Afghan Refugee Help

Afghanistan children with text reading Afghan Refugee Help

The City of Fremont’s Human Services Department is raising money to provide assistance to newly arriving Afghan refugees or those still in Afghanistan in unsafe conditions from the Taliban that the  USA  Government and/or NGO’s are still helping to exit Afghanistan. The Afghan Relief Help fund was proactively launched on August 18, 2021.

 Initially started as a local fund to assist and support our Afghan friends and neighbors in Southern Alameda County, many seeking visas and refugee status for their family members , and to aide other Afghans assigned to our community for refugee resettlement, word about the fund  was picked up by national media like CBS and the New York Times. The amount of funds raised has exceeded our initial expectations with funds generously arriving  from all over the United States.  While serving refugees coming to Southern Alameda County will continue to be our priority, requests may be also be reviewed and considered from a larger geographic base. Nonprofit organizations can request funds related to specific needs of refugee clients, anticipated future needs, or to offset an expense already accrued.

Organizations interested in requesting funds should click here to download the City of Fremont AR Help Guide for Organizations.

Fremont’s community has a strong track record of coming together in times of need, and we appreciate the support. We also have been heartened by outpouring of support we received from all over the country - 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.

How to Request Funds

Requests must be made by a representative of the organization either on organization letterhead or via an organization email address and shall include: 

  • Organization EIN
  • What is being requested
  • The number of people impacted/served by the funding– including whether it is a request for an individual, a family, or a group
  • The purpose of the request
  • The amount being requested
  • Whether the location of services is Southern Alameda County and if not where
  • Attach a copy of your W-9
  • Address of where to send check
  • Name, phone number, and email of contact person for finance 
  • Requests can be emailed here.  

Priority is given to the Tri-Cities, Hayward, and the Bay Area The Afghan Refugee Help fund will be managed by the City's Human Services Department, which will work with Afghan nonprofit  organizations to determine the priorities and needs of those new arrivals to our Country 

Click here to download of PDF outlining how to request funds.

Volunteer:

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

JFCS 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.