Emory Students from ACES Help the Miami Donations Program
This Columbus Day, a group from Emory University in Atlanta Georgia spent their day giving back to the IRC in Miami. A group of 11 students, from neuroscience majors to Law scholars came together through the Association of Caribbean Educators and Students (ACES) to assist in the Miami Donations Program. The association, mostly made up of immigrants who came to the U.S, all for various reasons, take interest in learning more about the challenges and experiences of other immigrants in the U.S., especially those from the Caribbean. In seeing that Miami helps to resettle one of the highest populations of Caribbean migrants/refugees, the group contacted the IRC in Miami office and asked to serve.
The Donations program or “Resettlement Shop” provides recently arrived refugees with essential items including clothing, furniture, small appliances, and toiletries. The group received a brief orientation, took some photos with staff and the IRC truck, and then got straight to work! The team helped to transport 2,000 pieces of donated clothing to the nearby warehouse and began to sort, restock and track inventory.
The IRC in Miami is so grateful to have had a group like the Emory students who chose to spend a day volunteering at the office in Miami. The work that would have taken several days and trips only took 4 hours!