Welcoming Our New Neighbors 2023

A Community Fundraiser Supporting Refugees & Immigrants in Lane County

Thursday, November 16th – 6pm

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church- 1300 Pearl St., Eugene

We are excited to announce November 16th 6:00 pm as this year’s date for the Refugee and Immigrant Services Program’s biggest fundraiser of the year, Welcoming Our New Neighbors 2023. Supporters will gather at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church for a great evening of international food and drinks, music, raffle, exciting program updates, and inspiring stories.

A successful WONN event greatly increases our ability to serve more clients, and serve them more holistically. To make this possible we need your help! Please consider if you can contribute in any of the following ways:


Attend and support!!

Buy a ticket, spread the word, and come celebrate and support our great work!

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Securing a robust group of generous sponsors ensures a successful event. If you know of a business or organization who will partner with us, please call 541-345-3628 ext 317, or learn more and purchase sponsorships at www.ccslc.org/wonn-sponsorships


In-kind donations

We are seeking restaurants and catering businesses to contribute to a spread of culturally diverse appetizers, as well as wineries and breweries willing to donate beverages. We are also seeking donations of compelling raffle prizes, like weekend getaways. To help, please email dross@ccslc.org


Volunteer at the event

We need volunteers to help set up, clean up, and assist with event operations. Please reach out to RISP Volunteer Coordinator Zoë Livelybrooks (zlivelybrooks@ccslc.org ; 541-953-0860) if you can lend a hand.


Thank you for your generous and compassionate support!

 About Our Work

The volunteer-led Refugee Resettlement Coalition (RRC) of Lane County and Catholic Community Services’ Refugee and Immigrant Services Program (RISP) began collaborating in 2016, establishing a unique network of support for refugees and immigrants settling in our community. This team walks alongside our new neighbors with compassion and diligence, connecting them with housing options, immigration legal services, employment, healthcare, English classes, education, social services and more. As weary travelers from Mexico, Guatemala, Haiti, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Ethiopia, Yemen and Syria arrive in Lane County, often with little more than the clothes on their backs, our partnership helps them integrate into U.S. society as seamlessly and holistically as possible.

Welcoming Our New Neighbors is our major annual fundraiser to support RISP’s crucial work. On November 16th, we’ll gather at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church to share international food, drinks, inspiring stories, and more!

Please partner with us by sponsoring this essential fundraising effort.

Learn more and purchase sponsorships at www.ccslc.org/wonn-sponsorships