In the wake of the U.S. withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, the collapse of the Afghan government, and the Taliban’s takeover, many Afghans are fleeing for their lives. Tens of thousands of them are in danger because of their association with the U.S. mission. Only 16,000 Afghans have been given protection in the United States since 2014 through the Special Immigrant Visa program, and an estimated 18,000 Afghan allies and 53,000 family members remain in the processing backlog. As the Taliban continues to consolidate its power, the window for taking action to help the Afghan people is rapidly closing.
We know many SVCF donors and community partners want to help at this crucial time. Listed below are recommended Bay Area and national organizations that are supporting those affected by the Afghanistan crisis:
Jewish and Family Community Services, East Bay - The organization is assisting and providing opportunities for people to volunteer. To sign up, fill out a Community Sponsorship Groups form. Groups of four to six volunteers will assist case managers with tasks such as airport pickups, signing up refugees for their social services benefits, helping register children for school, providing ESL language support, and other related needs.
- Donate - Financial donations are needed to ensure proper staffing to support new refugees. Please click here to make a donation to JFCS East Bay.
Support - Consider purchasing resources from the organization’s Amazon Wish List. These items are shipped to JFCS – East Bay office in Concord and put directly into the hands of refugees.
Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley- In the South Bay, JFSSV expects to resettle about 25 people from Afghanistan by the end of August. Those who wish to volunteer directly, help refugees find housing, jobs, or donate furniture in great condition can contact JFSSV directly via their website.
International Rescue Committee Northern California - IRC has offices in both Oakland and San Jose, and the organization has resettled more than 16,000 Afghan refugees through the Special Immigrant Visa program established by the U.S. in 2006, more than half of those in California. IRC Northern California is raising $300,000 toward its “Afghan Soft Landing Fund,” which will be used to cover emergency temporary housing costs, and rental and utility assistance for refugee families. Donate here.
AFG Diaspora Hub - The organization has compiled a list of international charities and nonprofit organizations working to help people in Afghanistan, including the Women’s Regional Network, Doctors Without Borders, and United Nations’ Refugee Agency. www.afgdiasporahub.com
- GlobalGiving - The organization has established an Afghanistan Emergency Fund, which will distribute the money collected to vetted nonprofits working in the region.
SVCF will continue to work with our partners to identify reputable organizations that are providing relief efforts for Afghan refugees. We will update this page with any new information about supporting these causes.
If you are a SVCF fundholder and wish to give through your advised fund, please contact your philanthropy advisor or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Corporate partners of SVCF may also contact their philanthropy advisors directly.