Hyde Park Refugee Project relies on the incredibly generous support of our community. We are immensely grateful for the many donations that make our work possible and allow refugee families to begin building their lives here.

HPRP is administered entirely by volunteers. Programs include in-home mentoring and English language tutoring, in-school tutoring and summer camp

A family’s first year requires intensive work and resources, which is why we’re asking for your help. We hope you will think about the plight of refugees worldwide, join our efforts to act locally, and help make a real difference in the lives of our new neighbors.

Donations of any size are welcome. 

Financial and in-kind donations are tax-deductible through our umbrella organization, Hyde Park & Kenwood Interfaith Council.  

Thank you for supporting the Hyde Park Refugee Project. Your generosity makes an enormous difference in the lives of refugee families living in Hyde Park.


Financial Donations

If you wish to help support Hyde Park refugee families and ongoing Hyde Park Refugee Project activities by making a financial donation, you may do so here

If you would like to mail a check, please make it payable to Hyde Park & Kenwood Interfaith Council (HPKIC), 1448 E. 52nd Street, #117, Chicago, IL 60615 and write Refugee Project in the memo line.

In-Kind Donations

The Hyde Park Refugee Project accepts donations of goods and services to support refugee families settling into new lives in Hyde Park. In-kind donations of goods (new and gently used) may include apartment furnishings, kitchen appliances, electronics, school supplies, bikes, and more. We have minimal needs for in-kind donations when we are not actively welcoming a new family and we regret that we are not able to accept everything that is so kindly offered to us.

Gift cards to local stores, such as Hyde Park Produce, Target, or CVS, and Ventra cards for transportation are always appreciated, as are financial donations.

We are currently seeking in-kind donations to furnish an apartment for an Afghan family of seven arriving in early December 2022. Please see our Sign Up Genius to make a donation:


Which in-kind donations are not accepted? 

We are unable to accept bedding and we generally do not accept clothing because it is difficult to match sizes and cultural expectations and there are alternatives that provide our families with choice (i.e. bi-annual Parent Support Network clothes swap).  

If we cannot accept your donation, we encourage you to reach out to the following organizations: 


Local schools have been a very generous and creative source of new funding holding bake sales, making and selling jewelry, or starting clubs to help raise money. For instance, generous donations raised by the Lab School Refugee Club enabled us to purchase items for the second family’s home and provide a catered welcome lunch upon their arrival.

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