May 2019 Volunteer Spotlight- Aqil Merchant
At our Breaking Bread Volunteer Appreciation Brunch this month, we presented four outstanding volunteers with “Volunteer of the Year” awards. Our recipient of the “Young Path” award, Aqil Merchant, is featured this month.
Aqil is a local high school student and was moved by news coverage he saw about the refugee crisis. He wanted to take action, so he went to his classmates to ask them to join him in making a difference. Aqil is the founder and leader of ... Read more >
The Power of Refugee Stories in Advocacy
On May 8th and 9th, I joined over three hundred advocates from thirty-two states in Washington DC, for the Refugee Council USA advocacy days. In attendance were close to a hundred former refugees from diverse countries. I was really pleased to see many of my friends from the refugee community and connected with new ones. We were all in DC to advocate for a robust refugee resettlement program, and lift up stories of many refugee families still impacted by the ... Read more >