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Afghanistan: Resettlement and How You Can Help in Maryland

Greater Washington DC Area:
Lutheran Social Services National Capital Area (LSSNCA) Hyattsville and Dale City, MD

Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services Silver Springs

  • (Very) Gently used furniture donations
  • Household items Amazon wishlist
  • Collect winter items for their immigrant and refugee clients to help them prepare for colder weather.
    • They are looking for: winter coats, hats, gloves, scarves, baby winter items, winter socks, and blankets of all sizes before September 24, 2021. See more information here.

International Rescue Committee (IRC), Silver Springs

  • With its office in Silver Spring, IRC has supported the resettlement of Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders in the DMV.
  • More information on the work the Silver Spring office does.
  • The IRC has set up a “Welcome to Maryland” fund to support the resettlement of Afghans in the area. You can donate to the fund online.
  • The IRC Silver Spring office has a number of volunteer opportunities, including housing set up, leading an effort to fully furnish a new home, family mentors, and more.
  • The IRC and Homes Not Borders also have an Amazon wishlist.
    • They are currently asking for a range of items, including Amazon gift cards.

Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC), Silver Springs

  • Accepting Monetary Donations
  • Volunteer: Apartment set up, Airport pickup, Transportation, Mentorship, Tutoring, ESL Aide, Co-Sponsorship

Other Ways to Help

Homes Not Borders need everything to make a house a home from towels and kitchen utensils to coffee tables and dressers.

  • See more information here, including a complete list of what they need here, schedule a pick-up, or drop off furniture at their warehouse (3610 East Street Landover, MD) between 10 am and 2 pm every day.
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