UPDATE: We still need volunteers to greet, direct refugees to the right place, provide refreshments, and just assist as needs arise. Please SIGN UP to help out.

Having your portrait taken is always a memorable event. We want to share this joyful–and occasionally awkward–experience with refugees in Durham. On February 4th, we’ll have a free portrait event, similar to Help-Portrait. Refugees and will be able to come and have their individual or family picture taken by local photographers for free.

The event will be on Saturday, February 4th in the afternoon (1p-4p). The location will be at All Saints Anglican Church, on 15-501 and Garrett Rd, in the shopping center next to Oak Creek Village Apartments.

We need all kinds of volunteers to help with this event.Photographers (and assistants), videographer (to capture the event, interview refugees, etc), event planners, administrators, and general assistance (working to set-up, tear down, and just hang out with refugees while they wait). We’ll need some financial contributions (to cover the costs of printing the portraits) and food donations (snacks!). We’ll also need to access to various equipment (lighting, for instance). Finally, we hope all of our volunteers who are connected to refugees can let them know about the opportunity and help them get there.

We’re excited–there’s a lot to do but it’s a wonderful opportunity to serve and build relationships with our refugee neighbors.

Spread the word through our facebook event page; sign up to volunteer; email Emily Paules (epaules@wr.org) and Tim McGee (tmcgee@wr.org) if you have any questions.

Download a flyer to give to refugees.