We offer a simple welcoming gesture, but it is one that lasts a lifetime.
WTAP 2018 Annual Report

2018 marked a year of impressive expansion for The Welcome to American Project! In March, we moved our officers to a space with a larger warehouse and dedicated office to increase our services to refugees. We're proud to say that we did not miss a single refugee family Welcome, Clothing Closet or other such service during our move. We also made the move without expenditures for a moving service, instead relying on massive participation from our volunteers.

The move to a new warehouse has allowed us to secure unique partnerships. Through our partners, each Welcome/Delivery now includes a computer, a bicycle, a television, a stock pot and a soccer ball. These items are tools to self-sufficiency for refugees. Jobs, education, language skills, nutrition, friendships and recreation are much improved as a result of these inventoried items.

Arizona provides a tax credit for individuals who make contributions to charitable organizations, known as Qualifying Charitable Organizations (QCO). Individuals making cash donations to The Welcome to America Project may claim these tax credits on their Arizona Personal Income Tax returns. There's still time for the 2018 tax year to make a donation!

Thank you for your support!

April is WTAP Month at
Rewined Beer & Wine Bar

No foolin’ - Our friends at Rewined, Central Phoenix’s chillest new 90s themed hot spot, have made April WTAP month. Owners Jordan and Jonny, frequent WTAP volunteers, are offering 10% of all proceeds from their April tap to WTAP. And those who’d rather have a soft drink can donate too. Drop by, say hi and support refugees. Rewined even offers Syrian sweets. We are all part of the welcome! Thank you Rewined, for the role you play.  I’ll tell you what I want what I really really want . . . 

Rewined Beer and Wine Bar
3308 North 24th Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85016

Volunteer Spotlight

If you visit WTAP on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, you’ll be greeted with a big smile from our weekly volunteer, Mary Wippel ! For over 10 years, Mary has been a volunteer at WTAP, assisting with sorting donations and packing for our families. A retired teacher, Mary spent the majority of her career teaching elementary vocal music and classroom education, spending many years working with intercity schools. In fact, she has been a committed volunteer for her entire life. Growing up in Washington, Mary moved to Arizona and started teaching in Tucson during a teacher shortage. Mary soon joined the Peace Corps and went to Morocco, teaching in an orphanage with over 900 children. She was sent to teach music but she remembers more vividly the students teaching her about their music, which she still loves to this day. You will hear volunteers at our warehouse talk about how Mary introduced the Beatles to Morroco. It's true. She gathered students around the radio to let them experience this music revolution.  

Mary retired from the Phoenix Unified School District in 1998, and began volunteering her time at a local library, helping students to improve their English-language skills.

Mary enjoys volunteering at WTAP because it allows her to be part of something positive. We are all part of the welcome, and Mary’s time and dedication to our refugee friends shows what giving just a few hours a week can do! 

WTAP Open House a Success!!

Thank you to everyone who attended our WTAP Open House on Saturday, Feb. 23rd! What an amazing turnout! We enjoyed visiting with volunteers and supporters and were happy to see so many old and new friends!

Special Thank You to . . .
Our Committee Members
Heather Novak , Karen Handelman ,
Francesca Thomas, Claire Novak,
Riley Novak, Maya Handelman
& Lila Handelman

Event Day Partners
PCs for Refugees
Phantom Cyclist

Ottilie Yee
Raffle items
Zaytoon Natural Products
Fine Arts by Nada
Teresa's African Boutique
Bati Bazaar

Goodie Bags
Women's Empowerment Program at Lutheran Social Services
of the Southwest

ABC Mart
Queen Greek Catering
Syrian Sweets

Tues, Weds & Sat - 8:00 to 11:00 am
1711 W. University Dr. #158, Tempe, AZ 85281