Do 1 Thing

Misericordia University students during the JRS/USA Walk a Mile in My Shoes refugee simulation. (Misericordia University)

Resolve to #Do1Thing for Refugees and Migrants in 2019

Do you have plans to help refugees in 2019? How can one ordinary person make a difference in the life of a refugee in the next year? JRS/USA is inviting you to commit to respond to refugees and migrants.

At Jesuit Refugee Service, we think that, no matter where you live there are ways that you can respond to today’s refugee crisis. Doing just one thing in your community or to advocate on behalf of refugees can help refugees and migrants.

… Need some ideas? What’s one thing  you can do? 

Experience – Use JRS/USA’s Walk a Mile in My Shoes Refugee Simulation and provide your community with an opportunity to pause and learn about the experience, the frustrations, disappointments and hopes that refugees around the world face.

Write – Send a message of hope and solidarity by writing a postcard to refugees. Visit to learn more about how.

Advocate – Send a letter to your elected officials and urge change from foreign policy decision-makers about the importance of U.S. leadership on refugee issues.

Pray – Pray for protection for refugees as well as for personal transformation as we face the needs of refugees everywhere. Click here for a prayer for refugees.

Shop – Purchase refugee-made items. Click here to access to find vendors to buy from. By purchasing a product, you are helping families to sustain a tangible income and livelihood.

Participate: Join JRS/USA in Washington, DC for our 2020 Advocacy Day.

Volunteer – Find the local refugee resettlement agency offices near you (click here) and help a refugee in need of assistance learning a new language, meeting friends, or even finding employment and housing.

Fundraise – Gather your local community or parish and raise funds for refugees around the world. Click here to contact the JRS/USA development team to get started.

Commit – Make your new years resolution to do one thing! Sign our pledge above and commit to #Do1Thing for refugees and migrants.

Create awarenessHost an event in your community with a speaker or experience to help create awareness about the plight of refugees around the world.

Organize: Start a JRS Refugee Action team at your school, parish, or community.

Let us know about what things you’ve done to help migrants and refugees and what you’ll commit to do this year. Email or share on social media using #Do1Thing