Unite and empower the Syrian American community
Advance human and civil rights in Syria with the aim of
establishing a free and democratic Syria
Provide and support scientific, educational and humanitarian
aid to the Syrian people

About Us

The Syrian American Foundation (SAF) is a non-profit, charitable organization, based in Ohio based, founded to support to the Syrian people effected by the current crisis; by providing medical, educational and humanitarian aid.

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American Red Cross Responds to Syrian Crisis Campaign

Clothing drive created as follow-up to need expressed at Listening Forum;
aims to bring warmth to the refugees of Syria
 

CINCINNATI (January 12, 2016) –  On October 28, the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the American Red Cross held its first “Listening Forum” as a way to hear and share information about the world’s many refugee and migrant communities.  This first forum focused on what is arguably the largest and most dire health crisis in the world at the moment: that of the Syrian refugees. The forum included panelist from the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM) who are currently serving and responding to the crisis. Attendees included agencies and organizations currently serving refugee populations.

During the forum, many people asked how they could help. The panelist talked about the need for coats, blankets, scarves, gloves, socks, sweaters and any other warm clothing items that could benefit the people of Syria that are braving the cold winters. As an outgrowth of this response, the Red Cross is holding a clothing drive in which all items collected will go to support the refugees in Syria.

The campaign begins on Friday, Jan. 15 and ends Friday, Feb. 12.

Items can be dropped off at various locations across the region:

1.     American Red Cross:  2111 Dana Ave., Cincinnati

2.     Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati: 8092 Plantation Dr., West Chester

3.     Xavier University Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue:  On Xavier’s campus- House Address 3853 Wedgwood Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45207

For questions about the drive, please contact Kayla Iheukwu, Red Cross International Services Coordinator, at kayla.iheukwu2@redcross.org or at 513-579-3023.

 

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Help Miami Share the Love at home and abroad!

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The Heroin Epidemic – Understanding Substance Addiction in Butler County & How It Affects Children

(Scott Gehring, CEO, Sojourner Recovery Services)

Weds 2/10 from 10-11 (JHN 136/137)

Supplies needed: Soap, shampoo/conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, hairspray (non-aerosol), shave gel (non-aerosol), pens, journals, children’s books, coloring books, crayons, and markers. Supplies provide “Baskets of Hope” for new rehab residents and their children in Hamilton, OH.

 

Syrian American Foundation (SAF) – http://syrian-american.org/what-saf-do/

 

Understanding the Syrian Crisis

(Dr. Mel Cohen, Dr. Jerry Martin, Dr. Gina Petonito, and Dr. John Schaefer, Miami University)

Mon, 2/15, 1-2 PM (JHN 142)

 

Understanding Trauma – How the Syrian Crisis Affects Children

(Dr. Khaula Sawah, CEO, Union of Medical Care & Relief Organizations- UOSSM)

Weds 2/24, 1-2 PM (JHN 136/137)

Supplies needed: New or clean, gently used clothes, shoes, winter gear, and blankets (underwear must be new); towels and washcloths (new); diapers; small non-battery toys and stuffed animals; and crayons, pencils/pens, paper/notebooks. Supplies will be shipped directly by SAF/UOSSM to displaced persons in Syria.

Penny Challenge: Support your favorite charity (Sojourner Recovery Services or Syrian American Foundation) throughout the month of February by bringing your pocket change to the Information Desk in Johnston Hall. The winning charity will be given an additional $200 by Miami!

Supply Drive: Each grocery-bag sized donation gets you a lollipop and an entry into a drawing for a FREE IPAD (valued at $400)! We will be doing concentrated drives, sorting, and donation delivery on Friday, February 12th  and Friday, February 26th from 10 AM – 6 PM in Johnston Hall, East (Bookstore) Entrance. Donations for both charities will also be collected ongoing throughout the month of February. Bring your donations to the Information Desk in Johnston Hall at any time during business hours. Our goal is 100 boxes of supplies for Syria and 25 boxes of supplies for Sojourner Recovery Services.  Opportunities to sign up as a volunteer to assist with the supply drive will be provided by The Office of Community Engagement & Service (CES).  Please contact Crystal Ford for more details at (513) 727-3339 or fordcm2@miamioh.edu. For other Share the Love questions, please contact Ginger Wickline at (513) 217-4180 or wicklivb@miamioh.edu.

 

Sponsored by 

SERVE (Students Engaging in Real Volunteer Efforts), Circle K, Campus Activities Board (CAB), Model UN, Student Veterans Association (SVA), Miami’s Global Initiatives (Oxford), Psychology Department (Oxford) and Miami’s Regional Offices: Student Affairs, Student Activities, Dean’s Office, the English Language Center (ELC), the Office of Community Engagement & Service (CES), the Office of Diversity & Multicultural Services, and the Miami Middletown Diversity Council.

 

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