The Schultz Family Foundation, Stand Together Foundation, The Starbucks Foundation and Hello Neighbor today announced recipients of the Mobilizing America for Refugees Fund, which was created with the goal of engaging 10,000+ American volunteers to help resettle their new Afghan neighbors. Collectively, the four organizations are investing $1.3 million to support 60 community-based organizations in 32 states with Afghan resettlement efforts.
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. 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.
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.
Some examples of organizations receiving support from the Mobilizing America for Refugees Fund include:
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.
About the Schultz Family Foundation
The Schultz Family Foundation, established in 1996 by Sheri and Howard Schultz, former ceo and chairman emeritus of Starbucks, creates pathways of opportunity for populations facing barriers to success, focusing on youth transitioning to adulthood and marginalized populations, including Black, Indigenous, People of Color communities. By investing in scalable solutions and partnerships in communities across the country, the Foundation aims to help tackle the barriers and roadblocks that prevent individuals from reaching their full potential and, in doing so, strengthen our communities and our nation. Learn more at www.schultzfamilyfoundation.org.
About Stand Together Foundation
Stand Together Foundation is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty in America by driving change from within communities. We are building a community of social entrepreneurs who believe in people, work from the bottom up, and unite with anyone to do right. Since 2016, we have committed $100 million and counting to fuel the innovation of nonprofits throughout the country to build stronger, safer communities where all people can learn, contribute, and realize their full potential. Our goal is to help nonprofit leaders maximize their impact to transform more lives out of poverty. Learn more at www.StandTogetherFoundation.org.
About The Starbucks Foundation
The Starbucks Foundation strengthens humanity by transforming lives across the world, with a focus on enabling community resiliency and prosperity and uplifting communities affected by disaster. Established in 1997, The Starbucks Foundation is a Section 501(c)(3) charitable organization under U.S. law. Learn more at sbux.co/foundation.
About Hello Neighbor
Hello Neighbor works to improve the lives of recently resettled refugee families by matching them with dedicated neighbors to guide and support them in their new lives. Founded in 2017, Hello Neighbor started in Pittsburgh, PA and today serves over 500 refugees and immigrants a month. In 2019 the Hello Neighbor Network was formed, a coalition of grassroots organizations working in post-refugee and immigrant resettlement in the U.S. that comes together to grow and inspire change. Learn more at https://www.helloneighbor.io/ and https://www.neighbornetwork.io/.
Welcome.US is a new national effort that launched in September 2021 to welcome Afghan families as they get settled and build new lives in the United States. Welcome.US provides a single point of entry to channel the outpouring of support from Americans who want to get involved by donating supplies, money, or time to frontline organizations; offering temporary housing; or sponsoring refugees. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, President George. W. Bush and Laura Bush, and President William J. Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton serve as honorary co-chairs. Learn more at welcome.us.
Schultz Family Foundation – firstname.lastname@example.org
Stand Together Foundation – Awayland@standtogether.org
The Starbucks Foundation – email@example.com
Welcome.US – firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello Neighbor – email@example.com