Megan O’Connor is an Arizona native with several years experience working with local resettlement organizations in Phoenix before joining the Welcome to America Project. She began working for WTAP 2009 as a Development Director, where O’Connor provided leadership, strategic direction, management and coordination for all marketing and fundraising efforts. In 2010, she was promoted to Executive Director, where she has created strategies that have increased the organization’s financial support from individuals, corporations, and foundations O’Connor is a graduate of Arizona State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science; and participated in a study abroad program at Charles University in the Czech Republic where she focused on international studies. In 2011, O’Connor was awarded a 2011 Carl Wilkens Fellowship, which provided the opportunity for her to continue to advocate locally for victims of genocide arriving in Arizona.
The Welcome to America Project is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 2001. Their mission is to create community connections and build bridges of neighborly understanding by providing furniture, basic necessities, education, and additional resources to newly arriving refugees.
Download & Listen Free
Fleeing Refugee Tells Story 06/01/12
At least 22 million children are currently displaced by armed conflict and human rights issues. Guest Megan O'Connor is joined with a refugee her organization help when she landed in the USA three years ago from Iraq. The Welcome to America Project (WTAP) is a non-profit organization that creates community connections and provides furniture, basic necessities, education and resources to newly arriving refugees through the help of volunteers and donation. They have helped over 1000 families since 2001 through the help of volunteers and donations.
If you want to call in live and speak with the host, be sure to dial (347) 637-2532. You will be placed into the caller queue where you will still be able to hear the show while you are on hold. Visit www.HelloDrCJ.com for more
Help for Refugees The Welcome to America Project 04/13/12
A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. Most likely, they cannot return home or are afraid to do so. War and ethnic, tribal and religious violence are leading causes of refugees fleeing their countries.
Guest Megan O'Connor is the Executive Director of The Welcome to America Project, a non-profit organization that creates community connections and builds bridges of neighborly understanding by providing furniture, basic necessities, education, and additional resources to newly arriving refugees through the help of volunteers and donations. They have helped over 1000 families since 2001, when the organization was founded in response to 9/11. In 2009 the founder was honored as a CNN Hero. Every Saturday, groups of volunteers gather for move-in day where they help a family move into their new home. Families come from places like Nepal, Sudan, Afganistan, Iran, Iraq and the Congo and many have waited years for the opportunity.
On April 21, the foundation will be holding an annual fundraiser, a prom-themed dinner, dance and silent auction. Megan will share information on what the foundation does, the stories behind the refugees and how they come to live here legally, what they must do to come to the U.S., and what happens once they are here. For more details visit www.wtap.org.