Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Watson Gives Back

The Watson Institute is proud to partner with the Dorcas International Institute to support refugees and immigrants in Rhode Island. Serving more than 450 refugees each year, Dorcas International is committed to welcoming families and individuals upon their arrival to Rhode Island and "accelerating their transition to become self-sufficient and active community participants." 

Dorcas International depends on individual and group volunteers to help new arrivals adjust to their new lives, and provide supplies to assist newly-arrived refugees establish homes in our community. If you are interested in joining our community drive, please review the list below, provided by Dorcas International. Donations are being collected at the Watson Institute at 111 Thayer Street and 59 Charlesfield. 

If you would like to learn more about the refugee experience in Rhode Island or are interested in further volunteer opportunities, we hope you will also join us for a film screening of The Resettled and Q&A with Dorcas International and BRYTE on February 27 at 6pm at the Watson Institute at 111 Thayer Street. 


Below is a list of items needed:

Toiletries      

Household Items     

Winter Gear        

Business Attire     

Deodorant

Pillowcases

Winter Jacket    

Formal Shoes

Shampoo/Conditioner    

Comforter

Snow Boots

Interview Clothes

Shave Gel

Sheets

Gloves

Razors

Blanket

Snowsuit

Razor Blades

Duvet Cover

Diapers

Laptop

Bar Soap

Cookware 

Tissues

Paper Towels

Dorcas International also maintains an Amazon wishlist. For a more detailed list of items requested, or if you would prefer to purchase items there, please visit Dorcas International's Amazon page, and type "Watson Gives Back" into the notes of your order.