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Ways to Get Involved

How you can help

There are many different ways for communities and individuals to support our new neighbors as they restart their lives in Minnesota. There are four primary ways for every Minnesotan to support Operation Allies Welcome in Minnesota. 

Shop the Amazon wish list 

Our partners at Alight have created an Amazon Wishlist for needed items that will be delivered directly to families as they move into permanent housing. The wish list is updated on regular intervals to reflect the needs of newly arrived families.  

Donate goods 

Help a newly arrived family furnish their new home. Donate new and gently used household items and furniture to Bridging in Roseville or Bloomington. You can also donate new and gently used household items, including larger furniture, to Alight for new family apartments. Contact for more information.

Donate dollars 

Monetary donations are being used to provide safe lodging, healthy meals, legal services, and coordinated resources immediately upon arrival for families. Financial gifts will ensure that every new arrival has access to the supports they need to rebuild their family's well-being and contribute to Minnesota communities. Visit our GiveMN website to directly donate funds to help meet the most critical needs for families.


Serve as an AmeriCorps member with the Refugee Response Initiative (RRI) to support Afghan refugees. RRI AmeriCorps members get paid the equivalent of $15/hour, earn money to pay off student loans, and have the option of serving full-time or part-time.

Other ways to get involved

Still looking for ways to become more deeply involved in the coordinated response efforts? Find other opportunities to contribute below. 

  • Volunteer your time: The Salvation Army is staffing volunteers to support new arrivals. Contact 
  • Stay informed: Subscribe to the Help Afghan evacuees email updates from DHS. Information will be sent out as the situation evolves and needs are identified.
  • Attend the Afghan Evacuee Community Roundtable: Join a weekly community gathering hosted by the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans. To view meeting notes from the community roundtable, click here. If you have additional questions please contact

You can also get involved with one of the agencies supporting resettlement program in Minnesota:

The success of the resettlement response has been dependent on the leadership of many different cultural, interfaith, philanthropic, and nonprofit organizations, who have committed time, funds, and in-kind donations. These are just a few of our partners who are supporting the community-based response. 

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