What is Durham Refugee Day?

Durham Refugee Day, designated by a City Council Resolution, to celebrate and welcome refugees and immigrants in our community.  With music, activities,  games, food and workshops, it will be a fun and educational afternoon for the whole family. See Schedule page for details.

Why is Durham hosting Refugee Day?

In a February 2017 resolution, the City Council unanimously declared Durham open and welcoming to immigrants and refugees and “further reaffirms that Durham’s immigrant and refugee communities are integral to the life our city.” It also proclaimed May 6, 2017 “Durham Refugee Day” in Durham. More info in this News & Observer article.

Who should I attend Durham Refugee Day?

 Durham Refugee Day is a celebratory event for people of all ages. Come show your support and welcome for our refugee community.

Come to learn more about refugees, the resettlement process and how you can help welcome refugees build a foundation to becoming successful and contributing members of our community.  Please be mindful of your pet. People from different cultures have differing levels of comfort with animals, especially big dogs.

 Where is Durham Refugee Day taking place? 

Durham Refugee Day will take place at Durham Central Park, 501 Foster Street in Durham. This is the same venue as the Farmers’ Market. Booths and vendors will be under the covered pavilion.

Where can we park?

Street parking is available along Foster Street, Hunt Street, Rigsbee Street, Roney Street and Corporation. The Durham Centre Deck at 300 Morgan Street is two blocks away.

For more information, visit parkdurham.org.

How can I help? 

 Volunteers can help with Durham Refugee Day – before, during and after Refugee Day. For more information on how you can help, please visit our Volunteer Sign-up Form, or contact Nayo at CWS <KNayo@CWSGlobal.org> or Adam Clark at World Relief <AClark@WR.org>.

How can I become a vendor, speaker, or performer?

We would love to hear from you! You can apply to become a vendor, speaker, or performer through this application form.  We have limited space available, so please apply as soon as possible.

How can I support Durham Refugee Day?

 Your financial support for refugee resettlement is also both welcome and important. You can make a tax-deductible contribution to the general event and help cover costs, or give to either or both of Durham’s designated refugee resettlement organizations online or at Durham Refugee Day.

 Any contributions that exceed the costs of Durham Refugee Day event will be split equally between CWS and World Relief.  Contribute to CWS-Durham.  Contribute to World Relief Durham.

 Who is organizing and sponsoring Durham Refugee Day?

 Durham Refugee Day is jointly organized by the City of Durham, CWS Durham and World Relief Durham.  As a City endorsed event, Durham Police will manage traffic and road blocks around Central Park.