The Welcome to Maryland Fund supports Afghan who have fled their country to resettle in Maryland.

The United States began a humanitarian evacuation in August 2021 and is relocating over 70,000 Afghans Humanitarian Parolees to the country. These Afghans 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 Afghans across the county since 2006 and is equally committed to ensuring that those arriving today are given a chance to seek safety and rebuild their lives in the United States.

The IRC in Maryland has resettled more than 2,000 Afghans since 2006 in Baltimore and Suburban Washington. Our staff, in coordination with individual volunteers and community organizations, anticipate resettling over 1,100 Afghans between October 1, 2021-February 28, 2022.

Thank you for donating to the Welcome to Maryland Fund and supporting the resettlement of Afghan Humanitarian Parolees in our communities!  

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For more information, please contact Development Manager, Mark Youmans.

Additional Information

Welcome to Maryland Fund

The Need: Refugees only receive a one-time amount of $1,025 per person to cover initial basic costs and this amount is the same regardless of where in the country they are resettled. Most refugees arriving in Maryland are coming to join family members who are often not yet financially stable themselves. As a result, the refugees served by the International Rescue Committee typically require additional support as they get on their feet in the United States.

A Solution: You can help! The Welcome to Maryland Fund provides housing assistance and other critical services for refugees who have arrived in Maryland.