Get to Know: The Welcome to America Project

Who They Are

The Welcome to America Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that operates out of Scottsdale, AZ. Since 2001 The Welcome to America Project (WTAP) has been helping refugee families new to the Phoenix area.  In the 11 years that WTAP has been around, they have helped welcome over 1,200 families. They have also raise over $1 million in in-kind donations since their inception.

The organization has received several high profile awards, including the CNN Hero Award, the YWCA Philanthropy Leader award, the Arizona Business Journal Women in Business Award, and many others.


What They Do

WTAP  helps get families started by donating furniture, household goods, clothing, and a warm welcome.

Their Mission Statement:

The Welcome to America Project is a nonprofit organization that creates community connections and builds bridges of neighborly understanding by providing furniture, basic necessities, education, and additional resources to newly arriving refugees.

We offer a simple welcoming gesture, but it is one that lasts a lifetime.

The Welcome to America Project was founded by Carloyn Manning after seeing an article in her local newspaper about refugee families struggling with their new lives here in the United States. She realized that those families just wanted the same thing everyone wants for their family – safety and security.

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