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June is a special month for CWS Lancaster as we celebrate both Immigrant Heritage Month and World Refugee Day (June 20). Join us as we celebrate the immense contributions of our refugee and immigrant neighbors while recognizing the continued humanitarian crises that have forced more than 82 million people to flee their homes worldwide.

WXPN Welcomes Haitian “Powerhouse” Lakou Mizik to Lancaster World Refugee Day Concert on June 17.

JUNE 17, 2022

Binns Park
120 N Queen St
Lancaster, PA 17603








Church World Service (CWS) Lancaster and Music for Everyone are excited to celebrate World Refugee Day and Immigrant Heritage Month with a weeklong residency by musical powerhouse Lakou Mizik — culminating in a WXPN Welcomes Music Friday concert at Binn’s Park on Friday, June 17.

A multigenerational collective of Haitian musicians formed in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake, Lakou Mizik includes elder legends and rising young talents united in a mission to honor the healing spirit of their culture and to communicate a message of pride, strength, and hope to their countrymen and the world. The band has collaborated with acts as diverse as The Arcade Fire, Trombone Shorty, Tank and the Bangas, and Preservation Hall Jazz band.


In addition to the public concert, the CWS Lancaster and Lakou Mizik are partnering with local community organizations to provide workshops on Haitian drumming, dancing, and the historical importance of Haitian music during their residency in Lancaster.

City of Lancaster & Haitian Community Community Picnic

Millersville University Arts Smarts Camps

We’re so excited to be working with WXPN and Music for Everyone to bring Lakou Mizik to Lancaster in honor of World Refugee Day and immigrant heritage month. Thousands of new neighbors from all over the world, including Haiti, have come to call Lancaster home. Lakou Mizik’s music and their mission to educate our community on Haiti’s culture and indomitable spirit really embodies the strength and beauty of new neighbors who build new lives in peace and hope here.

– Valentina Ross, CWS South Central PA Director


Where to find us this Immigrant Heritage Month. We’d love for you to join us!

 June 2 

Documenting the Undocumented: How did Coronavirus Affect Undocumented Immigrants in Lancaster? Report Launch

Documenting the Undocumented explores how undocumented immigrants and people with temporary protected status (TPS) experienced the nation’s deadliest pandemic in history in Lancaster County. A research team from Franklin and Marshall College and CWS-Lancaster outline a number of findings, including the financial and psychological effects of the pandemic and the important role that local non-profits played in assisting families when they could not access rapid state or federal assistance. The authors link the findings to policy debates about immigration reform and mental health.

During this virtual launch, the authors will present their findings and Dr. Cristina Perez will comment on their implications for national debates about immigration reform. Dr. Perez is an Assistant Professor of American Studies at F&M and has published extensively on immigration and border politics. There will be ample time for attendees to ask questions and engage the authors.

 June 18 

Lancaster PRIDE

Join CWS Lancaster and Lancaster PRIDE as we celebrate Lancaster’s diversity! CWS Lancaster believes that no one should be forced to flee their home for being who they are or loving who they love. Lancaster Pride was created to celebrate LGBTQ+ individuals in Lancaster County.

 June 19 

Open Streets

Open Streets is a free family-friendly event that temporarily transforms Water Street into a pedestrian mall – complete with music, food, shopping, activities promoting physical well-being, civic pride, and personal and community connections. Stop by the CWS Lancaster table for kid-friendly global games and more information about our programs. We know that together we are building stronger and more diverse communities!

did you know?


were forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, human rights violations, and events seriously disturbing public order at the end of 2020. SOURCE



of these are legally recognized as refugees, defined as some who is unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion.



in the U.S. are migrants.




are represented by students at McCaskey High School


were welcomed by CWS Lancaster in fiscal year 2021, including neighbors from Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, Eirtrea, Burma, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Guatemala, El Salvador, Syria, Afghanistan

what can you do?

 Learn more! 

Invite a speaker from the New Neighbors Speakers Bureau (NNSB) or CWS Lancaster staff to speak to your organization or community group. Contact Rachel Helwig, rhelwig@cwsglobal.org, for more information.

 Explore Connections 

Forced migration, immigration, and asylum are impacted by social justice issues like access to affordable housing, racism, homophobia and transphobia, and poverty. How might your organization engage with forced displacement and immigration? And how can you educate others?

 Get Involved! 

Your organization can support new neighbors here in Lancaster with housing set-ups, in-kind donation drives, fundraising, and advocacy. Contact Chloe Corkery, ccorkery@cwsglobal.org, for more information. These are great professional development activities!

Your Support Matters!

Thank you for providing opportunities for refugees to rebuild their lives.