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Ways you can help Afghan refugees

Are you in need of resettlement support?
Use this tool to find legal aid, medical care, housing assistance, education and more.

To find assistance near you, click here.

Volunteer with a local resettlement agency.
Refugees thrive when their communities welcome them and are involved in their integration.

To find an agency near you, click here.

Welcome.US

Welcome.US is a new national effort — built across sectors, political parties, and all walks of life — to empower Americans to welcome and support our new Afghan neighbors. In partnership with resettlement agencies, community leaders, refugees, nonprofits, businesses, faith-based organizations, veterans, universities, governors and mayors, and many others, Welcome.US will create a single point of entry for Americans who want to get involved and support the people starting new lives in the United States. Find additional information about donating time and resources https://welcome.us/opportunities

For additional way to help Afghan refugees, please click below.

Housing

Housing will be one of the greatest needs in the coming days and weeks.
The organizations below offer ways that you can temporarily host refugee families when they arrive in the U.S.

Nationwide:

Area-specific:

  • Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services: LIRS facilitates in-home evacuee hosting for residents of Seattle/Tacoma, DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia), Houston, and Fort Worth

  • HIAS Pennsylvania: HIAS is seeking realtors and landlords in Philadelphia, PA who can provide affordable housing to evacuees for six months to one year. Please contact community engagement specialist Anneke Kat at community@hiaspa.org

  • World Relief Sacramento: World Relief facilitates in-home evacuee hosting for residents of Sacramento, CA for periods of a few days to to three months based on availability

Legal Services

Many evacuees will be coming under the designation of humanitarian parole and will need support to apply for asylum.

Medical and Mental Health Services

Below are resources and ways you can offer medical and mental health services to incoming refugees and members of the Afghan diaspora.

Interpreters/Translators

As Afghan refugees begin to arrive in the United States, interpreters and translators will be needed to help them speak with officials who are processing documents, offering medical care, and providing other services.
Below are opportunities for those who speak Dari
or Pashto to help incoming refugees.

  • Pashto and Dari INTERPRETERS are needed to assist Afghans arriving for resettlement at Dulles International Airport in Virginia. Please email hdmrc@fairfaxcounty.gov with subject line “Afghan Interpreters”

  • Pashto and Dari INTERPRETERS are needed immediately at NOVA Community College in Annandale, Virginia. Volunteers are asked to report in person ASAP at 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA

  • Human Rights First: HRF is looking for interpreters and translators fluent in either Dari or Pashto. Volunteers must be fluent in English. Please fill out the form if interested.

Employment Services

Once the refugees are placed in permanent housing, they will need assistance and resources to find employment opportunities.

Ways to Contact Congress About Resettlement Efforts

Below are resources that make it easy to contact your member of Congress about the Afghanistan evacuation and resettlement efforts.

  • Church World Service: CWS is a faith-based organization that provides contact information, email templates, and social media posts to urge lawmakers to help Afghan refugees

  • Afghanistan Congressional Call Script: Afghans for a Better Tomorrow compiled this call script for those wishing to contact their representatives; includes contact information for congressional committees and other resources

  • Human Rights First: Sign this petition to urge the Biden Administration to help our Afghan partners

Other Ways to Help

  • No One Left Behind has an urgent need for virtual data entry assistance with converting passports and other biographical data into Excel format to send to the Department of State and Congress.
    Please contact
    seank@nooneleft.org for more information.

  • World Central Kitchen’s Chef Relief Team is serving meals to refugees arriving from Afghanistan to Dulles Airport, many of whom have not eaten for days. Volunteering will include accepting deliveries from restaurants and distributing them to refugee families

  • International Rescue Committee (IRC) needs support for SIV Cohort Assistants in locations where they are processing Afghan arrivals to the US