Posted Aug. 1, 2021.
Escaping from the Taliban’s control of Afghanistan, thousands of Afghan people are resettling in the DC area. Northern Virginia is one of the top locations for resettlement. Rebuilding lives in a new country is a tremendous undertaking, and the need will likely grow as more people try to get out of Afghanistan. Many at UUCF have asked how to help. The following resources include information on donating money and household items, volunteering and advocating.
For more information or to take leadership on this issue, please contact Social Justice Coordinator Andrew Batcher.
KAMA DC provides a platform for immigrants to share their skills and stories and maintains two comprehensive resources: Resources for Afghans in the DMV and How to Support Afghans Arriving in the DMV Area. These resources include information on donating money and goods, volunteering, advocacy and refugee-assisting organizations.
Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area
Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSS) is one of nine resettlement organizations in the DC Metro region and the main organization resettling refugees in Northern Virginia.
- Donate items. Many items are needed to set up a new life. Learn what specific items are needed and where to donate.
- Volunteer to assist with food, transportation, home setups, translation and other needs. Additional volunteer needs include medical, mental health, legal and employment services. There’s also a great need for administrative assistance. If you can help in any of these areas, email firstname.lastname@example.org. But please be patient as LSS is being flooded with emails.
- Advocate. The situation in Afghanistan remains dangerous. Many are still looking to leave, and they will need assistance once they are here. Send a message to the Biden administration urging the administration’s commitment to Afghan resettlement.
All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS)
ADAMS is coordinating with mosques and relief groups in Northern Virginia to meet immediate and long-term needs.
- Donate here and specify “ADAMS Relief Fund – Afghan Evacuees”
- Volunteers who speak Dari or Pashtu are needed for interpretation both by phone and in person. Please sign up at this link. NOTE: Your information may be shared with U.S. State Department, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense.
Catholic Charities Diocese of Arlington Migration and Refugee Services
Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services (CCMRS) supports the resettlement of Afghan refugees in Northern Virginia, particularly those who assisted American personnel in Afghanistan.