WTB has worked with interfaith and women’s groups with whom we share similar goals. Some are organizations for which we’ve raised money because we admire their programs and outreach.
- Chadwick Residence is a local hospitality ministry for women in transition. We have gathered supplies for those who live there and have held some programs with the women who live there.
- Grandmothers to Grandmothers is a Canadian organization that helps grandmothers in sub-Saharan African countries by providing food, housing grants, school fees, and grief counseling for children orphaned by AIDS. We raised money for it at our 2008 International Dinner.
- Ibtida is a Pakistan-based educational organization through which we sent money in 2003 to build a school in Pakistan.
- InterFaith Works (formerly the Interreligious Council of Central New York) is an umbrella group for many of the religious organizations in the area, and we have collaborated with them in projects serving New Americans and in cosponsoring the annual World Interfaith Harmony Assembly.
- The Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation is a local non-profit honoring Gage, one of the leaders of the suffragette movement; we have collaborated in organizing educational programs.
- We have joined Mothers Against Gun Violence in holding candlelight vigils at locations in Syracuse where someone died from a shooting.
- Relatives As Parents Program (RAPP), which gives critically-needed help to relatives caring for children outside the foster care system, received funds through one of our international dinners.
- With the Syracuse Federation of Women’s Clubs we collect donations for Salvation Army Christmas baskets and Zonta projects on behalf of girls.
- Women for Women, our 2006 fundraising project, is an organization that helps women in war-torn areas rebuild their lives through microfinancing.
We network with other interfaith organizations:
- The North American Interfaith Network brings together people of faith from the US, Canada, and Mexico. WTB co-founder Betsy Wiggins has served on its program committee.
- Spiritual and Religious Alliance for Hope (SARAH), Santa Margarita, California, is an organization with similar goals.
- The Interfaith Observer began in 2011 as an electronic journal that explores the interfaith movement.
- United Religions Initiative is an international interfaith network active in 78 countries. WTB co-founder Danya Wellmon has served as vice-chair of URI North America.
- Women’s Interfaith Solutions for Dialogue and Outreach in Metro Detroit (WISDOM) is a Detroit-based interfaith group.
- YouthLead, formerly Interfaith Action’s Women’s Initiative, in Sharon, Mass., is another group with which we’ve exchanged ideas. The name stands for Youth Leaders Engaging Across Differences.
We have also collaborated with other local organizations in carrying out various projects:
- Literacy CNY (formerly Literacy Volunteers of Greater Syracuse), affiliated with ProLiteracy Worlwide, with headquarters right here in Syracuse, is an organization we became involved with in our early days, and some WTB members are tutors there. One of our first dinners helped raise funds for their important work in this area.
- Syracuse City School District Refugee Assistance Program has been the host site of our sewing classes for New Americans, currently at the Northside Learning Center.
- Syracuse Grows promotes community gardens and urban agriculture in Syracuse; we collaborated with them and other organizations in establishing a community garden for New Americans on Isabella Street.
To promote interfaith understanding among the diverse religious communities in the Syracuse area, we have organized World Interfaith Harmony Assemblies and Journeys to the Tent of Abraham. We collaborated with local organizations in more than 30 service projects during A-OK! Acts of Kindness Weekends in 2010 and 2011.
We are partners in the Charter for Compassion, and several of our leaders were instrumental in getting Syracuse and Onondaga County to sign up as Participating Communities in the Charter for Compassion in 2016.