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Refugees welcome

How you can welcome Afghans in your community

Photo: Andrew Oberstadt/IRC

Many of the International Rescue Committee’s 20+ offices across the United States are helping newly-arrived Afghans, including those who worked with the U.S. in Afghanistan. 

These families often arrive with few belongings and need housing, food, home goods and other basics as they get on their feet. Even if your local office is not currently welcoming Afghan families, you can connect to help refugees and other new Americans.  

Find out all the ways you can get involved below. You can also look up specific opportunities in your community. 

Donate to help people arriving from Afghanistan 

Every IRC office has different needs but here are some examples: 

Cash. A cash donation is the most flexible way for people to help address urgent needs when in-kind donations are not feasible. Donations can help pay for safe and stable housing, medical expenses and more.

Items on a wishlist. Many offices have lists that include items such as kitchenware, cleaning products, laptops and school supplies. 

Gift cards. These allow families to identify and purchase exactly what they need. 

New or gently-used items. These needs vary by office so be sure to check before you give.  Some examples of recent needs include furniture, household goods and items for kids such as strollers or car seats. 

IRC clients receive emergency food assistance in Charlottesville, VA. Many families from Afghanistan are arriving with few belongings and need housing, food, home goods and other basics as they get on their feet.

Photo: Andrew Blunk/IRC

Volunteer to help Afghan families

Visit Rescue.org/Volunteer to find specific opportunities in your area. Common examples include: 

Setting up apartments. Help ensure families walk into a fully furnished and welcoming home. 

Running a donation drive. For offices looking for new or gently-used items, you can help collect donations in your community. 

Tutoring or mentoring. Some offices are looking for English language or citizenship exam tutors, mentors to help newly arrived refugees find jobs, and/or people to help with tech support and digital literacy. 

Other opportunities 

If you speak Pashto or Dari, you may be able to interpret for a local office. 

If you’re a landlord, you may be able to rent apartments to refugees.

If you’re a business owner, you may be able to hire refugees. 

If you have an Airbnb property, you may be able to participate in Airbnb.org’s initiative to provide transitional housing. 

Find opportunities in your area

An IRC staff member stands next to an IRC client holding a laptop.
IRC Missoula’s Employment Specialist Nick Smith delivering laptops to new refugee arrivals and helping them set up internet in their new homes. Photo: IRC

Arizona 

Phoenix 

Tucson 

California

Los Angeles

Oakland 

Sacramento 

San Diego 

San Jose 

Turlock

Colorado

Denver

Florida 

Miami

Tallahassee

Georgia

Atlanta

Idaho

Boise

Kansas 

Wichita

Maryland 

Baltimore 

Silver Spring

Montana

Missoula

New Jersey 

Elizabeth 

New York

New York

Texas

Abilene 

Dallas 

Utah 

Salt Lake City 

Virginia 

Charlottesville 

Richmond

Washington 

Seattle

Don’t have an office near you?

You can still take action: 

Donate to the IRC and your gift will be used where it is needed most.

Take action to tell the Biden Administration that the U.S. must welcome more refugees.