Volunteer to Help Newly Arrived Afghan Families

WJC SOJAC has joined ICNAW, the Interfaith Council for New Americans in Westchester, to co-sponsor the resettlement of refugee families. ICNAW is a volunteer-run organization supporting refugee families for 12-18 months, both financially and in their efforts to integrate into a new community successfully. They receive families directly from HIAS, a Jewish American nonprofit organization that provides humanitarian aid and assistance to refugees.

Soon HIAS will start placing Afghan refugee families around the country, including Westchester County. That is when ICNAW will begin the hands-on work of assisting the family in areas such as finding suitable housing and employment, obtaining necessary furnishings and dishware, registering family members for training or schools, tutoring children or adults in English, providing transportation to and from medical and governmental appointments, and introducing the family to cultural activities in the local area. Teens, ages 14 and up, are also welcome to volunteer for outdoor activities and homework help.

Want to join the effort?

  1. Checks can be made out to ICNAW (no tax deduction) – collected and bundled- and sent to Jeff Swarz, 100 New Roc City Plaza  Apt 220, New Rochelle, NY 10801 or to ICNAWs paypal account (no tax deduction): PayPal.Me/icnaw

  2. Made out to CUUC with ICNAW in the memo line (religious institution so should be tax deductible but we don’t give legal advice- donors have been doing this for years)

  3. Or cucwp.org – click on donate- choose “other” as an option and type in ICNAW- (also should be tax deductible). ICNAW is not a 501c3.

  4. Join us on Sunday, December 12th for a fundraiser for these efforts. Purcahse delicious, Kosher Afghan food “to go” prepared by an Afghan refugee (and amazing caterer) and WJC member and expert cook Herb Leventer, which will be available for pick up at WJC. Then enjoy the delicious Afghan cuisine while joining us for a live virtual event that evening featuring Afghan refugees alongside the volunteers who sponsored them telling their stories. Our suggested donation is $50 per person. Any additional donations for this cause are welcome anytime. Please RSVP, order your meals, and get more details here: https://forms.gle/rs3rL2mqTGepKSme7


*Please note that ICNAW is not a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, i.e., donations are not tax-deductible. However, 100% percent of funds collected go toward refugee families.

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