Donate

MFR accepts monetary and non-monetary donations. We are very grateful to our many donors, without whom none of this would be possible!

Monetary Donations

By giving to Madrid for Refugees, you sustain our efforts to assist and integrate refugees living in Madrid, as well as spread awareness in Spain and beyond.

Where does my money go?

The majority of our funds are being saved with the short-term goal of launching Espacio MFR, which will serve as MFR headquarters, a co-working space for refugees, a space to hold events, and a donation storage space. MFR is committed to transparency, so if you wish to know more about where your money is going, you can email our treasurer Murari at murari.perumalsamy@gmail.com / download our 2015/2016 financial statement.

Your contributions are vital for helping us achieve our goals. Donate now!

Non-Monetary Donations

The Donations Team facilitates donated clothing, shoes, household items, bedding, school supplies, and more from donors to refugees in need of assistance. We coordinate donation drives to benefit the individuals and families living at refugee welcome centers in Madrid, and we also respond to the specific needs and requests of refugees living in the community of Madrid.

Learn more:

What donations do we always accept?

Toiletries. Refugees consistently arrive at reception centers in need of essentials. We accept and distribute new and unopened shampoo, soap, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors and shaving cream, diapers, feminine hygiene products, makeup, and more. We will always accept these items.

What donations do we usually accept?

We usually accept in-season clothing, unless a need has been met and storage space is at a minimum. From October to March, we accepted winter coats, sweaters, shoes and boots, hats, gloves, scarves, pants, and long-sleeve shirts. Now that spring is here and we are moving into summer, we will only be able to accept lighter clothes appropriate for the weather.

Why can’t we accept everything?

MFR has no physical office or long-term storage space, so we can only accept donations on an as-needed and as-requested basis in our members’ apartments and in our team’s storage locker. We are also committed to maintaining a high standard of quality and cleanliness for the items we deliver to refugees. Accordingly, we kindly ask that interested donors review the acceptable donations checklist before proceeding.

Acceptable Donations Checklist:

  • If your donation is clothing:
    • Have the items been washed or will be washed before donation to MFR?
    • Are the items in gently used condition?
    • Are all buttons and zippers attached and functional?
    • Are the items free of stains, rips, and holes?
  • If your donation is toys/sporting goods, are the items in working condition?
  • If your donation is toiletries, makeup, feminine hygiene products, underwear, socks, or diapers, are the items new and unopened?

How to donate:

  1. Follow us on Facebook for the most up-to-date information about what we are currently accepting.
  2. Review the Acceptable Donations Checklist to make sure your donation complies.
  3. Fill out this Google form: to let us know what you’d like to donate and to be connected with your nearest Barrio Ambassador (BA). BAs are our awesome Donations Team members that represent a specific area in Madrid. Barrio Ambassadors will work with you to receive your donation, and will work with the rest of the Donations Team to deliver the donations to refugees. If you have special or extenuating circumstances, please email the team at donations@madridforrefugees.org.
  4. Smile- you are helping people in their transition to a safer and more stable life in Spain.

Work with us:

Would you like to help the Donations Team? There are two major ways to get involved beyond in addition to your one-time donation:

  • Drive for MFR: we always need more volunteers with cars to pick up bulky donations, or to deliver donations of clothing and household items to refugee families in the outskirts of Madrid.
  • Host events and mobilize your network: are you hosting a party for your social group or religious community? Do you teach at a school and want to involve your students with a meaningful project? Ask your attendees or students to bring and donate something useful for refugees in Madrid.
  • Email our Donations Manager, Jerome, at donations@madridforrefugees.org if you are interested in collaborating with MFR as a driver or hosting an event to collect donations on our behalf.

Barrio Ambassadors

Barrio Ambassadors (BAs) are members of the Madrid for Refugees (MFR) Donations Team who represent a specific geographic region in Madrid. When a donor contacts the MFR Donations Team to make a donation, they will be directed to the closest BA to facilitate their donation. Donors will be encouraged to bring their donations to the residence of the Ambassador or to a nearby place that is convenient for the ambassador, but the Ambassador may be asked to receive the donation from the donor’s residence or a nearby drop-off location (i.e. local business). Barrio Ambassadors may also direct donors to the MFR storage locker during times when all are available.

Would you like to help the Donations Team? There are three major ways to get involved beyond in addition to your one-time donation:

  • Become a Barrio Ambassador
  • Drive for MFR: we always need more volunteers with cars to pick up bulky donations, or to deliver donations of clothing and household items to refugee families in the outskirts of Madrid.
  • Host events and mobilize your network: are you hosting a party for your social group or religious community? Do you teach at a school and want to involve your students with a meaningful project? Ask your attendees or students to bring a toiletry item with them for donation to refugees.

 

Collaboration

Email our Donations Team, at donations@madridforrefugees.org if you are interested in collaborating with MFR as a driver or hosting an event to collect donations on our behalf.