This year, we are donating part of our proceeds to Ithaca Welcomes Refugees, a volunteer-led initiative that was founded as a reaction to the global refugee crisis in 2015. Their mission is as follows:

“IWR works to foster a welcoming and fair environment for refugees and at-risk immigrants in our region.”

In addition to addressing needs in housing, financial assistance, community orientation, transportation, and other basic needs, they recently identified a barrier to accessing English language classes in Ithaca: lack of affordable childcare in the area. That’s when they started Global Roots Play School.

GRPS provides the following:

  • High quality and affordable childcare in close proximity to BOCES and Tompkins Learning Partners

  • Culturally-sensitive, play-based care where children feel nurtured while experiencing socialization

  • School and community support for families

We are so excited to work with them. Thank you to everyone who takes part in this collaboration, be it through buying a ticket, coming to perform, or spreading awareness!