As the situation in Afghanistan continues to unfold, here are some tangible ways to respond:
Learn about the Afghan refugee crisis in Wisconsin:
- Statement from the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, co-signed by Bishop Erickson
- VIDEO (12 min.): “WCC Wednesday – Afghan Refugees in Wisconsin” featuring Rev. Kelly Nieman Anderson, GMS Immigration & Refugee Task Force volunteer coordinator
Support relief efforts by Lutheran Social Services (LSS). Lutheran Social Services will soon be welcoming a large number of Afghani refugees to our area, and they need our help providing services. While this is a fluid situation, and some details are still unclear at this time, LSS is seeking help in a number of ways outlined below:
- Cash donations to pay for housing for up to 6 months
- Congregations with space for dormitory-style settings for up to 3 months, with the ability to hook up several washers and dryers
- Catered food options and donations
- Personal hygiene kits
- Volunteers for recreation and child care respite for parents
- Volunteers for community outings
- Monetary donations for a resource fund, immediate use, and support (donate online or text LSSREFUGEE to 41444)
If you are able to assist, please contact Lutheran Social Services main office at 414-246-2300 (ask for Mary Flynn). Or, contact GMS Immigration & Refugee Task Force volunteer coordinator, Pastor Kelly Nieman Anderson, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-261-3059.
Support relief efforts by Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS): Read this flyer to learn more about immediate support needs from LIRS.
Support other direct resettlement relief agencies in Wisconsin: