Feb 112015

event info

Run for Your Life
An interactive, sensory refugee simulation designed by the UNHCR.

Tuesday, March 24 · 12:30 – 1:45

Moraine Valley, G-bldg/Gym
9000 College Pkwy
Palos Hills, IL 60465

For More Info
For more information, contact Mike McGuire at 708.974.5770 or by sending an e-mail

According to the latest statistics from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there are approximately 15.4 million refugees in the world. These are people who are forced to flee their homes and cannot return because they will be persecuted and possibly killed based on their religion, race, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. According to the Department of State, the United States has resettled at least 3 million refugees since 1975. An average of 2,000 refugees per year come to Illinois and many to the Chicago area.

“Run-for-Your-Life” Experience

Join us for a refugee simulation that was created by the UNHCR. Participants will role play scenarios faced by current refugees around the world. This interactive, sensory learning activity will be led by students from Mike McGuire’s Composition II class, which uses service learning as way of researching community and global issues. All are welcome, but the event is designed for more mature participants (age 14+). The students are also collecting needed items to set up an apartment in cooperation with Exodus World Service to welcome a refugee family to Chicago. We encourage you to bring one or more of the needed items. The list of needed items is below. For more information contact Mike McGuire.

Help a Family Feel at Home

You can help a displaced family by joining us in collecting needed items to help set up an apartment for them and welcome them to America. If you can donate an item or more from the list below, please sign up. Scroll down on the list, as there are many items. Also note that items do NOT need to be brand new. Gently used items are okay, too. Every donation makes a difference.

Donation Sign-Up Sheet
Sign-up for for one or more items below. Once you sign-up, we will send you additional information about where you can drop off the item(s) you will be contributing. Thanks so much!

Helping to Welcome a Refugee Family

Event Chairs: Michael McGuire, Luis Arias, Megan Schmidt, Pedro Calderon and Sam Benck

All spots have been filled.

Needed Item   Name of Donor
Set of Mixing Bowls    #1: Carol H.
Set of Baking Pans    #1: Elizabeth M.
Set of Pots and Pans    #1: Erika D.
Set of Cooking Utensils    #1: Nicolette V.
Set of Sharp Knives    #1: Cynthia R.
Measuring Cups and Spoons    #1: Mariah S.
Med/Large Cutting Board    #1: Laila H.
Manual Can Opener    #1: Panshula G.
3 Kitchen Towels    #1: Christine M.
3 Dishcolthes    #1: Layalee B.
Faltware for 8    #1: Toni S.
Dishes for 8    #1: Nelly R.
8 Drinking Glasses    #1: Jessica C.
1 Bottle of Dish Detergent    #1: Stephenie P.
2 O-Cello Type Sponges    #1: Alyssa C.
Kitchen Trash Can and Bags    #1: Shavonne L.
1 Roll of Aluminum Foil    #1: Lara A.
1 Roll of Plastic Wrap    #1: Mia J.
2 Rolls of Paper Towels    #1: Meg D.
Queen-Sized Blanket    #1: Kevin N.
Twin-Sized Blanket    #1: Jessica S.
#2: Paulina K.
#3: Liliana M.
Queen-Sized Sheet Set    #1: Kathy F.
Twin-Sized Sheet Set    #1: Velma S.
#2: Claudia V.
#3: Elizabeth M.
Bed Pillows    #1: Diem D.
#2: Ngai Yu L.
#3: Stephanie D.
#4: Muhammad A.
Clock Radio with Alarm    #1: Laila H.
Towel Set (bath towel, hand towel, and washcloth)    #1: Cathi P.
#2: Elizabeth M.
#3: Alexis S.
#4: keisha e.
2 Bottles of Shampoo    #1: Manal K.
4 Bars of Soap    #1: Manal K.
4 Tooth Brushes    #1: Manal K.
2 Tubes of Toothpaste    #1: Manal K.
Box of Feminine Supplies    #1: Manal K.
15 Disposable Razors    #1: Manal K.
4 Rolls of Toilet Paper    #1: Stephenie P.
Bottle of Hand Lotion    #1: Stephenie P.
2 Boxes of Kleenex    #1: Cathi P.
Small Trash Basket    #1: Mariah S.
Bottle of Cleaning Spary    #1: Laila H.
Can of Scouring Powder    #1: Elizabeth M.
Broom    #1: Noor J.
Dustpan    #1: Jessica S.
Plastic Laundry Basket    #1: Mariah S.
Pad of Paper    #1: Kim R.
Box of Envelopes    #1: Kim R.
5 Pencils/Pens    #1: Mariah S.
Book of Stamps    #1: Abby M.
Electric Fan    #1: Adaliz B.
Calendar    #1: Carol H.
Small Toolkit    #1: Mandoza E.
2 Light Bulbs    #1: Stephenie P.
5 lbs of Sugar    #1: Meg D.
10 lbs of Flour    #1: Rita K.
5 lbs of Onions    #1: Lynn T.
10 lbs of Potatoes    #1: Lynn T.
Gallon of Cooking Oil    #1: Kathy F.
5 lbs of Rice    #1: Kathy F.
Box of Teabags    #1: Sobia R.
Box of Salt    #1: Noor J.
Can of Black Pepper    #1: Layalee B.
Jar of Instant Coffee    #1: Muhammad T.
Case of Pop    #1: Travaughn C.