IsobarGOOD Takes on GirlForward to Empower Young Refugees

This past Sunday, the IsobarGOOD Committee spent the afternoon with GirlForward, a charity focused on empowering young refugees. GirlForward is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating and enhancing opportunities for girls who have been displaced by conflict and persecution.

Why refugees? Why girls? The world is in the midst of the biggest refugee crisis we have ever seen. Over 60 million people worldwide have been forced to flee their homes. In conflict, girls are especially vulnerable to violence, isolation and are often kept out of school. Girls who receive resettlement in the United States face huge challenges such as, poverty, language barriers, limited or disrupted education, isolation and trauma. GirlForward provides a safe space that offers tutoring, mentorship, workshops, and events to help them overcome these challenges.

In addition to learning about the inspiring work that GirlForward does, we also cleaned up after the annual “Prom” event that had been held the night before. This was an opportunity for girls and their mentors to come together as a group and unwind as they celebrate their accomplishments from the past year. It was clear that a good time was had by all based on the amount of glitter left behind!

Under the guidance of GirlForward’s Operations Manager, Emily, we swept and mopped floors, vacuumed, washed dishes, organized supplies and rearranged furniture.  In addition to our work on Sunday, we were excited to learn about the many ways we can support GirlForward in the future.  From donating supplies from their Amazon Wish list and staying connected through social media and their monthly newsletter, it’s easy to help make an impact!

The IsobarGOOD committee is always looking for opportunities to engage with our local communities and give back to causes that are important to the team. Although it was only an afternoon, we were able to help give these girls a clean and functional space to connect and grow.

Stay tuned for more updates on how the IsobarGOOD committee is making a difference in our community.