can continue to “Make a Difference” in the lives of refugees. Use the pledge form and informational letter below to get people to sponsor you on your run. If you have any questions, please email Mark Homco at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (208) 338-0033 ext. 0161. We thank you for your consideration and support.