[RW!]’s mission is to strengthen and streamline immigrant and refugee services across the greater Boston area. The organization does this by engaging with migrant service providers through a participatory line of inquiry to solve the most pressing issues facing migrants in our city. [RW!] serves as a platform for organizing immigrant and refugee services, provides capacity building trainings for organizations, advocates for the expansion of immigrant and refugee services, and assists service providers by helping to fill any programmatic gaps through connecting them with resources, developing new initiatives, and supporting their work.

[RW!] Network Member Benefits 

Becoming a member of the [RW!] Network is completely free for all service providing organizations and their staff members.

Our network provides members with:

Community – As a Network Member, your organization’s staff and volunteers are encouraged to attend our quarterly networking events, which bring together professionals and academics in the field to connect, share ideas, and have fun. It can be hard working in this field and these events provider our members with an opportunity to relax and find support among a community of people doing similar work.

Promotion – As a Member, your organization will be listed on our Network Members page and have the opportunity to be highlighted in our blog and social media.

Capacity Building Trainings – As a Member, your organization will have access to our capacity building training workshops taught by technical experts in the field at the University of Massachusetts Boston. These workshops are offered in a variety of topics, from grant writing to monitoring and evaluation. Network Members may attend for free.

Research – As a Member of the [RW!] Network, your organization will contribute to our participatory research design and help Refugees Welcome! solve the most pressing issues in migrant service provision. Refugees Welcome! engages in participatory research through facilitated events like our 2018 Boston Migrant Summit, and through surveys.

Volunteer Coordination – As a Member, your organization will receive discounted access to the OrganizeTogether platform, which uses machine learning to help you organize your volunteers. For more information about OrganizeTogether, visit their website or contact us.

Migrant Service Map – As a Member, your organization will have access to the Migrant Service Map, an application that uses geospatial technology to sort and organize migrant services across Boston. The goal of the application is to streamline migrant services across Boston. The Migrant Service Map opens in 2019, for more details click here.

OrganizeTogether Discounts – As a Member, your organization will get special discounted rates for the OrganizeTogether platform. OrganizeTogether’s platform, organizations and community groups can manage actions and events;  aggregated skills, availability, and history of your volunteers in one easy to use portal. Volunteers can search your events and actions of interest to them and help support your efforts.