Founded in 2015 by Dr. Selin Yildiz Nielsen and Sherry MacKay,
Glocally Connected welcomes world citizens into our communities.


Although Riverside county welcomes many refugees every year, there has never been a formally funded organization to support these families. Refugees were not even getting the three months of support that they were entitled. We focus on women and children, who often arrive with minimal English and lack of knowledge on how to “survive” in the US. Glocally Connected offers free English classes to the women, providing free transportation and daycare, and equally important: creating a community for these women, and rallying additional resources and support from the community.


Our Mission

Glocally Connected is a nonprofit organization that promotes community building in order to support the refugee population.

Our Vision

An interconnected dialogue to promote refugee rights and to see refugees integrated into their new community.


Our Goals

We aim to:

  • Write grants to provide support to meet the local needs,
  • Connect refugees to the resources they need to improve their lives in their new community,
  • Lobby at the local, state, and national level about public policies affecting refugees in the United States,
  • Lead local and national campaigns to increase public awareness around refugees, resettlement, and effective legislation. 
  • Establish mentoring relationships between community members and refugees,
  • Develop partnerships with educational institutions,
  • Organize volunteer opportunities,
  • Foster reciprocal cultural exchanges such as cooking demonstrations,
  • Collaborate with local government and other nonprofit organizations,

Mankind is a single body and each nation a part of that body. We must never say ‘What does it matter to me if some part of the world is ailing?’ If there is such an illness, we must concern ourselves with it as though we were having that illness.
— Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
As one person I cannot change the world, but I can change the world of one person.
— Paul Shane Spear
A man’s true security lies not in his own solitary effort, but in the general wholeness of humanity.
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky