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Volunteer takes to the streets to raise funds, awareness for refugees

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Sometimes all one needs to take a long journey is a bit of motivation.

Kasim Hasan, a management consultant who volunteers for Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services, got a firsthand look at the program’s services that assist refugees, asylees and other newcomers to the United States, and decided he wanted to do more to support those served by the program.

In January, Hasan, an avid runner, decided to take to the streets to raise funds for the MRS program. He ran trails throughout Falls Church, Springfield and Lorton, as well as trekked up and down his neighborhood on colder days. Hasan initially pledged to run 200 miles, taking the averages of distances traveled by Rohingya, South Sudanese and Syrian refugees in 2016 (according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees). But he increased his goal and logged 320 miles in the month of January, spreading awareness and raising funds in the process. 

 “In the end, it wore me out a little bit but my empathy toward refugees who I was running in solidarity with grew and grew,” said Hasan. 

 “Kasim generously donated his time to helping recently arrived refugees with updating their resumes and learning about the U.S. job interview process and the D.C. area job market.  As a child of immigrants, Kasim knows the challenges our clients face,” said MRS staff member Laurel Collins.  “We are so grateful to Kasim for his care and compassion for the clients we serve and for lending his professional expertise.”  

Skubic is a staff member of Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services. 

Find out more

To support Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services go to secure.ccda.net/Give/Give/Donate/Giving.aspx and select MRS in the dropdown menu.

 

 

 

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2021