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Forced Migration Studies Program

Somali Community events

 SCWNY Art Gallery

  • Saturday, December 6, 2014, 3pm-6pm
  • Genesee Center for the Arts- 713 Monroe Ave. Rochester, NY 14607
  • There will be sambusa, henna, and clothes for sale that the students have made in their sewing classes
  • For further information please visit:
SCWNY Lunch Time Holiday Open House
  • Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 12pm-1pm
  • Somali Center- 835 South Ave. Rochester, NY 14620
  • Feel free to come early at 11:30 to view the ESOL Classes
ROC the Day December 2, 2014
  • An online community event that aims to raise funds for organizations in Rochester.
  • Donations can be made anytime on Dec. 2 by going to
  • Donations can also be made through the Somali Center PayPal account:
**Learn How to Start Your Own Business: A Class for Immigrants and Foreign Born Americans in NY**
  •  Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 5:30-7:30 PM
  • Brighton Memorial Town Library, 2300 Elmwood Ave

 Sponsored by: New York State Office for New Americans

Contact: 585-546-7220 ext. 4730 or email BVerma@cfcrochester 

 Must register in advance.

Community Partnerships

Volunteer Opportunities at Mary’s Place

  • Tuesdays from 5:15PM to 8:15PM AND Saturdays 10:30AM to 2:30 PM
  • Transportation provided by Glynis Jones, Coordinator of Partners for Serving
  • Contact:

Mary's Place Internship Opportunities

  • Students pursuing degrees in Social Work, Education, Anthropology, Sociology, Public Health and other disciplines available.
  • Contact: Cara Breslin, AmericaCorps VISTA,

Volunteer Opportunities at Saint’s Place

  • Through the Center for Civic Engagement
  • Support refugees who have resettled in Rochester, NY
  • Contact:   Sofiya(
  •  Provide English-language enrichment for adults & children.
  • Separate and sort donations in the Saint's Place main location.
  • Work in the Clothing Closet

Volunteer Opportunities at Somali Community Center of Western N.Y.

  • Offer your services and material donations
  • WEP programs beginning October 29th, weekdays 9am-4:30pm
  • Help obtain readiness skills materials: Sewing machines and sewing supplies, gas stove, utensils (used or new), and cooking supplies (e.g. flour), computers, computer accessories, long computer tables (new or used)
  • Provide English language and job readiness training: Sewing, Cooking, Basic healthcare & computer skills 
  • Contact: Ms. Sadiya Omar, SCWNY Vice President 585-576-7329

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