Resources on welcoming Afghan refugees

As communities see an increase in Afghan arrivals and are looking for ways to support their resettlement, we have compiled the following resources for community leaders, organizations, and individuals to leverage in their work.

If you would like to add resources to this page, please email [email protected] for consideration.

Tips to Build & Sustain a Locally Welcoming Infrastructure

Welcoming America and a cadre of partners created this guide for municipal leaders looking to welcome Afghans and create sustainable infrastructure to support their wellbeing. It offers four key tips to create an equitable and welcoming environment, including mobilizing a multi-sector response group; creating a We Welcome Fund; sharing messages of welcome; and changing policy at the federal, state, and local levels. This guide was created in partnership with the National Partnership for New Americans, Cities for Action, Cities for Citizenship, Refugee Advocacy Lab, and We Are All America.

For Individuals

Contact Your Officials: Help Afghanistan Now Sign-on Letter! By MobilizeByChange

Urge President Biden and Congress to Protect Afghan Allies by LIRS

President Biden must act swiftly to protect at-risk Afghans by International Rescue Committee

Print an “I’m a Welcomer” sign, take a photo, post it on social media and tag Welcoming America

Send a message with swag: purchase welcomer swag on our online store

Ask your mayor or city council member to adopt a Welcoming Resolution (download template)

Encourage your faith communities to support/sponsor an arriving family

Welcome.US is a new national effort — built across sectors, political parties, and all walks of life — to empower Americans to welcome and support our new Afghan neighbors. In partnership with local and national resettlement agencies, Afghan-American organizations and leaders, refugees, community sponsorship groups, nonprofits, businesses, faith-based organizations, veterans, universities, and many others, Welcome.US will create a single point of entry for Americans who want to get involved and support the people starting new lives in the United States.