march 9, 2017 is fairfield county's giving day


In just under a month, on March 9, 2017, we will call on you to support IICONN for Fairfield County's Community Foundation Annual Giving Day.

Fairfield County's Giving Day is a 24-hour online giving marathon that provides support for more than 400 nonprofits, including IICONN. Last year, with your help, IICONN raised over $15,000. This year, with the US refugee resettlement program at risk, this call to action will directly help IICONN continue to resettle, rebuild, and reunite in Connecticut.

iiconn program spotlight: new americans microloan program

Securing employment is the primary imperative for newly arriving refugees to ensure that they can become economically self-sufficient and independent as quickly as possible. For refugees who aspire to maintain job security and seek to transition from entry-level jobs to more meaningful work with higher wages, the lack of transportation can be a significant barrier.

To address this challenge, IICONN sought to provide a pathway to independent transportation through the New Americans Microloan Program. IICONN is very pleased to announce its partnership with Newtown Savings Bank providing auto loan financing for our refugee and immigrant clients.

This partnership enables our clients to establish their financial identity, build their own credit histories and use the lending experience to create long-term traditional banking relationships.   The partnership also transforms the lives of the refugees IICONN serves. In December 2016, IICONN and Newtown Savings Bank disbursed our first auto loan to Alliance Asaba!

“The power of love, compassion and kindness is a ticket to a happier world.” – Alliance Asaba

Alliance and her husband arrived in the US as refugees two years ago. They have four children, ages 16, 14, 10, and 14 months. As Alliance and her husband became more settled in America, they realized the importance of having a car.  They had become used to using the city bus for work, shopping, and taking their children to activities but unfortunately had to limit those activities due to the lack of transportation.

“…[S]ome activities like soccer for my 10 year old son we do not sign him up as we do not have easy transportation to take him to and from the practices/games and he loves soccer. I have been here 2 years and 4 months and this is the next step in our American journey. We are working so our children will have a better life and more opportunities then my husband or I have had in our lives.”

Alliance and her husband have made tremendous progress toward becoming economically self-sufficient and well-integrated members of her community. Alliance has a stable job where she has been employed for two years and her husband recently joined the IICONN team as a Refugee Services Case Manager. For Alliance, securing a car loan for the purchase of a vehicle was an important step to empowering her and her family to realize their promise and potential.

“[We] are both hardworking and focused on building a foundation in this country and providing a better life and opportunity for [our] 4 children.  Everything [we] do is for [our] children.”

iiconn partner spotlight: newtown savings bank

“Newtown Savings Bank partnerships are grounded in the belief that to help bring lasting change, our partnerships must be relevant, sustainable and make a difference.  Newtown Savings Bank is thrilled to partner with IICONN which serves immigrants and refugees when they first enter this country and helps them stabilize, set up basic living needs and receive the skills they need to advance on a path toward self-sufficiency.  Newtown Savings Bank supports IICONN’s continuum of activities that are all focused on building the economic independence of IICONN’s clients: securing a first entry-level job in America, taking out a first auto loan, receiving one-on-one financial counseling.” – Peg Powers, EVP/Chief Credit Officer


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Salam Neighbor

Cohosted by First Congregational Church of Darien & the Darien Public Library

Monday, March 27th

Darien Public Library
1441 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820

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