Our Mission

Three Spinners is dedicated to welcoming refugees and immigrants to Champaign-Urbana with immediate support for basic needs. Through the generosity of the Illinois community, we provide educational support, housing assistance, and essential services as these newcomers integrate into our community.

Guiding Principles

Share Our Resources

Champaign-Urbana is a generous community with a long history of welcoming new faces and different cultures. We are helping struggling families move, get shelter and meet their basic needs. You can join these efforts by volunteering, co-sponsoring refugee families and donating school supplies and household items.

Advocate for Displaced Persons

Right now, we have the opportunity to reaffirm these values by being more, not less, welcoming to people no matter where they come from or how they choose to worship. As part of the YMCA’s New American Welcome Centers effort to build a more inclusive and welcoming communities, we welcome all people without regard to nationality, religion, or legal status. We commit to come together to solve problems, not make each other the problem. By recognizing the contributions that we all make, we make our neighbors feel more included and our community more welcoming to everyone who calls our community home.

Stop Hate

We act because our humanity urges us to reach out to people living in fear. No one deserves to know the ugliness of war or the pangs of hunger. We encourage you to become part of our cause and speak out in the face of violence and hatred.

Our Initiatives

  • Provide scholarships for international students from our local high schools to Parkland College. Our Education for All initiative will allow us to invest in students who may not otherwise be eligible for financial support with the opportunity to pursue a degree at Parkland College.
  • Offer short-term assistance for refugee and immigrant families until they settle into their new lives in the community. The Housing for All initiative supports current housing costs.
  • To continue providing emergency services for refugees and immigrants who are new to Champaign-Urbana. Our discretionary funds allow us to respond to last-minute needs for our friends and neighbors.

We believe that ALL newcomers deserve to feel welcome in the IL community, no matter the circumstance. As a friend of Three Spinners, we know you do, too.