We partnered with Eighty magazine again this summer to host a Kamayan for Refugees dinner on June 17, 2017 to raise funds in support of Church World Service's (CWS) refugee resettlement efforts in New Jersey. Marinell from Eighty approached us with this idea and we coordinated with Megan Johnson, Executive Director, and Courtney Madsen, Associate Director of Integration at CWS.
Forty people in attendance gathered around the table at &Co to enjoy a Kamayan dinner, a traditional Filipino family style meal eaten with hands only. The meal included mangos, price, pork, seafood, noodles, and other dietary staples representative of the culture.
We raised $2,500, the money will go toward their emergency fund supporting refugee families' living expenses. Most people in attendance were local neighbors who'd heard of the cause through social media, word of mouth, and flyers.
A huge thank you to to our sponsors: Silly Chilly Hot Sauce, SoHo MD, MD, and &Co.
Eighty five refugees came this year to Jersey City and are in the CWS network.
Interested in lending a helping hand?
You can get involved by teaching English, setting up apartments for arriving families, picking them up at the airport or driving them to places such as DMV, doctors' appointments, etc. Donate on cwsjerseycity.org for more information on how to get involved!