The last few weeks of August have been difficult to navigate: surges in COVID cases across the country, weather events that have taken precious lives and left people without homes, food, and power, a Supreme Court that is primed to destroy women's rights, and the end of a 20 year war that brings with it a refugee crisis (and so much more). We know we can't do it all. And we fear we will never do enough.
For September we'll be fundraising for the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston's Fund for Afghan Immigrants and Refugees. With your generosity, the Fund for Afghan Immigrants and Refugees will provide food, housing, job training, and other essential assistance to newcomers to the Greater Boston area, through their partners at Catholic Charities of Boston and Jewish Vocational Service (JVS). As always, we encourage you to make a direct donation - 100% of your donation will provide direct support for Afghan immigrants and refugees.
"...charity officials in Massachusetts expect as many as 1,000 Afghans could come to the state." from the September 3, 2021 Boston Globe article, "Mass., R.I. resettlement agencies prepare to welcome an influx of Afghan evacuees"
Interested in other ways you can help? Jewish Community Relations Council has a great resource list with immediate actions you can take to assist. From sponsoring a family to making housing available, there is something you can do.
UPDATE: We donated $790 to CJP's Fund for Afghan Immigrants and Refugees.
*Since launching the We Care Wednesday initiative in January 2017 we have donated over $44,500 to a variety of nonprofits doing essential work in our community as well as other places. From the Mayor's Disaster Fund to Girls Rock Boston to Movement Voter Project and Found In Translation. We select organizations that we feel represent not only our commitment to a better, more equitable world but also our desire to "do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can."