Beginning Spring 2019, ASAP will launch biweekly ‘tour of mission’ events to educate new and prospective supporters about asylum seekers living in the D.C. Metro region. Our goal is to use inspired storytelling as told by ASAP staff, volunteers, and clients to dispel myths, provide facts, and communicate the importance of ASAP’s work.
ASAP’s clients include journalists, human rights attorneys, teachers, judges, engineers, and scientists. The individuals we work with are the best and brightest of their generation who are in the United States because of circumstance – not choice. Because asylum seekers are ineligible for government assistance and denied permission to work for an extended length of time, ASAP relies heavily on our base of supporters to help us build networks to support our clients until they can support themselves.
The initial seed grant from TPP was important to our work because we learned it would be more impactful to shift the focus of our community engagement program away from in-house activities to engage asylum seekers to concentrate on educating and building our volunteer network.
This follow up award will allow us to enter the next phase of our community program build out. By cultivating a dedicated volunteer base, we believe this grant will help ASAP build community support for our work.