International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Project For Strengthening Organizations Assisting Refugees (SOAR)

Project SOAR provides ethnic community-based organizations (ECBOs) and other refugee-serving agencies with technical assistance to develop and deliver quality services and improve sustainability. This includes support to strengthen organizational management, in areas such as fundraising and governance; improve services, in areas such as project design and case management; and build networks with peer and mainstream agencies. Funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement since 2003, Project SOAR is a partnership of the International Rescue Committee and the Nationalities Service Center.

Join our listserv
Any refugee-serving organization can join Project SOAR’s listserv. Members receive weekly announcements about funding and training opportunities; useful tools and handbooks; relevant news and articles; and ECBO success stories.  Members also receive Project SOAR’s weekly tip sheets on subjects ranging from obtaining federal grants to recruiting effective board members – proven methods to share with your staff or other ECBOs. To subscribe at no-cost, visit www.ethniccommunities.org.

Visit our website
www.ethniccommunities.org houses a resource library with materials related to ECBO development, a discussion board, ECBO spotlights, and member contact information. Our new and improved site will be launched in early 2011. Anyone can access these resources.
 
Ask us a question
Need advice on developing a proposal or addressing a program challenge? Some modules for a new program you are starting? A contact in a peer organization across the country? Project SOAR’s experienced technical staff are available to provide advice, tools, or linkages to help you. Anyone can send an email to SOAR@theIRC.org.

Attend our Webinars
Project SOAR will host at least 6 webinars this year –free training sessions targeted to refugee organizations that you can attend from your desk via the Internet.  Some of the themes include Program Design, Fundraising, Case Management and Board Development, among others.  Details are distributed through our listserv, and anyone can join.

Attend our Annual ORR Grantee Workshop
Project SOAR hosts an annual workshop for ORR Ethnic Community Self-help and Supplemental Services grantees. This conference brings together representatives from ECBOs, other refugee agencies, ORR, and ORR’s TA providers to network, share best practices, and gain tools and ideas to further their refugee integration work. ORR grantees only.

Participate in our Customized TA Program
This year, three organizations will benefit from this program, which includes assessment, development of technical assistance plan, site visit training, and follow up assistance via phone, email and/or web-based forums. ORR grantees only.

Participate in our Peer Learning Circles
Project SOAR hosts three Learning Circles of ORR grantees and associated ethnic organizations.  These are groups of peers that meet regularly via phone and internet forums problem-solve solutions to common challenges and share success stories.  ORR grantees only.