How You Can Help our Afghan Allies
Our partners at LIRS are making a call for help. If you would like to help, we invite you to consider making a donation of time, goods, or money.
LIRS is calling for volunteers to support incoming Afghan Allies, Special Immigrant Visa holders, who are being evacuated to the United States. Afghan Allies are currently arriving in the following cities; however, we want to be ready to welcome these families wherever they go!
If you are able to volunteer your time to help with services like airport pick-ups, apartment set-ups, or bringing a meal, please sign-up using the button that represents your region or sign-up for the general stand-by list.
*The forms add you to a list of potential volunteers. Volunteers will be contacted on an as-needed basis. Not everyone who signs-up will be contacted to volunteer.
If you would like to learn more about the situation or consider other ways to help please see the LIRS website.
If you are in the greater Washington D.C. area and would like to attend a virtual Town Hall on August 26 hosted by Lutheran Social Services National Capital Area (LSSNCA), REGISTER HERE.
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