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Five ways to help our Afghan neighbors in San Diego today

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The United States has begun a humanitarian evacuation and is relocating a group of Afghan evacuees to San Diego.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) in San Diego is working alongside communities and partners to support Afghans living in San Diego. 

SIV evacuees are interpreters, medical personnel and community members who served the U.S. government during the war in Afghanistan. The IRC has resettled more than 16,000 Afghan SIV recipients since Congress established the program in 2006, and is committed to ensuring that these families are given a chance to seek safety and rebuild their lives in the United States. 

San Diego County has been a preferred destination because of the area’s vibrant Afghan community. The IRC is prepared to welcome and support incoming Afghan evacuees assigned to our office for resettlement support.

Please email SanDiego [at] Rescue.org if we can answer any questions, and thank you in advance for your consideration.

Here are five ways you can support our neighbors in San Diego:

  1. Make an in-kind donation. In-kind donations help provide newly arrived refugees with the tools they need to integrate and achieve self-sufficiency. While we are still observing health and safety regulations due to COVID-19, we would greatly benefit from gift cards: Visa, Amazon, Walmart, and Target. Or to learn about which items best support newly arrived refugees and our donation policies, click here.

  2. Furnish a family's home. Interested in hosting a donation drive? You can organize the collection of physical donations from within your local community. The IRC will provide you with a list of necessary items to fulfill one complete supply list for a family here in San Diego. Learn more.

  3. Volunteer with the IRC. We have a number of volunteer opportunities in San Diego--like organizing a volunteer group to help us inventory in-kind donations (click here), or pick up families from the airport (here), or you can roll up your sleeves and join us as we set up a brand new home for an arriving family (here). To view our current opportunities and learn about our processing click here.

  4. Donate locally to the IRC in San Diego. As we continue to receive new evacuee clients into San Diego, we are working with local communities and partners to provide housing support, making sure their kids are enrolled in school and these families are receiving the medical care they need. Please consider becoming a monthly donor at any amount to help our local, San Diego-based staff continue serving refugees from Afghanistan and other crisis zones around the world. No donation is too small! Rescue.org/GiveSD

  5. Welcome a refugee. Open your home as a place of refuge for emergency temporary housing with IRC’s partner Airbnb.org’s Open Homes Program.