Help for Afghan evacuees: Immediate need

The Merrimack Valley will soon be welcoming 150+ evacuees from Afghanistan. The International Institute of New England (IINE) will be the host organization.

Do you want to help? Find out more?

There is a greater immediate need since most of the Afghans don’t fit into the traditional refugee category and are not eligible for immediate government benefits.

Are you interested in being a part of this project to welcome people from Afghanistan and help get them set up here as they adjust? How might you be able to offer support? Kinds of support include fundraising, donations, housing, driving, or being a team leader.

Please fill out this volunteer form if you are potentially interested in volunteering.

Please email David Lewis for more details on immediate and long term needs. Many local businesses and many individuals have already come forward.

About The International Institute of New England (IINE)

Founded in 1918, IINE has offices in Boston, Lowell, and Manchester (NH) and is preparing to weloome to this area at least 550 people fleeing persecution in the next twelve months, including Afghan evacuees. Many evacuees will not be eligible for public assistance and will need private support to meet their basic needs. They will need case management, direct financial assistance, English language training, and other services.

For more information, visit IINE’s website at