Resettling Afghan Families Together
NOVA RAFT is a grassroots coalition of neighbors committed to supporting newly arrived Afghan families as they join our Northern Virginia community.
Since August 2021, RAFT has collected donated household goods, furniture and electronics, raised money for household essentials, recruited volunteers, and successfully set up nearly 200 new homes. Working together, we have delivered nearly $1,000,000 in aid.
Along the way, RAFT volunteers have connected with the families and helped in other ways. Our volunteers support families as they struggle to access all of the benefits available to them, start children in school, study to get driver’s licenses, and, most importantly, find jobs. RAFT volunteers provide essential assistance to families learning how their new communities work, and we celebrate every step families take towards becoming part of their communities.
RAFT volunteers are now focused on helping Afghan refugees find employment in Northern Virginia. Our volunteers are preparing to help scout for employment opportunities for Afghan families, connect employers and refugees, and help families learn how to navigate public transportation. We continue to work with religious groups, non-profits, and businesses to support resettlement efforts.
We are excited you are here, and we need your help. You can get involved and help families feel welcome in our area.