Helping Refugees Make a Home in the Madison Area

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


  • Welcoming Families at our Annual Picnic
    Refugee families and Madison community members gathered in Olin Park on a sunny June afternoon for Open Doors for Refugees’ annual picnic. The celebration on June 26 was the first since 2019 — the event was paused for the past two summers due to the pandemic. Dozens of attendees enjoyed a potluck in the Olin […]
  • Welcoming Families at our Annual Picnic
    Refugee families and Madison community members gathered in Olin Park on a sunny June afternoon for Open Doors for Refugees’ annual picnic. The celebration on June 26 […]
  • Looking Back at World Refugee Day
    Open Doors for Refugees and Jewish Social Services observed World Refugee Day on June 20th by holding a panel discussion with several representatives of the Madison refugee […]
  • Title 42 is Still in Effect
    Since it was enacted in March 2020, Title 42 has been used to turn away more than 1.7 million migrants at the Mexico-US border. Doctors Without Borders […]
  • Open Doors Info Meeting
    What is Open Doors currently working on? And how can I help? Come meet several ODFR volunteers and other refugee-interested folks at the Pinney Library Community Room […]

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

  • World Refugee Day 2022

    June 20, 2022  5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    944 E Gorham St, Madison, WI 53703, USA

    World Refugee Day celebrates the communities that benefit as refugees resettle within them.

    This is an in-person event to celebrate World Refugee Day with Jewish Social Services and Open Doors for Refugees.
    Masks are required.

    Learn more.


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  • Open Doors for Refugees Community Picnic 2022

    June 26, 2022  12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Olin Park Pavilion, 1156 Olin-Turville Ct, Madison, WI 53715, USA

    Join us for our annual picnic for food, fun, and good company. Help us celebrate the refugee families we support and the amazing Madison community that welcomes them!

    Food: Potluck – please bring a favorite dish to share, and a card with ingredients. COVID precautions will be in place. Non-alcoholic beverages will be provided by Open Doors for Refugees. Get excited to try food from around the world!

    Entertainment: Music by Yid Vicious and Angela Puerta, capoeira fun with Raizes do Brasil, juggling with Doug the Jug, children’s activities throughout the afternoon thanks to various community organizations.

    Fun for all!


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  • Open Doors Info Meeting

    June 29, 2022  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    516 Cottage Grove Rd, Madison, WI 53716, USA

    What is Open Doors currently working on? And how can I help?

    Come meet several ODFR volunteers and other refugee-interested folks at the Pinney Library Community Room to answer these questions and more!

    June 29, 2022, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

    This will be the first in-person indoors event hosted by Open Doors since the start of the pandemic. Check out Pinney’s new digs at 516 Cottage Grove Road. Easy parking.


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