Tens of thousands of Afghans have been forced to flee their homeland, many because of threats to their lives and livelihoods due to their association with the United States. Thousands of Americans are ready to welcome our new Afghan neighbors by donating goods, services, and time. To that end, the Mobilizing America for Refugees Fund is investing in local organizations that are committed to creating opportunities for Americans across the country to directly engage in welcoming and helping Afghan newcomers integrate into their new communities in partnership with local resettlement agencies.
The Schultz Family Foundation has partnered with Stand Together Foundation, The Starbucks Foundation, Welcome.US and Hello Neighbor to create the Mobilizing America for Refugees Fund. As a part of the effort, the Schultz Family Foundation, Stand Together Foundation, The Starbucks Foundation and Hello Neighbor are investing a total of $1.3 million to provide general operating grants to 60 organizations in 32 states to increase their capacity to serve individuals and families who have fled Afghanistan.
To support the effort, Hello Neighbor, a nonprofit committed to supporting refugees and immigrants, is leading a collaborative learning community as part of the Hello Neighbor Network to share best practices among grantees. Welcome.US is helping to foster collaboration, and coordinate among resettlement groups and civic organizations, including the more than 100 organizations that comprise its broad coalition of partners.
From coast to coast, community-based organizations who are receiving support from the Mobilizing America for Refugees Fund are tapping the goodwill of everyday Americans to welcome their new neighbors.These organizations are providing a range of volunteer-led services such as: welcoming events, English instruction, driving lessons, job navigation, school enrollment, clothing, household goods and furniture, and transportation to doctors’ visits.
A full list of organizations receiving support from the Mobilizing America for Refugees Fund follows below: