As the U.S. military withdrew from Afghanistan, and the government's dramatic collapse unfurled in chaotic, upsetting scenes at the Kabul airport, many of us some 6,700 miles away in Seattle wondered how to help the lucky few who were able to get out. So far Seattle has welcomed dozens of refugees. But as the number of people in need begins to outweigh the available living spaces, local organizations are asking for help to support those affected by the Afghanistan crisis. Consider these events and organizations a living document of ways you can assist. Know of one we should include? Send us your tips at [email protected]
Join West Seattle culinary instructor Omid Roustaei for a virtual cooking class, where you'll learn to make Afghan-style chaar masalah, samaroq, and challaw. All proceeds go to World Relief Seattle.
This nonprofit aims to address the needs of Afghan immigrants and refugees through advocacy and aid. Volunteer your time and home (if possible) to put together welcome kits or contact government officials.
Helping families in King County achieve “health and stability” since 1892, JFS aims to provide the same to Afghan refugees. The org has compiled a list of ways you can assist, from donating items from an Amazon wish list to sending an email to the Biden administration advocating for both a safe evacuation and welcoming of refugees.
LCS Northwest has helped more than 40 Afghan allies since the U.S.’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. Volunteer opportunities are available, as is the option to provide housing and create “Refugee Starter Kits,” which provide arrivals with basic necessities.
Founded by Southeast Asian women and made mostly of immigrants or refugees themselves, ReWA assists Afghan refugees with housing, employment, and other services.
World Relief Seattle was originally founded to help refugees from Southeast Asia. Since then, it has expanded its efforts to encompass immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees from all over the world.
The IRC has been providing support to those resettling from Afghanistan since 1988 through advocacy and volunteer efforts.