CASA is an umbrella organization that brings together the experience and skills of many groups.
The Canadian Alliance for Syrian Aid (CASA) was created in the wake of the announcement that 25 000 Syrian refugees would be welcomed to Canada by the end of the month of February 2016. The announcement brought a wave of enthusiasm and generosity from the Canadian public, aware that refugees will need support upon their arrival. CASA aims at channeling all efforts to facilitate the integration of Syrian refugees in the Greater Montreal Area.
CASA is an umbrella organization that brings together the experience and skills of the following groups:
For more information on these organizations, please refer to our Organizations link.
CASA has access to warehouses all over Montreal in which we collect clothes, household items, stationery, toiletries, non-perishable food, etc. All the items were generously donated by the general population in order to help the arrival of Syrian refugees. When we hear of a need for such items from the refugee population, we can act quickly in order to deliver the goods.
CASA keeps a database with all volunteers who offered their time for the cause. While all volunteers are welcomed to be registered, CASA divides high-level of volunteers into different categories in order to be able to provide quickly targeted services to Syrian refugees. These categories include: Health and well-being (Dental care services, psychological/trauma support, etc.); skilled interpreters and translators; tutors; financial advisors; and, computer, media and communication skills.
CASA’s hotline is opened every weekday from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Any Syrian refugee in need of an item or of a service can call the hotline and CASA will help them through direct aid or through referring them to our volunteers or our warehouses. The hotline is also the appropriate channel to make offers of material goods or volunteering.
CASA also fundraises to provide for items or services that were not donated or are not available. Money will not be given directly to refugees but will allow the purchase of the said need. To donate, please visit our donation page.