Afghan Refugee Crisis: How You Can Help

[last updated on 10/20/21]

The U.S. employed thousands of Afghan citizens as interpreters, translators, cultural advisors, drivers, and more. With the Taliban now in control of Afghanistan, these individuals and their families are in grave danger. 

For information for Afghans, please click here. is a movement formed by a coalition of international leaders, national and local non-profits, businesses, and philanthropies to help with the Afghanistan crisis.

The U.S. State Department set up this page with information and the Department of Homeland Security has this resource page.

Here are ways you can help:


  • Providing housing for newly-arrived Afghan families is currently the biggest need, but there are many different volunteer opportunities. If you are able to provide temporary or permanent housing or would like to support Afghan families in your community in another way please fill out this form

  • HIAS has 24 community affiliates around the U.S., many of which have specific pages dedicated to their Afghanistan-related volunteer opportunities. You can also reach out to other local refugee agencies to sign up. 

  • HIAS is partnering with Airbnb to connect displaced people in need of temporary housing  including refugees from Afghanistan  with community members who have available space to share. To learn more about this program, please visit Airbnb’s site

  • Congregations can mobilize and advocate on behalf of Afghan refugees. For those congregations considering sponsoring an Afghan or other refugee family in need, here is a resource guide.


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  • Your gift helps provide food, housing assistance, job training, gender-based violence counseling, and other critical needs for arriving Afghan citizens into the United States. Donate now.

Read about HIAS' response to the Afghan crisis here.