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City and United Way invite donations to fund to welcome refugees

November 20, 2015 -

Over the past few months, Kingston has welcomed five refugee families to our community. It is anticipated that Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington will receive more refugees as part of the federal government's commitment.

"The Kingston community has a proven interest in helping these families and individuals who have had to flee their homes. Let's support them and make them feel welcome here in their time of need," says Mayor Bryan Paterson. 

The City of Kingston, in partnership with the United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, has established a fund to accept financial donations toward the cost of welcoming and integrating refugees into our community.

Interested in donating? Contributions can be made securely at www.unitedwaykfla.ca/refugeerelief.

There are no administrative costs for this new "KFLA Refugee Fund" so all funds received will be used to assist refugee families with basic items needed to settle in our community.  To help meet the specific needs of each family, the community is being asked to make financial contributions rather than donating items such as clothing and furniture.  All funds received will be distributed by the local refugee coordinating committee to meet the specific needs of each family. 

For organizations or groups interested in sponsoring a family, please contact Kingston Community Health Centre's immigrant services at refugee@kchc.ca or 613-544-4661 for more information.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality - - ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future.  Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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Media contact: For more information contact the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.