Resettlement of Afghans in our area and what you can do to help
The Northern Nevada International Center is deeply concerned with the safety and welfare of the people of Afghanistan, many of whom are fleeing for their lives.
We continue to receive an unprecedented number of emails with offers of assistance and love in support of our efforts to resettle Afghans. We have resettled one Afghan SIV family so far and are expecting additional families in the weeks and months to come. Most of these families are currently waiting to be processed in one of eight military bases throughout the United States and some in other countries. The vetting of individuals who worked for the U.S. military will be quicker than those who are also deemed at risk but didn’t work for U.S. or NATO.
As we anticipate these arrivals, we are receiving questions for how people can help. Here are some basic steps if you want to donate items, volunteer your time, offering temporary or permanent housing or provide financial assistance.
What you can do to help
Donating or purchasing items for families
Thank you so much for your donations and desire to help and serve our refugee community.
Please note that we no longer have space for physical donations of general items, so we ask that you review our list of specific items needed so we can match items with specific families.
Item sign-up sheet
If you would like to donate, please sign up for the items on the sheet that you would like to provide. If you would like to donate to more than one family, feel free to click on other tabs on the sheet to sign up. If possible, we ask that you hold on to the items until we find a home for the family. Once a home is secured, you will get an email with their address so that you can deliver the items to the home of the new family. If you need assistance with transportation of large items, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org so transporation can be arranged.
If you have trouble viewing or signing up on the list, contact email@example.com and she will assist.
Offering temporary housing
If you are interested in offering your home on a temporary basis, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the temporary housing form.
Becoming a volunteer
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, contact email@example.com, and she will walk you through the following steps:
- Watch the training video.
- Fill out volunteer documentation and allow us to complete a background check.
- You will be assigned to a volunteer group in WhatsApp.
If you’d like to make a donation, check out our online donation portal for more information.
If you have questions, requests or need support, please see these resources below:
If you are eligible for an SIV, P-2 designation, or humanitarian parole and are in Afghanistan OR are a friend or family member of an eligible SIV, P-2, or humanitarian parole:
Make a safety plan:
- Identify a place where you can be safe, at least temporarily.
- Identify an outside person to notify about the specifics of your whereabouts.
- Identify another safe place to go if the situation at the initial place of safety changes.
If you are a U.S. citizen in Afghanistan OR asking for guidance on behalf of U.S. citizens in Afghanistan:
- Submit Repatriation Assistance Request via the U.S. Embassy Kabul online Those eligible for repatriation assistance are U.S. citizens, or spouses or minors of U.S. citizens awaiting visas.
- If you need additional assistance, email or call the Task Force for Consular Affairs for Afghanistan at ATF-TF1@groups.state.gov or +001-202-647-7400
If you are SIV eligible or a family member reaching out on behalf of an eligible SIV:
While there is no guarantee that there will be a speedy reply, fill out an inquiry for the U.S. Embassy in Kabul with a clear and specific request.
If you are, or are reaching out on behalf of a high-profile woman or women’s rights activist:
Email the State Department’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, which has a list devoted specially to evacuating women and girls: SGWI_AfghanReferrals@state.gov.
If you have a friend or family member in Afghanistan who is trying to evacuate:
Contact your Senator or Representative in Congress! Many Senators and House members are gathering lists of Afghans in need of evacuation, and passing along information to relevant contacts at the State Department. Find your House representative’s office contact here and your Senator’s office contact here.