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Help Us Welcome Afghan Refugees to Pittsburgh

As we welcome Afghan evacuees to Pittsburgh - we need your help.

These civilians and their families, will be resettled across the United States with Special Immigrant Visas (SIV) or with Parolee Status and will receive the same services provided to refugees.

Pittsburgh has been identified as one of the cities to accept the influx of these families.

Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS) and Acculturation for Justice, Access, and Peace Outreach (AJAPO) are responsible for the resettlement of families locally and have established a collaborative effort across organizations in Pittsburgh to make the resettlement successful.

Many will arrive to Pittsburgh without their worldly possessions. Help us help them build new lives here in Pittsburgh through donations, in-kind donations, and volunteer support.

Please make a tax-deductible donation as we welcome these families home. Your donation today will be allocated directly to help ensure their needs are met with safe housing, food and clothing.

Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS) and Acculturation for Justice, Access, and Peace Outreach (AJAPO) are responsible for the resettlement of families locally and have established a collaborative effort across organizations in Pittsburgh to make the resettlement successful.

As these families flee Afghanistan, many will arrive without their worldly possessions. Your donation today will be allocated directly to help ensure their needs are met with safe housing, food and clothing.

A fund has been set-up in partnership with the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Please make a tax-deductible donation as we welcome these families home.

Your in-kind donations are so helpful! As refugees arrive, each family comes with varying needs. Once you sign up for an item, a staff member will be in touch within 3-5 business days to update you on delivery information.

As we learn a new family or individual is arriving, we update items needed. Check out the donation lists for Afghan arrivals and sign up to donate.

We have a number of ongoing needs that are open on a rolling basis including purchase of gift cards and other items – sign up to donate an item here.

Questions, please contact Sarah Siplak, Volunteer Coordinator, 412-904-5970 or ssiplak@jfcspgh.org.

At this time volunteer opportunities are available on an as-needed basis. 

JFCS Immigration Legal Services is recruiting pro bono attorneys and volunteers to help fill out legal paperwork to assist with family reunification, SIV applications, and green card applications for new arrivals. Register to help our legal team!

When you sign up, please note that the opportunity might not begin immediately.

Register here.

In this critical time, we are working together with AJAPO and several other organizations to prepare to welcome Afghan SIV refugees to our city.

Our collaborative effort is comprised of three workgroups:

Our volunteer workgroup is comprised of ARYSE, JCC, Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh (Volunteer Center), Jewish association on aging, The Global Switchboard, and City of Pittsburgh (Welcoming Pittsburgh)

Our housing workgroup includes Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania, The Global Switchboard, Ansar of Pittsburgh, JFCS Refugee & Immigrant Services, and Action Housing

And finally our Shopping and in-kind donations workgroup is with United Way of Southwestern PA, Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, The Salvation Army, Casa San Jose

Stay updated with what’s happening at JFCS to make sure you never miss an opportunity to get involved. Read our August newsletter with info about the Afghan refugees. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to get in the moment updates.

Learn more about the crisis in Afghanistan through our national partner HIAS.

Learn more about Afghan refugees with these FAQs.

Epoch Times – Pennsylvania Prepares to Rehome Afghan Refugees

KDKA News – Pittsburgh Groups Preparing for Afghan Refugees (video/article)

Pennsylvania Capital-Star – Pa. has long been a home for refugees. Will Afghans be the next to find shelter here? (article)

Philadelphia Inquirer – Western Pa. groups prep for fleeing Afghans seeking to resettle in Pittsburgh (article)

Pittsburgh City Paper – Pa. has long been a home for refugees. Will Afghans be the next to find shelter here? (article)

Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle – JFCS helps resettle Afghan refugees in Pittsburgh (article)

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – ‘We have a real responsibility to these people’: Pittsburgh groups trying to help fleeing Afghans (article)

TribLIVE – Western Pa. groups prep for fleeing Afghans seeking to resettle in Pittsburgh (article)

TribLIVE – Afghan refugee in Pittsburgh worries about relatives, friends trying to flee (article)

WESA – Pittsburgh Will Help To Resettle Refugees Fleeing Afghanistan Crisis (article)

WPXI – Pittsburgh Jewish organization assists Afghan refugees relocating to the area (video/article)

WTAE – Pittsburgh’s Jewish Family and Community Services prepares for Afghan refugees (video/article)

WTAE – Pittsburgh organization assists in Afghan refugee resettlement (video/article)

York Daily Record – Pennsylvania prepares to help Afghan refugees resettle here after Taliban takeover (article)

Media contact: Allie Reefer, Public Relations Specialist | areefer@jfcspgh.org