Helping Refugees Make a Home in the Madison Area

Volunteers needed! Here are ways that you can support refugees in Madison.


  • Volunteers Needed for Donation Pickup and Data Migration
    Open Doors is looking for volunteers to pick up donations and help with a data migration project. If you or someone you know would like to get involved with one of these, please see the details below and contact us at volunteers@odfr.org. Thank you for your support! Pick Up Donations Do you have Tuesday morning […]
  • Volunteers Needed for Donation Pickup and Data Migration
    Open Doors is looking for volunteers to pick up donations and help with a data migration project. If you or someone you know would like to get […]
  • Fall Fun with WNIM
    Who’s New in Madison (WNIM), one of Madison’s oldest and most active social clubs, has selected Open Doors for Refugees as its 2022-2023 service partner. After kicking […]
  • Open Doors Stands in Solidarity with Migrants and Asylum Seekers
    In September, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis used primarily Venezuelan migrants and asylum seekers in a political stunt.  The governor’s agents lured migrants and asylum seeking men, women, and […]
  • Fall/Winter Donation Needs
    Looking to donate warm winter clothing? Open Doors for Refugees and JSS Resettlement maintain a supply of winter outerwear that is provided to newcomers when they first […]

COVID-19 Policy

Much has changed because of the pandemic, including the number of refugees arriving in Madison and how our volunteer teams operate due to social distancing.  Please see our COVID-19 Update page for more information.

Open Doors for Refugees is an all-volunteer organization whose mission is to help refugees make a home in the Madison area.

With the support of the Madison community, Open Doors collects furnishings and sets up apartments, and provides translation, transportation, ESL, childcare, and employment services for arriving refugees. Additionally, each year the Events Team hosts or co-hosts four major annual events and a handful of one-off events, either for the refugee community or the community at large.

Upcoming & Past Events

There are no upcoming events.