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ODFR Co-Founder Efrat Livny Honored by YWCA Madison

Each year, YWCA Madison recognizes a select group of women leaders in the Madison area for their community service, professional achievement, integrity, leadership, and dedication to the lives of others. We at ODFR are thrilled to share that our co-founder Efrat Livny is among this year’s Women of Distinction honorees. This award celebrates her wholehearted […]

Where Can I Go to Help Refugees in Minnesota?

Many organizations across Minnesota offer their services to newly arrived refugees. We’d like to include some of them here.

This list includes organizations that span the Twin Cities, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, and many others.

Where Can I Go to Help Refugees in Iowa?

It is our goal at Open Doors for Refugees to make information accessible about similar organizations that support newly arrived refugees in other states. Here you will find information about resources in Iowa. To access the New Iowan Resource Directory, a list created by the Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa of services and programs for […]

Where Can I Go to Help Refugees in Illinois?

It is our goal at Open Doors for Refugees to make information accessible about similar organizations that support newly arrived refugees in other states. Here you will find information about resources in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Human Services maintains a list of community service agencies serving immigrants. Click here to view the full list […]

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 […]

Warm Temps, Hot Finish: Freeze for Food 2024

A record warm spring day on March 2, 2024 greeted over 300 runners and walkers for RPCV’s 43rd Annual Freeze for Food Walk/Run, with temperatures of 50-60 F and winds over Lake Wingra clocking a brisk 22 mph. The crowd included toddlers in strollers, dogs on leashes, and participants aged 4 to 82 years, most […]

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 […]

Freeze for Food on March 2, 2024 & Volunteer Opportunities

Mark your calendar for the 43rd annual Freeze for Food on Saturday, March 2! 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 intrepid enough to enjoy getting out on […]

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 […]

The World & Open Doors in 2023

Open Doors has been through a lot this year, some of which you can learn about below. And as we also look back on the past year’s world events, it is important to remember that these tragedies and their impacts are ongoing; there are efforts we can take to support those effected by these crises. […]