Open Doors for Refugees

Helping refugees make a home in the Madison area

Get Outdoors With Open Doors!

From May 1st to the end of the month, pick an activity to take to the outdoors.
And at the end of May, donate for every minute or mile you’ve accomplished!

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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.

COVID-19 Update: 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.

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Upcoming Events

May 31, 2021
  • Get Outdoors with Open Doors Until May 31

    May 31, 2021

    This fundraising event runs from May 1st, 2021 - May 31st, 2021.
    Open the Door to explore the great outdoors, and help others to do it too!
    Pick an activity - you can run, walk, hike, swim, canoe, kayak, bike, or roller blade!
    Then, pledge an amount per mile, per minute, per 1000's your choice!
    Finally, get outdoors, track your activity, and at the end of May, donate the amount of your choosing to Open Doors!
    Proceeds will help refugee families get the summer off on the right foot, by offering things such as state park stickers and more!
    This is a virtual, COVID safe event that happens when you want, where you want, and with your favorite outdoors friends. All ages welcome. You can even register as a team!

    Sign up now at

    And track your time at

    Open This Event in Google Calendars

Donate Online

If you’d like to make a tax-deductible, online donation to Open Doors, please contribute to Open Doors through our fiscal agent: the Center for Community Stewardship.

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