Posted by Kathy Kimberlin on Oct 06, 2021
As a Fremont Rotarian President Elect and Field Director for Alameda County Supervisor David Haubert, I am sharing the Supervisor’s request for clubs in District 5170 to come together to support the Afghan crisis. The Supervisor is also a Rotarian, a long time member of Dublin Rotary.
 
The Supervisor is asking for help and support for Afghan families that will be coming to our regions of Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Alameda County. County agencies and non profit organizations are preparing support and assistance with applications and connections for food, clothing, shelter, and healthcare. The Supervisor himself plans to Adopt a Family through personal contributions.
 
Supervisor Haubert is suggesting “Adopt A Family” and “General Support” as inspiration for giving. Both options are accomplished through donations.
The Adopt a Family idea is to support a host family to mitigate their increased cost of utilities, food etc. as they host individuals or a family. Host families are not being recruited at this time, but we will certainly note interest. Perhaps a club will come together and “Sponsor A Family” with funds.
 
Both Adopt A Family and General Support could go to well established and vetted regional agencies such as:
  • Fremont's Afghan Refugee Help Fund, which will work with local Afghan partner organizations to determine priorities and needs of new arrivals to the United States. Funds will be used for housing, food, clothing, and other items or services to assist refugees expected to arrive in our area.
  • The Afghan Coalition, a community-based organization in the East Bay that provides support and services to local Afghan community members.
  • International Rescue Committee  The International Rescue Committee, which operates branches in Oakland as well as internationally, has launched a $10 million appeal to raise funds for the emergency response to ensure aid can still be provided within Afghanistan, as well as to continue to provide support and protection for internally displaced people in Kabul. Donations can be made here.  
  • Jewish Family & Community Services of the East Bay, which has a Refugee Services team that welcomes new refugee in the East Bay and helps them with resources. They also are looking for volunteers.
Many people are asking if they may donate used clothing and other items, but we are hearing from local leaders that funds/donations/contributions would be most helpful allowing people get what they need and to support agencies who are providing hands on assistance to Afghan individuals and families. Hayward is working on setting up a welcome center where donations could be accepted, organized and then given out. Details tbd.
Rotarians always come to immediate and long-term needs locally and around the world. The Supervisor and I know this because we both are Rotarians and believe our effort together will make a significant difference to the horrible plight of innocent people fleeing their homeland for a safer life. Including foreign nationals who worked side by side with our soldiers and armed services.
 
We do hope that clubs will rally and support this humanitarian need. Please contact Kathy Kimberlin with questions or collaboration at: kathy.kimberlin@acgov.org or 510-552-0221