Kandelia brings neighbors, supporters, partners and peers together to remove barriers to immigrant and refugee success. We convene a network of organizations working to provide youth and families with tools they can use to thrive. We create opportunities for community connections across generations, cultures and languages.
Food for Thought
This community event series is built around food, provocative topics and dynamic discussion rooted in the immigrant and refugee experience. Our aim is to start conversations and engage in shared, brave and communal learning by addressing our own identities, biases and lived experiences.
Events are hosted throughout the year across South, Central and North Seattle. We go to communities where the families that we serve are living or have been displaced to. Drawing on the notion of breaking bread, every event is centered around food and our commitment to only invest in serving food from local, people of color food vendors.
Kandelia ambassadors are community members who are passionate about addressing systemic inequities so that immigrant and refugee families and communities can flourish. Our ambassadors draw on their unique skills and life experiences to raise funds and awareness for Kandelia’s work. Ambassadors activate and engage their networks to champion change.
Volunteers are a vital part of the work we do at Kandelia. Our volunteers connect neighbors near and far to local immigrant and refugee youth and their families, serving the community in a meaningful and impactful way.
Kandelia values our collaboration with community partners. We leverage our experience to convene a network of organizations who provide immigrant and refugee youth and families with tools they can use to thrive. Working together, we are able to combine skills and resources to make an impact far greater than we could by working alone. We are grateful to all our community partners, including:
- Seattle World School
- Asian Counseling and Referral Service
- El Centro de la Raza
- Coyote Central
- Horn of Africa Services
- International Community Health Services
- Jack Straw Cultural Center
- Refugee Women’s Alliance
- Seattle Parks and Recreation
- Soccer Without Borders
To learn more about our community engagement work, contact Sieng Douangdala at email@example.com.
“This program teaches me new skills, how to communicate with other people. The most important thing is it’s fun. Everyone here is very friendly. It’s not like a classroom but like a family. So everyone gets along and has fun together.“