Buffalo United for Afghan Evacuees is an initiative started by the Western New York Refugee and Asylee Consortium (WNYRAC) that is working to raise $750,000 to help with the cost of living.
WNYRAC is comprised of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, International Institute of Buffalo, Jericho Road Community Health Center, Jewish Family Services of Western New York, and Journey’s End Refugee Services.
Evacuees are not given access to services and programs funded by the U.S. government that refugees and Special Immigrant Visa holders who help the military mission receive. WNYRAC started the initiative to make sure these evacuees basic needs of housing, health care, nutrition, schooling for children, and financial assistance are met.
"Afghan evacuees caught in this humanitarian crisis deserve the same opportunities traditionally afforded to refugees as they face the challenges of restarting their lives in a new country and culture," said Deacon Steve Schumer, president and CEO of Catholic Charities of Buffalo.
"The Buffalo United for Afghan Evacuees collaborative effort will demonstrate the compassion and generosity of our community to these individuals and families, and give them hope and real help for long-term sustainability."
Thank you in advance for contributing to this impactful fundraiser to welcome over 300 Afghan Evacuees to Buffalo and the Western New York area. Every dollar counts and goes toward providing incoming Afghan families with the basic supplies they need to get settled and begin to adjust to American society.
Learn more about the WNYRAC by clicking here.
Buffalo Rising Article: https://www.buffalorising.com/2021/09/buffalo-united-for-afghan-evacuees/