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In light of the escalating events occurring in Syria and the protraction nature of the crisis, there is an urgent need to support the Syrian people and a huge responsibility on every one of us, to stand up for the people who need us; now more than anytime before.From-Syria-with-love

Our role is vital and our responsibility towards the Syrian people increases, especially when funds are drying and interests of many people are decreasing, if not already absent.

Please make an effort to support the work of SAF/ UOSSM USA, by attending the fundraising, by volunteering some of your time, by donating, by spreading the word with your friends and families, and sharing info about the work of SAF and UOSSM USA through your social media.

Miracles don’t happen. But, there is a say: when a person works for a higher purpose than him- or herself, this is when miracles happen.
And they do!

Please spread the word and reserve your tickets ASAP  (before May 15) Remember to invite your friends and colleagues. Babysitting spots are very limited.

here is link to purchase your ticket online:




Dan Hurley is joined by Dr.Ashraf Traboulsi to talk about Syrian refugees issues.


The first ones here: Syrian family settles in


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American Red Cross Responds to Syrian Crisis Campaign

Clothing drive created as follow-up to need expressed at Listening Forum;
aims to bring warmth to the refugees of Syria

CINCINNATI (January 12, 2016) –  On October 28, the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the American Red Cross held its first “Listening Forum” as a way to hear and share information about the world’s many refugee and migrant communities.  This first forum focused on what is arguably the largest and most dire health crisis in the world at the moment: that of the Syrian refugees. The forum included panelist from the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM) who are currently serving and responding to the crisis. Attendees included agencies and organizations currently serving refugee populations.

During the forum, many people asked how they could help. The panelist talked about the need for coats, blankets, scarves, gloves, socks, sweaters and any other warm clothing items that could benefit the people of Syria that are braving the cold winters. As an outgrowth of this response, the Red Cross is holding a clothing drive in which all items collected will go to support the refugees in Syria.

The campaign begins on Friday, Jan. 15 and ends Friday, Feb. 12.

Items can be dropped off at various locations across the region:

1.     American Red Cross:  2111 Dana Ave., Cincinnati

2.     Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati: 8092 Plantation Dr., West Chester

3.     Xavier University Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue:  On Xavier’s campus- House Address 3853 Wedgwood Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45207

For questions about the drive, please contact Kayla Iheukwu, Red Cross International Services Coordinator, at or at 513-579-3023.



Help Miami Share the Love at home and abroad!



The Heroin Epidemic – Understanding Substance Addiction in Butler County & How It Affects Children

(Scott Gehring, CEO, Sojourner Recovery Services)

Weds 2/10 from 10-11 (JHN 136/137)

Supplies needed: Soap, shampoo/conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, hairspray (non-aerosol), shave gel (non-aerosol), pens, journals, children’s books, coloring books, crayons, and markers. Supplies provide “Baskets of Hope” for new rehab residents and their children in Hamilton, OH.


Syrian American Foundation (SAF) –


Understanding the Syrian Crisis

(Dr. Mel Cohen, Dr. Jerry Martin, Dr. Gina Petonito, and Dr. John Schaefer, Miami University)

Mon, 2/15, 1-2 PM (JHN 142)


Understanding Trauma – How the Syrian Crisis Affects Children

(Dr. Khaula Sawah, CEO, Union of Medical Care & Relief Organizations- UOSSM)

Weds 2/24, 1-2 PM (JHN 136/137)

Supplies needed: New or clean, gently used clothes, shoes, winter gear, and blankets (underwear must be new); towels and washcloths (new); diapers; small non-battery toys and stuffed animals; and crayons, pencils/pens, paper/notebooks. Supplies will be shipped directly by SAF/UOSSM to displaced persons in Syria.

Penny Challenge: Support your favorite charity (Sojourner Recovery Services or Syrian American Foundation) throughout the month of February by bringing your pocket change to the Information Desk in Johnston Hall. The winning charity will be given an additional $200 by Miami!

Supply Drive: Each grocery-bag sized donation gets you a lollipop and an entry into a drawing for a FREE IPAD (valued at $400)! We will be doing concentrated drives, sorting, and donation delivery on Friday, February 12th  and Friday, February 26th from 10 AM – 6 PM in Johnston Hall, East (Bookstore) Entrance. Donations for both charities will also be collected ongoing throughout the month of February. Bring your donations to the Information Desk in Johnston Hall at any time during business hours. Our goal is 100 boxes of supplies for Syria and 25 boxes of supplies for Sojourner Recovery Services.  Opportunities to sign up as a volunteer to assist with the supply drive will be provided by The Office of Community Engagement & Service (CES).  Please contact Crystal Ford for more details at (513) 727-3339 or For other Share the Love questions, please contact Ginger Wickline at (513) 217-4180 or


Sponsored by 

SERVE (Students Engaging in Real Volunteer Efforts), Circle K, Campus Activities Board (CAB), Model UN, Student Veterans Association (SVA), Miami’s Global Initiatives (Oxford), Psychology Department (Oxford) and Miami’s Regional Offices: Student Affairs, Student Activities, Dean’s Office, the English Language Center (ELC), the Office of Community Engagement & Service (CES), the Office of Diversity & Multicultural Services, and the Miami Middletown Diversity Council.


Miami Middletown – 4200 North University Boulevard – Johnston HallSHARE POSTER FINAL