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How to help Afghan refugees: Where you can volunteer, donate, and more in Philadelphia

HIAS Pennsylvania, which is also based in Philly, also suggests some options for folks who want to volunteer:

  • Help resettle refugees with temporary housing via HIAS Pennsylvania’s partnership with Airbnb’s Open Homes initiative, through which you can “use your extra space to provide a welcoming stay for refugees.” More information is available on the HIAS Pennsylvania website.

  • Realtors and landlords who can provide affordable housing to refugees for six months to a year should contact community engagement specialist Anneke Kat at

If you speak Dari or Pashto and want to help interpret, you can sign with the Philadelphia Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). That group consists of more than 2,500 volunteers to help the city “during public health emergencies and large-scale events.” You can volunteer with the MRC by visiting the State Emergency Registry of Volunteers in Pennsylvania (SERVPA) website.

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