April is National Volunteer Month

Open Doors for Refugees is a volunteer-driven organization. We’d like to take a moment to appreciate the many people who support us and organizations like us. Not sure how you can help? Please email [email protected]. We will be happy to get back to you. See some of our latest needs: https://odfr.org/volunteer/ Every person that steps […]

Walk or Run at Freeze for Food 2024

This March 2nd at 12pm and 1pm, please join us at the Vilas Park Shelter to support refugees and food security! This 5K/10K run and walk is organized by the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPVC) of Wisconsin – Madison. The event welcomes not only runners, but also families, strollers, dogs on leashes, and all Wisconsinites […]

Meet Cecilia Gillhouse, Open Doors’ New Executive Director

Open Doors for Refugees is happy to announce that we have hired our first Executive Director. This is a major step in the growth of this volunteer-driven organization. Cecilia is a bilingual immigrant from Argentina. She has worked in the Madison community since 2003. Cecilia has more than 20 years of experience providing services and […]

Connecting at the Immigrant Affairs Luncheon

Last week, Leadership Council representatives Madeline, Margaret, and Sallie attended the Dane County Office of Immigration Affairs luncheon celebrating the awesome work this unique county office has done this past year. Immigrant allies working in government, social services, education, and law gathered to connect and reflect on challenges and accomplishments in immigrant advocacy in Dane […]

YID VICIOUS to Perform at the North Street Cabaret

This Friday Night, YID VICIOUS will be performing at the North Street Cabaret! The show, featuring klezmer music for all ages, will benefit Open Doors for Refugees. Learn more at the North Street Cabaret website: https://www.northstreetcabaret.com/events/2022/10/13/yid-vicious-klezmer-ensemble-benefit-for-united-help-ukraine

Thanks for Open Doors Thanksgiving 2023

What a marvelous Open Doors Thanksgiving 2023! A huge thanks goes to all of our mighty 63 volunteers who welcomed 48 children and 52 adults for a celebratory total of 163! Francine Butoto & Emmanuel opened festivities with two songs in Swahili. (See Francine and her four kids on YouTube) The 10 turkeys were delicious! We ate 8, did a drawing for one, and gave […]

Volunteers Needed: Freeze for Food Coordination

Join a crack team of Returned Peace Corps and ODFR Volunteers to coordinate the Sat., March 2, 2024, Freeze for Food event. This has historically been a successful, community-visible fundraiser for Open Doors for Refugees. This team meets monthly via Zoom to put together the pieces of a walk/run that attracts hundreds of participants and […]

Family Nature Day at Elver Park

ODFR recently partnered with the Aldo Leopold Nature Center to host a family nature day at Elver Park! Though the weather wasn’t what we’d hoped for, we are so appreciative of the families for coming out and the ALNC for their awesome programming! This event included fun activities about animal skins, skulls, and scat, in […]

ODFR Community Picnic 2023

You’re invited to a potluck picnic! On Sunday, July 9th from 12-4pm at the Olin Park Pavilion in Madison, Open Doors for Refugees will host a picnic celebrating diversity and community. Come meet neighbors and enjoy an afternoon of delicious food, activities for all ages, and engaging music and dance entertainment representing the diversity of […]

Upcoming Volunteer Needs

Interested in helping out? Send an email to [email protected]. Helping with Housewares A volunteer is needed to be part of a small team responsible for cleaning and organizing housewares used for setting up apartments for refugee families. Tasks This work also includes packing up all housewares needed to furnish kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms when apartments […]