Resources to help Afghan Allies
Posted: September 15th, 2021
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
- Looking for volunteers to assist Afghan refugees with airport pickups, housing and meals
- Focused on the Washington, D.C., Washington state, and Texas regions. Also accepts donations
Human Rights First
- Offers resources to protect Afghans’ online identities from the Taliban and pro bono legal services to assist Afghan evacuees
- Collecting donations
- Seeking pro bono lawyers
Hearts & Homes for Refugees
- Advocacy group for people who have Special Immigration Visas, including Afghan translators, engineers, security guards, embassy clerks, logisticians and soldiers who helped the U.S. efforts. It is accepting financial contributions.
No One Left Behind
- U.S.-based nonprofit devoted to “ensuring that America keeps its promise to our allies and their families who risked their lives for our freedom.” The organization aids Afghan interpreters trying to get visas and resettling in the country. It is accepting donations.
- Accepts donations and takes volunteers for supporting Afghan families that have already been evacuated from Afghanistan.
The International Rescue Committee
- Accepting monetary donations, and their Phoenix office is looking for volunteers to help connect refugees with apartments. Their Denver office is looking for volunteers to mentor families with their transition to the United States. To check what an office near you needs, go to their website, click “Where we work,” then “United States,” and select the local office that applies.
- The International Rescue Committee has an email form through which you can urge the Biden administration to take immediate steps to ensure “vulnerable Afghans have pathways to safety.”
The Welcome to America Project in Phoenix
- Accepting monetary donations, clothes, shoes, hygiene products and are seeking volunteers to get bikes ready for incoming refugees. Visit their website or Instagram for more information.
The International Refugee Assistance Project
- Accepting donations to help provide legal services to incoming Afghan refugees.
Keeping Our Promise
- Based in Rochester, N.Y., offers resettlement services, including skilled trades training and accommodation support.
Commonwealth Catholic Charities
- Is providing resettlement services and child care to Special Immigrant Visa holders from Afghanistan in Fort Lee, Va.
New American Pathways
- A nonprofit that supports resettlement based in Atlanta and is seeking volunteers to support Afghan refugees.
- In partnership with Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security sets up a fund to protect women’s rights activists in Afghanistan and those who have been evacuated from the country.
- Special Note: L.A.C.E.S. has not directly partnered with many of the charities mentioned above but we know that the services they provide are needed right now. We advise you to go to Charity Navigator the world’s largest and most trusted nonprofit evaluator for any questions you might have about an organization. Website: https://www.charitynavigator.org/