Afghan Refugee Help

Afghanistan children with text reading Afghan Refugee Help

The City of Fremont’s Human Services Department is raising money to provide direct assistance to Afghan refugees who are arriving to the Tri-City area from Afghanistan. 

 Fremont is home to one of the largest Afghan communities in the Country and many residents and businesses have asked how they can help. The Afghan Refugee Help fund will be managed by the City's Human Services Department, which will work with local Afghan partner organizations to determine the priorities and needs of those new arrivals to our Country. Funds will be used for housing, food, clothing, and other items or services to assist refugees expected to arrive in our area. 

Fremont’s community has a strong track record of coming together in times of need, and we appreciate the support - no donation is too small.

Green Donate Now button links to online donations page

Other Ways to Give: 

To donate by check, make check out to City of Fremont, with AR Help noted in the memo, and mail to City of Fremont Human Services Department, P.O. Box 5006, Fremont, CA 94537-5006. 

If you have questions about other ways to make financial contributions to the Afghan Refugee Help fund, please contact Paula Manczuk-Hannay, Development Officer, via email or call 510-574-2049.

Item Donations: 

The Human Services Department is not accepting donations of items such a clothes, furniture, or household items.  We do work closely with partner organizations throughout the Tri-Cities, and the entire Bay Area and stay up to date on their needs. If we learn of organizations accepting item donations, we will post them here and send updates via our weekly email updates. 

You can subscribe to our weekly email updates here.

Volunteer:

If you are looking for opportunities to volunteer to assist with the resettlement effort:

JCFS East Bay Volunteers

Volunteers can assist case managers with tasks such as airport pickups, signing up refugees for their social services benefits, helping register children for school, providing ESL language support, and other related needs. Sign up here.

 IRC Oakland Volunteers

 For volunteer opportunities & donations,  Cameron Siceloff, Volunteer & Donations Coordinator via email

Housing

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Oakland and the Burma Refugee Family Network (BRFN) are leading a Housing response team to identify and place newly arrived refugees in initial 90-day housing. Please contact them if you have rooms or housing available to house newly arrived refugees.  

IRC Oakland: For housing inquiries in support of Afghan refugees contact Kit Stebbins, Resettlement Coordinator via email.   

Burma Refugee Family Network: For housing inquiries in support of Afghan refugees contact Jodi de La Pena, via email.  

East Bay Refugee and Immigrant Forum listserv

To receive more information about resettlement efforts, please subscribe to the East Bay Refugee and Immigrant Forum listserv by contacting East Bay Refugee and Immigrant Forum Coordinator, Sean Kirkpatrick, via email

Foster Care:  

For those who speak Dari, Farsi, Pashto, or Arabic and are open to fostering Afghan children, please contact Alameda County Social Services, Department of Children & Family Services by visiting their website and completing the contact form or by calling the Alameda County Adoption and Foster Care Hotline at 510-259-3575.

Afghan Relief and Refugee Assistance Efforts:

We have compiled a list of resources to assist with visa information and legal services, how to contact your local congressmember, foster care, benefits, and information on donating and volunteering in the refugee relief efforts. Download the document here.