How you can help during the COVID-19 crisis

To all Friends and Partners of RAP:

RAP is completely dedicated to serving and helping resettled refugee families overcome poverty and other barriers to self-sufficiency. In light of the prevalence of COVID-19 in our communities, the executive board of RAP is initiating a new plan for helping refugee families in need:


We will be collecting donations of food, hygiene items, and activity supplies (see details in box). These items will be assembled into weekly care package kits for each family served by RAP. The kits will be distributed to the refugee families on our roster outside of their homes each Sunday afternoon.

Our refugee families do not have the option of working from home---if they do not go to work, they are not paid. Also, if the schools close, the families with children will have a significant challenge with childcare issues as well as higher food costs since the children will not be receiving school lunches. If they self-isolate, their options to obtain necessary food and other supplies are dangerously few.

We are dedicated to continuing to provide tools for refugee families to build their capacity for self-sufficiency and success. We will do everything we can to prevent temporary effects of responding to the virus from permanently derailing the families’ chances of success.

The RAP executive board asks you to donate (items or money) for the contents of these weekly care package kits. To donate food or items toward the weekly kits, please drop off or ship to John Otchy, 151 Westfield Rd., Fanwood NJ 07023.

To donate money toward the cost of kit contents, please do so via the Donate Now link found at the top of this page. (Donating to the general fund gives RAP teams the flexibility to use the money in ways that will best meet the specific needs of each family.)


Updates will be emailed and posted on Facebook. Please continue to follow and support RAP’s important work. Just as hygiene and staying healthy is important, it is also very important for the families to trust that no one is forgotten or left behind. Through our collective efforts, we can continue to make a huge positive impact on the lives of these families!

We Choose Welcome! (even in such a time as this…)


Items to Donate

White bread
Russet potatoes
Sweet potatoes/yams
Fresh ginger root
Green plantains
Onions of any kind
Fresh garlic

Creamy peanut butter
Vegetable oil
White corn meal
White long-grain rice, basmati rice
White sugar
Tea bags
Rice flour
White all-purpose flour
Coconut milk
Boxed milk/powdered milk
Boxed juice or nectar
Apple juice
Animal crackers
Canned vegetables such as green beans, peas, corn
Lollipops/hard candies
Dried beans (not canned)
Canned chickpeas
Paprika (smoked or regular)
Curry powder
Cayenne pepper
Black pepper
Beef/chicken/vegetable bouillon granules
Beef/Chicken/vegetable broth or stock

Hygiene items:
Dish detergent
Bar soap
Pine-sol/Lysol/all-purpose cleaner
Laundry detergent
Toilet paper
Trash bags

Activity items:
Coloring books
Puzzle books (find-a-word, hidden pictures, Mad-Libs or fill-in word games, etc.)
Magazines (family friendly)
Stickers of any kind